Renowned among Island gardeners, Paul Jackson has spent years working the soil in his Edgartown home garden, with awe-inspiring results.

Susan Catling

Five ways to brighten gardens with color and texture during the dormant season.

Tim Boland

Fifteen tried-and-true perennials, plus a few other thoughts on flowers and foliage.

Peggy Schwier

A day after talking to farmer, gardener, and SBS owner Liz Packer of Vineyard Haven about gardening with seaweed and other sea-related products, she calls from the north shore and leaves this message: “I’m standing on the beach and I just have to say that we live in an extraordinary place – most of our waters are healthy enough to still be rife with fish, shellfish, and seaweed.” She takes a breath and continues, “And there is an interconnectedness between the land and sea here that is amazing.

Mollie Doyle

Artist and gardener David Geiger created a vibrant, ever-changing aquatic habitat at his wooded Chilmark property.

Joyce Wagner

If you ask any farmer or gardener on Martha’s Vineyard, they’ll tell you that manure is one of our most precious resources.

Mollie Doyle

Preparing your yard and gardens for winter can take a fair amount of work and organization each year.

Geoff Currier

You can enliven the landscape and help cultivate the Island’s rich ecological diversity by planting wildflowers.

Matt Pelikan


Works of Garden Art

On the one hand, there are paintings of gardens and plants – Monet’s water lilies, Van Gogh’s sunflowers, Rousseau’s lush, tropical fantasies. On the other, there are gardens that are works of art themselves – the Tuileries of Paris, the gardens of Winterthur in Delaware, the bordered walkways of the Alhambra in Spain. The intersection of art and gardens is time-honored, and it continues today, here on Martha’s Vineyard.     

Works of Garden Art

The intersection of art and gardens is time-honored, and it continues today, here on Martha’s Vineyard.

A Homegrown Woman

On a little farm squeezed between hills off State Road in Tisbury, Lynne Irons has created a world that feeds both body and soul.

Finding Israel

In the midst of winter some of us dream big garden dreams. And we start out with the best of intentions, we really do. Come July, though, we might just be overwhelmed by the gardening equivalent of eyes-being-bigger-than-stomachs, and a mess of weeds and tangled flowers. What’s a desperate gardener to do?

Into a New Land

Being a transplant myself (my husband 
and I recently moved from upstate New York 
to Martha’s Vineyard), I am sensitive to the 
problems, perils, and benefits of transplantation. When we moved, I brought some of my favorite garden plants, mostly perennials and shrubs. 
As I dug in and cared for my green family, I 
worried about which ones would thrive in this new environment and whether my horticultural skills were up to the challenge. I also worried about the potential threat of introducing new vegetation to the Island.

Into a New Land

Putting down roots in a new place can be as hard for plants as for the humans who nurture them.

A Whole 'Nother Ball Game: Pétanque on Martha’s Vineyard

The French game of pétanque (or boules) was brought to the Vineyard in the early 1960s 
by Yvette and Max Eastman.

The Quest for the Best in the Veggie Competition at the Agricultural Fair

One gigantic zucchini, and perfect pumpkins, much larger than your head.

Blue, Blue, My Bloom is Blue

On-Island hydrangeas: “Pink and Pretty is beautiful,” says Don Brown of Vineyard Gardens in West Tisbury, “but I’d have to say Nikko Blue is my favorite. There are just so few things that bloom that true blue in the garden.”

Emily's Garden

Emily Bramhall’s flower garden in Chilmark may call to mind a painting by Monet, but it is better likened to a moving picture than to a still image.