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One of the most uniquely designed properties in the entire Hudson Valley!

Martin Salerno of TKG Real Estate offers an art/design lover’s dream, well located to enjoy all that the Berkshires and Hudson Valley have to offer.

TRANSFORMATIONS: A lake house metamorphosis in three months

Welcome to our new section, Home, Garden & Design, where we will be posting articles by prominent local architects, landscape designers and interior designers. Each article wilI follow the evolution of a project, from beginning to end, guaranteed to give you good ideas for your own home, garden, and design.

NATURE’S TURN: Natives expand our sense of community. Plant onions!

When we view the native plants that surround our gardens and yards as an extension of our cultivated areas, part of the living, pulsating community that shapes our sense of place, we more fully express ourselves as gardeners and stewards of the Earth.

NATURE’S TURN: Savor spring’s firsts and draw a garden plan

When it is cold outdoors and chilled hands send us in, take the time to create or complete planting plans for the vegetable garden, perennial beds and borders.

NATURE’S TURN: Winter’s sweet good-bye

“A sap-run is the sweet good-bye of winter. It is the fruit of the equal marriage of the sun and frost.” -- John Burroughs, in Signs and Seasons, 1886

NATURE’S TURN: Seeding our gardens, caring for the earth

"To grow healthy food requires a vibrant diversity of plants, animals and soil life. These form the immune system of your land that together help each other to sustain the farm. The soil we work with as part of a farm organism needs our help to be healthy.” -- Lia Babitch, seed garden manager at Turtle Tree Seed

NATURE’S TURN: Halfway to spring; Wild and domestic pleasures

Forcing plants to awake from winter dormancy well before their season is a wonderful experiment at home and in educational settings.

NATURE’S TURN: Garden to table: Good keepers

In planning the garden my emphasis is on staple crops that store without any preparation and fit into the existing storage “infrastructure.” Additional priorities include planting produce that is expensive to purchase in winter or not available organically grown.

NATURE’S TURN: Winter garden 

In the first of her biweekly columns about growing and gardening in the Berkshires, Judy Isacoff writes: "Stars, the sunlit moon and planets circle the expanse of frozen, fertile ground during these long nights. There’s the sense of a night shift at work underground."