Back on track

Back on track

These high-end 1880s-style rail cars currently parked in Contoocook can take more than six months to build, but once done they evoke another era Playing with trains is a near-universal pleasure, but few of us have taken it as far as Chi Hofe. Behind the barn alongside...
The need for seeds

The need for seeds

When spring comes, gardeners itch to get plants into the soil. The same goes for foresters. Tree lovers are descending on the Concord area every year to pick up their annual allotment of bare-root seedlings from the State Forest Nursery, which began by providing baby...
A tribute to Katie

A tribute to Katie

For this dad, only lilacs can capture his daughter’s beauty The idea hit John Bentley at the West Salisbury Cemetery. A horticultural geek since childhood, Bentley always loved lilacs best. His daughter, Katie, buried in the cemetery, always loved purple best. And the...
Not great at giving gifts? Some ideas

Not great at giving gifts? Some ideas

By DAVID BROOKS For those of us who are lousy at thinking up Christmas presents for family and friends, the pandemic has a silver lining: Finally, we have a good excuse. Some stores have closed, we don’t feel safe shopping in person, supply chain snafus mean stuff...