GardenRant has a core of engaged readers who comment on our posts (and we thank you!) but the other 2,000 or so daily readers are unknown to us. So it was a nice surprise to be contacted out of the blue by Rant reader Lucille Ridlon, inviting me to...
Posted by Susan Harris on September 12, 2014 at 7:50 am. This post has 6 responses.
Guest Rant by Jane Scorer I know what is just around the corner… I can guess what I will be reading about, any time soon…the joys of the autumn and winter garden, that’s what. There will be pages about flaming autumn colour, and we will be encouraged to buy...
on September 11, 2014 at 7:19 am. This post has 27 responses.
Bears loomed large last month in Alaska, but there was more danger lurking for a scrapulation.* Close quarters and too much family togetherness always make for a menacing vacation threat. Rose, my daughter Molly, granddaughter Story and I spent ten days driving around south central Alaska. I’m happy...
Posted by Allen Bush on September 10, 2014 at 5:37 am. This post has 8 responses.
Books, Everybody's a Critic
Many of us have a love/hate affair with gardening advice and essays that come from across the Atlantic. There is always love, of course, for this mothership of great estate gardens, internationally known garden events, and giants of gardening design and literature like Gertrude Jekyll, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Pearson,...
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on September 8, 2014 at 8:45 am. This post has 6 responses.
Gardening on the Planet, Lawn Reform
Friend-of-Rant Benjamin Vogt wrote to tell me about his exciting new project on Indiegogo -ripping out his front lawn and replacing it with a wildlife garden that he’ll use to spread the word about how beautiful wildlife and native-plant gardens can be – even in front yards. He went...
Posted by Susan Harris on September 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm. This post has 12 responses.
At least the tiny garden in front of the Royal Rose Inn in Rehoboth Beach, DE got this potential customer’s attention when I walked by it this week, and you better believe I’ll be staying there the next time I visit. The garden said to me: ”Fun place to stay!”...
Posted by Susan Harris on September 5, 2014 at 9:36 am. This post has 3 responses.
But is it Art?
Wandering around Pittsburgh I came upon this fabulous mural depicting cherry blossoms in bloom and a charming collection of old homes. It was off the beaten track, enlivening not a park but the parking lot for a neighborhood restaurant. How does something so wonderful get done, anyway? By an...
Posted by Susan Harris on September 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm. This post has 19 responses.
But is it Art?, Unusually Clever People, What's Happening
This year’s international Park(ing) Day falls on September 19, a mere two weeks from now. On that day, individuals, groups, and businesses in cities around the world will commandeer on-street parking spaces and convert them to temporary parklets. These people-friendly spaces might include plants, seating, bike parking, games, exercise...
Posted by Evelyn Hadden on September 3, 2014 at 3:08 am. This post has 3 responses.
But is it Art?
From my recent stay in Pittsburgh I’ve shown you Randyland, which writer/adventurers Susan Reimer, Ginny Smith, Carrie Engel and I stumbled upon while playing hooky from hotel conference rooms. We were on our way to another destination, installation-art gallery the Mattress Factory, which had been called a “must-see” by keynote speaker...
Posted by Susan Harris on September 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm. This post has 7 responses.
I spent a sublime morning this week at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, in the beautiful State of Maryland. Outside the Visitor’s Center, a wildlife garden that includes Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis), The very-familiar Rudbeckia with the less common Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana). One...
Posted by Susan Harris on August 30, 2014 at 2:26 pm. This post has 4 responses.
by Don Boekelheide in Charlotte, North Carolina During a fierce summer thunderstorm last Friday night, I found out that Organic Gardening will no longer be with us next year. As the lightning flashed and the rain hammered down on the tin roof of the packing shed, I stared in disbelief...
on August 29, 2014 at 7:49 am. This post has 8 responses.
Eat This, Guest Rants
By Amanda Morris, Ph.D Twisted, dessicated, browned vines droop across their cages, all life and vitality wrecked by powdery mildew, too much water, not enough air, and failed planning. These are my spaghetti squash, Honey Bear acorn squash, Jubilee watermelon, Sugar Baby watermelon, and honeydew plants; a pitiful display...
on August 28, 2014 at 6:41 am. This post has 17 responses.
Green the Grounds, Lawn Reform, Ministry of Controversy
I have lived through drought before, but I have never seen anything like what I am witnessing now. I live in what is usually called an “up and coming” community – this is one of those places where artists and musicians come to raise their families, and before the...
Posted by Ivette Soler on August 27, 2014 at 10:05 am. This post has 43 responses.
It’s a fact that botanical gardens have to keep on their toes to attract visitors throughout the year. Just as with art museums, a great collection is not enough. In addition to the traditional special events, like orchid, mum, spring flower, coleus, and poinsettia shows, there must be model...
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on August 25, 2014 at 8:49 am. This post has 8 responses.
Ministry of Controversy
To most of the media, it’s the famous education reformer Michelle Rhee, ex-DC Schools Chancellor, who’s controversial, unpopular, even reviled by some, especially teachers’ unions. (Interesting read on the subject.) So when Scotts MiracleGro recently named her as a trustee, teachers called for a boycott of Scotts, and readers were presumably left with the...
Posted by Susan Harris on August 22, 2014 at 9:03 am. This post has 28 responses.