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The One and Only Poison Ivy Horticulturist

Superman was the most thrilling comic book hero of my boyhood. “Look… Up in the sky…It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman!” I felt better knowing that good would conquer evil—eventually. Now, J.J. Burkman and the “team of horticulturalists-turned-heroes are fighting an evil villain named Heart Root and...

Posted by on April 12, 2017 at 8:07 am.   This post has 4 responses.
Feed Me, Ministry of Controversy

Sorry, no seeds—or cereal—for me, GM

Full disclosure: I have a relationship with Cheerios. On any given morning, when I step out into the garden, a pleasant smell, kind of like baking, is often lightly wafting through the air. It’s coming from the General Mills plant down at the waterfront. It started making Cheerios as...

Posted by on April 11, 2017 at 7:41 am.   This post has 6 responses.
Real Gardens

Eye Candy from a Famous Spanish Designer

In my 40+ years in the DC area, I’ve been invited to very few embassy functions. It was thanks to my garden writing that the Embassy of Spain invited me to a recent event at Dumbarton Oaks – so right there, count me IN, almost no matter the topic. But...

Posted by on April 7, 2017 at 8:33 am.   This post has 2 responses.
Guest Rants, Real Gardens

Garden Redesign: Evaluate Everything and Have No Mercy

Guest Post by Wendy Kiang-Spray Usually, when I look out my kitchen window this time of year, I look forward to the delicate, pale purple-topped baptisia that will delight me for a few short weeks, or peony stems poking through whose stunning flowers I’ll stop daily to admire upon...

Posted by Wendy Kiang-Spray on April 5, 2017 at 7:55 am.   This post has 10 responses.
Gardening on the Planet, Ministry of Controversy, Science Says

Clean water? Fresh air? Unspoiled national parks? Science? Who needs ’em?

After appointing what are essentially bizzaro-world choices to lead the EPA, and other government offices that might affect the natural environment, the current administration has removed key  protections through executive order and plans to get rid of many more through upcoming budget changes. The done deals include allowing coal...

Posted by on April 4, 2017 at 10:05 am.   This post has 4 responses.
It's the Plants, Darling, Shut Up and Dig

In the Green

This time of year, when the snowdrops bloom, I always think of Bill Owens.  Bill was a remarkable man:  born in 1905 in the tiny community of Pin Hook, Texas, he was raised in poverty by his widowed mother.  His teaching at a one-room schoolhouse was all from one...

Posted by on April 3, 2017 at 8:53 am.   This post has 8 responses.
Watch Someone Else Do It

Gardens and Gardening on Video

While we’re waiting for the last year of GardenRant’s posts to be restored (long, frustrating story), enjoy the 14 new videos I recently added to the nonprofit educational campaign Good Gardening Videos. HOME GARDENS Tour a STUNNING GARDEN NEAR AUSTIN, with great plants and the best-looking stormwater solutions you’ve ever...

Posted by on April 1, 2017 at 9:09 pm.   This post has 4 responses.
Science Says, Shut Up and Dig

Is Facebook a great place for gardening questions? Usually not.

It can depend on who’s in your friend list, but I’ve seen enough to determine that asking random gardening questions on Facebook is an exercise in frustration and bad information. The ones I have seen on my feed—usually about plant IDs or houseplant problems—get such a wide range of...

Posted by on March 27, 2017 at 2:55 pm.   This post has 2 responses.
It's the Plants, Darling

Me and my Weepers

Guest Post by Bob Hill I have never fully understood my attraction to weeping plants and I really don’t want to pay some nerdy-looking guy with a psychology degree about $250-an-hour to find out. Truth be told, I’ve spent some time drinking beer and exchanging words like “theorization” and...

Posted by on March 22, 2017 at 7:14 am.   This post has no responses.
Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

Designer Puts Tallamy’s Advice into Practice

New England-area garden designer Matthew Cunningham will be speaking in Silver Spring, Maryland for the local chapter of APLD on Saturday February 11 from 10 to noon. His topic: “Stone, Wood, & Metal in Landscape Design.” (Reserve a spot here.) To bring attention to his talk, we were offered...

Posted by on March 3, 2017 at 6:26 pm.   This post has Comments Off on Designer Puts Tallamy’s Advice into Practice.
Watch Someone Else Do It

PlantPOP Wants to Film Your Story

In a recent post I recommended some videos by the very cool “horticultural film studio” PlantPOP (also on Youtube) and promised more about them soon. One phone call later, here ya go. To me it’s a fascinating story of art meets commerce. Art Parkerson grew up in the Tidewater region...

Posted by on February 14, 2017 at 6:22 pm.   This post has Comments Off on PlantPOP Wants to Film Your Story.
Ministry of Controversy, Shut Up and Dig

Stick to gardening

Life is messy. I think we can all agree. You’d like to keep all the separate activities—professional life, family, hobbies, friends, travel—in their little boxes, but it’s never easy. Things run together, things collide, especially in the age of social media. I look at my Facebook posts from five...

Posted by on January 31, 2017 at 3:42 pm.   This post has Comments Off on Stick to gardening.
Unusually Clever People

A Fond Farewell to Evelyn Hadden

After three years as a regular GardenRanter, Evelyn Hadden has retired from blogging to concentrate on her music. Her last post was in October but in hopes that she’d change her mind, none of us announced it, or thanked her for her many wonderful posts, which we know readers...

Posted by on January 27, 2017 at 6:36 pm.   This post has Comments Off on A Fond Farewell to Evelyn Hadden.
Ministry of Controversy, Shut Up and Dig

Just the facts

Alternative facts, that is. If there is any group of people that has learned to accept unpleasant realities—often brought on by natural forces—that group is gardeners. So I’m happy to know that I can devise, twist, and present my own version of gardening facts. Now is the time, before...

Posted by on January 24, 2017 at 3:32 pm.   This post has Comments Off on Just the facts.

Canada, o Canada

This is part 1 of my garden-related thoughts on Inauguration Day. If, like millions, you’ve been pining for Trudeau-led Canada, picture this. It’s my friend Linda’s new home on Salt Spring Island near Vancouver, and a view from her deck. She moved there last summer (prescient!) after a two-year legal...

Posted by on January 20, 2017 at 6:43 pm.   This post has Comments Off on Canada, o Canada.