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    Guest Rants, Ministry of Controversy

    Firing Linda Chalker-Scott? Wrong is Wrong

    Guest Rant by Jeff Gillman (This is the second rant here about the attempted firing of Chalker-Scott. Here’s the first.) And there it is….Our own Linda Chalker-Scott has been accused of being incompetent and is being investigated by Washington State University. If found incompetent, she will be removed from...

    Posted by Jeff Gillman on April 21, 2016 at 3:44 pm.   This post has 4 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, Real Gardens

    Setting the Pace

    What a great Spring it has been here in Boise — alternating periods of rain and sun, almost as if Mother Nature knew what the newly emerging and recently planted plants needed for optimal growth. The trees and shrubs are mostly leafed out, and the bumble bees just appeared...

    Posted by on April 20, 2016 at 11:29 am.   This post has 7 responses.
    Garden Bloggers Fling

    See you in the Twin Cities?

    By now, many of you must have heard about the yearly garden blogger get-togethers that have been running since 2008. Pam Penick of Digging got it started; the first one took place in Austin, which is home to great gardens and—at that time, anyway—quite a cohort of garden bloggers....

    Posted by on April 19, 2016 at 8:00 am.   This post has 3 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling, Taking Your Gardening Dollar

    Plant Shopping Dos and Don’ts

    Plant-shopping is a hobby for most addicted gardeners, but it’s also a craft. Years ago, when I wanted to sharpen my skills, I consulted with the buyer for a busy Long Island landscape installation company; this company depended for its reputation on installing only first class plants. The buyer...

    Posted by on April 18, 2016 at 9:41 am.   This post has 9 responses.
    Public Gardens, What's Happening

    Your Azalea-Eaglet Update

    I posted recently about the birth of two bald eaglets at the National Arboretum and the totally addictive Eagle Cam recording the action. I mentioned having unanswered questions about restrictions on the public’s access to their famous azalea collection, blooming nearby and now, with the email glitch between the...

    Posted by on April 15, 2016 at 9:22 am.   This post has no responses.
    Garden Rant turns 10, It's the Plants, Darling

    #TBT: Plant Lust

    Here’s a May, 2007 post from Garden Rant co-founder Amy Stewart, in which she speaks of a situation that has only grown in significance since when this was posted. Gardeners Like Us are naturally suspicious of “branded” plants, particularly when that brand has a hokey name like Proven Winners. ...

    Posted by on April 14, 2016 at 6:46 am.   This post has 8 responses.
    Eat This, Real Gardens, What's Happening

    Rosemary Up the Ass and the Stinking Hellebore

      Mary Vaananen, a Jelitto Perennial Seeds colleague, emailed sad news on my first day in Florence, Italy. Judith Tyler had died. Jude was a longtime friend. She and her husband, Dick, grew hellebores at their Pine Knot Farms in Clarksville, Virginia. For the next two days, I staggered around...

    Posted by on April 13, 2016 at 7:04 am.   This post has 8 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling

    Wildflowers—learning to settle

    A Facebook post from Rant partner Allen Bush got me thinking about wildflowers—not that we’ve been seeing too many flowers outside of any type here in Western New York. Now is the spring of our discontent: after a semi-glorious winter that had temps frequently breaking into the sixties and...

    Posted by on April 12, 2016 at 7:54 am.   This post has 12 responses.
    Books, What's Happening

    All the Presidents’ Gardens, and a Free Trip to DC

    The Contest Timber Press, publisher of All the Presidents’ Gardens by Marta McDowell, is launching the book by sending a lucky winner to DC – enter to win before April 15. The winner (and guest) can use the prize any time, and assuming they enjoy visiting gardens, I suggest checking the DC...

    Posted by on April 7, 2016 at 8:22 pm.   This post has 2 responses.
    Garden Rant turns 10, Ministry of Controversy, Shut Up and Dig

    #TBT: Yardening is not a word

    This April 2007 post from me got some interesting comments, including a very nice response from Jeff Ball, who (we think)  invented the phrase. By the way, I entered “yardening” into a Shutterstock (the stock photo servive we use) search and got a bunch of images from yarden, Israel...

    Posted by on April 7, 2016 at 7:34 am.   This post has 5 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling, Real Gardens

    Showing Off My Grandplants

    One marker of true success for me as a gardener, a situation in which I feel I’ve received a “gold star” from Nature, is when a plant I’ve placed in the garden produces an offspring. Ecologically, this doesn’t necessarily mean I picked the perfect spot for that plant. A...

    Posted by on April 6, 2016 at 2:55 am.   This post has 5 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, Everybody's a Critic

    An irresistible DIY book

    I am the last person who should be writing about DIY projects. As far as the house is concerned, we have to have contractors for everything, including minor fixture installations and any painting. We build nothing. We fix nothing. What cleaning is needed gets done every two weeks by...

    Posted by on April 5, 2016 at 8:33 am.   This post has no responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, It's the Plants, Darling, Ministry of Controversy, Uncategorized

    Perils of Plantsmanship

    Recently I went to a lecture at the New York Botanical Garden by Italian garden designer Luciano Giubbilei. His passion was infectious and his images were ravishing – spectacular gardens composed of just a handful of elements. This was a message that particularly resonated with me, as I’ve become...

    Posted by on April 4, 2016 at 10:43 am.   This post has 19 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

    Garden Flag Reveal!

    My most recent post about garden flags included muslin garden flags that I tie-dyed and the promise to show readers what they look like hanging in my garden, where they’re supposed to not just look pretty but screen some bad views. So here’s the view from my back garden toward the...

    Posted by on April 1, 2016 at 6:45 am.   This post has 11 responses.
    Garden Rant turns 10, Ministry of Controversy

    #TBT: Jerry Baker, Still Quacking

    Susan first ranted about home remedy-hawker Jerry Baker (“America’s Master Gardener”) on her own blog in March of 2006, and it was that rant that caught the attention of Amy Stewart and Michele Owens, who were then scheming about a team blog. Here’s Susan’s July 30, 2006 follow-up post...

    Posted by on March 31, 2016 at 8:36 am.   This post has 4 responses.