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    Gardening on the Planet, Ministry of Controversy

    Disaster in the Smokies

    A national park since 1926, the Great Smokies at times seem overshadowed by the spectacular parks of the west: Zion, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone. In fact, a list I saw of the best national parks only includes one park in the eastern US: Acadia. I visited this park a...

    Posted by on December 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm.   This post has 5 responses.
    What's Happening

    For Giving Tuesday, consider Kids Gardening

    Today only, donations to Kids Gardening will be doubled, up to $10,000.

    Posted by on November 29, 2016 at 8:05 am.   This post has no responses.
    Guest Rants

    On the Industrialization of Gardening

    Guest Rant by Sheera Stern, who gardens in Metuchen, NJ As fall segues into winter, we are all relieved that the whine of the gas-powered leaf-blower has finally ceased. (By the way, the electric Ryobi is at a lower decibel, but a higher pitch, and possibly even more annoying,...

    Posted by Sheera Stern on November 28, 2016 at 10:46 am.   This post has 14 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling, What's Happening

    Red-Free Holiday Decorations!

    Same-old holiday decorations, dominated by your basic Crayola red, give me the bah-humbugs faster than “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on repeat play. So the holiday display that opened yesterday at the U.S. Botanic Garden is a relief and a respite for this perennial Scrooge because red seems to have been...

    Posted by on November 25, 2016 at 8:47 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    Eat This, Ministry of Controversy

    Fresh from the farm? Not always a guarantee.

    I love Thanksgiving. I love cooking the meal so much, that, though we’re always invited to friends, I buy a turkey and all the fixings anyway and cook it the next day. The ritual of mixing stuffing, wrangling the slippery bird, adding too much butter to the mashed potatoes,...

    Posted by on November 24, 2016 at 11:00 am.   This post has 7 responses.
    Guest Rants

    Hostas, Hate, and a Helluva Year

      Guest Ranter Scott Beuerlein inherited 300 hostas from a divorcée many years ago. He doesn’t know the name of a single one. There’s more to life.   I have had a long and tumultuous relationship with hostas. There’s been laughter. Tears. Love. Hate. Arguments on the phone. Drunken...

    Posted by on November 23, 2016 at 7:39 am.   This post has 10 responses.
    Tune In, What's Happening

    Cellar Holes

    I took a break from leaf clean-up the other day (one of the penalties I pay for my garden’s wonderful woodland site) and took a walk to enjoy the late fall woods. This presents a very different aspect at this season, for with the leaves all down, the interior...

    Posted by on November 21, 2016 at 7:30 am.   This post has 10 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling

    Sex Talk at the US Botanic Garden

    I returned last week to the U.S. Botanic Garden for another lesson in plant morphology, but this one was a bit sexier than the foliage talk I posted about here. This time, Dr. Susan Pell talked flowers and her audience quickly caught on that this talk would be R-rated. Early one...

    Posted by on November 18, 2016 at 8:05 am.   This post has 5 responses.
    Garden Rant turns 10

    #TBT: Top ten houseplants, according to me

    It’s houseplant time, at least in the northerly zones. So it seems like a good time to repeat this post from November 2008. I think I pretty much agree with this list, except maybe the sansevieria and the spathiphyllum, both of which I’ve gotten sick of. And I think...

    Posted by on November 17, 2016 at 9:32 am.   This post has 5 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling, Ministry of Controversy, Science Says

    My Tiny Oak Forest

      The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. –Ralph Waldo Emerson I’m not giving into global warming or to Donald Trump. I’m planting acorns. I won’t live to see my oaks grow into a thick forest canopy, but time’s a wasting. Regardless of the president-elect’s head-in-the-sand...

    Posted by on November 16, 2016 at 7:20 am.   This post has 9 responses.
    Gardening on the Planet, Shut Up and Dig

    The bad leaf advice—it’s baaack!

    It’s that time of year again—gardeners are getting silly advice from the Wildlife Federation and other nature-centric organizations about why they should try to leave their leaves in place to provide wildlife habitat and “natural mulch.” Many gardening columnists and Facebookers are picking up the NWF’s 2014 “Leave the...

    Posted by on November 15, 2016 at 9:50 am.   This post has 13 responses.
    Watch Someone Else Do It

    Bulb-Forcing Videos

    Forcing spring-blooming bulbs is a popular topic here on the Rant, thanks to Elizabeth, our bulb-forcer extraordinaire. She inspired us at Good Gardening Videos to find videos demonstrating bulb-forcing to recommend to viewers – people like me who learn best by being shown. These 8 videos on the topic have...

    Posted by on November 12, 2016 at 7:03 pm.   This post has 4 responses.
    What's Happening

    “Most Beautiful Bike Trail in the East”

    Need some calming images? I sure do, so I’m sharing a few from my glorious visit to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware last week, where I greeted this sunrise. I always rent a bike at the beach, then cruise around slowly, admiring the residential landscaping. But for this visit I took...

    Posted by on November 11, 2016 at 9:44 am.   This post has one response.
    Real Gardens

    Aunt Rose’s Garden

    The sun rose along the Potomac River on Monday morning and swept across a canopy of bright fall colors. Quickly reaching the huge silver maple, along the fenced property line, then swung straight down the middle of Aunt Rose’s long, narrow Georgetown garden. Nothing momentous had happened overnight. The...

    Posted by on November 9, 2016 at 12:20 pm.   This post has 3 responses.
    Books

    Don’t forget to vote—and even if your candidate doesn’t win, you can win this book!

          We have a winner! Congrats: Linda Gribko! We posted about All the Presidents’ Gardens when Timber ran a contest to win a trip to DC, but didn’t get into too much detail. It’s a really fun book; it’s also very well-researched by author Marta McDowell and...

    Posted by on November 8, 2016 at 9:04 am.   This post has 30 responses.