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It’s Tip Time Again

by Susan
COOL GARDEN VIDEO FROM TWIN CITIES TV  
This just in from Peter Hoh – a local TV station does a great job showing off Wally’s Amazing Garden.  Click right here: http://kstp.com/article/stories/S213035.shtml?cat=1&v=1

I love the video because it includes footage from various times of the year and – essential in showcasing this 26-acre world-class garden – aerial views!  The human story is interesting, too.  In only 7 years a retired businessman created the garden (obviously with help), discovering the type of garden he wanted through trips to England and researching books and catalogues.  Wally’s garden is featured in the book 1001 Gardens You Must See
Before You Die
.  Most of the gardens listed there are public but this one’s not, so we have local TV to thank for being able seeing it.

COLLECTING NUTS FOR THE BAY          
From Pamela Fields in Maryland I learned that people in my town are collecting native hardwood seeds (acorns, walnuts, etc.) and delivering them to the
town library. She writes: "Growing Native.org, a program
of the Potomac Conservancy, then donates the seeds to state-run nurseries, which
grow them into seedlings and plant them along the rivers and streams that make
up the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. The trees filter pollution,
making the water cleaner, keeping the stream and river banks from eroding, and
helping the environment in many other ways."

I’m just surprised those state-run nurseries don’t have enough of their own acorns but hey, if mine can be put to good use, I’m cool with that.

FAVORITE SOURCES OF PLANTS
A question arose on my local listserv:  Anybody have any experience ordering from Springhill Nursery?  Turns out that yes, several people do and the results weren’t happy.  Then listserv member Alex Bardsley tipped us off to what the Davesters among you already know: the Watchdog 30.  From Dave’s Garden:

These 30 companies are currently the most highly rated
within our entire database. Each of them is listed here because of feedback
from their customers.

Antique
Rose Emporium, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., Bluestone Perennials,
Brushwood Nursery, Buried Treasures, Chamblee’s Rose Nursery, Classy
Groundcovers, Direct Source Hostas, ECOLAGE, Forestfarm, Garden
Crossings LLC, Garden Store-N-More, Gardener’s Supply Company, Hallson
Gardens, High Country Gardens, Katz Kuntry Kuttins, Lazy S’S Farm &
Nursery, Lee Valley Tools, Ltd., Logee’s Greenhouses, Ltd., Made in the
Shade Gardens, Oakes Daylilies, Old House Gardens – Heirloom Bulbs,
Onalee’s Home-Grown Seeds & Plants, Paradise Garden, Plant Delights
Nursery, Select Seeds Antique Flowers, Sooner Plant Farm (home of
Imagine Backyard Trees®), Territorial Seed Company, The Tasteful
Garden, Touch of Nature, Inc.

GREEN MARKETING
While we’re talking about the gardening biz, here‘s a revealing look at how the advertising world is glomming onto environmentalism.   I must admit, when I read that there are "vertical platforms
supporting green ad networks" I’m lost.  And are they calling us a "green sub-segment"?  Is this all just greenwashing or can something good come from this, like sponsors and money actually going to some entertaining and enlightening writers on the Web?

Let me know if you sent me this story; otherwise I’m claiming credit for running across it.

 

Posted by on October 27, 2007 at 3:09 pm, in the category Uncategorized.
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7 responses to “It’s Tip Time Again”

  1. tibs says:

    LOHAs are their target audience. “Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability”. I am GEPID: “Gardens as Excuse to Play In Dirt.”

  2. susan harris says:

    Tibs, that was GOOD.

  3. eliz says:

    I have some issues with Wally. I think it’s a shame that he doesn’t ever open the garden to visitors. It’s his choice and his property, of course, but he would not have been able to learn from all the examples he toured in England and France if everyone was like him.

    I wonder if he’s using organic methods–they don’t say. That would be interesting to know, with all those roses.

  4. Marte says:

    I’m with you, Elizabeth. I thought Wally sounded terribly arrogant also. Maybe only twelve people have seen the garden for a good reason.

  5. eliz says:

    Yes, Marte, and here’s another thing I don’t like about Wally–the fig leaf on the David reproduction.

    I have no problem with reproductions–we have a David in Buffalo–but do not insult the artist with tacky additions.

  6. Peter Hoh says:

    A great number of gardens currently open to the public started out as private gardens. And while a garden may start out as an individual’s passion, the key to sustaining a garden into the future lies in opening it up to the public. This is something that the DuPonts recognized, and has led to a number of wonderful public gardens in Delaware and Southeast Pennsylvania such as Winterthur and Longwood Gardens.

  7. I dropped offmy nuts (oak acorns) a few weks ago at the Takoma Park Library pick-up spot. If anyone needs seedlings of Southern Red Oaks – just give me a shout! – I’m keep a pot of them growing – I add to them as I weed them out of my beds.

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