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Coming to the interwebs near you


Don’t look now, but the Garden Examiners are multiplying, and we’re happy to say that many of them are coming from the world of garden blogging. An online news source that has the usual hard news, lifestyle, and entertainment categories, Examiner.com has been hiring garden writers to post 3-5 times a week on garden topics of their choice. I don’t really like the idea of one big .com providing news for the whole country, but I do like the idea of garden writers providing local information with that amount of frequency.

I was particularly interested in this column by the Denver GE, Mary Choate, in which she advises gardeners to visit local preserves if they want to see what really works in their area, and has this to say about peer-enforced gardening habits.

Some gardeners seek to help their water-loving plants by employing the full force of their democratic ability to require their neighbors to also provide irrigated lawns and otherwise change the ecology to something it originally wasn’t. These codified zoning laws and municipal (or quasi-municipal) ordinances are generally as bad for the unwilling homeowner as for the biosphere itself.

If you care to check out other Examiner columns, you’ll find

•Carol/May Dreams recommending a garden book without fancy photography;
•Dee/Red Dirt Rambling talking about native grasses;
• Mary Ann/Idaho Gardener boosting CSAs;
•Robin/Bumblebee interviewing an author about the original wild gardener; and
•TC enthusing about sustainable gardening.

I won’t say that all the Examiner.com stuff is always that different from ordinary print garden columns, but it is a welcome addition, and the frequency allows for a diverse range of advice, not just what to do in the spring, early summer, late summer, etc.

No Buffalo outlet yet, but I’m ready for my close-up!

Posted by on October 1, 2008 at 1:00 pm, in the category Unusually Clever People.
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5 responses to “Coming to the interwebs near you”

  1. well, I totally felt the ranting love, there!

  2. Gardening is local! That’s one of the beauties of the Examiner concept–national coverage but also coverage of topics relevant to your geographic area. FYI – It’s a big part of what I tell gardeners looking for advice. See: http://www.examiner.com/x-346-Gardening-Examiner~y2008m6d13-When-Good-Plants-Go-Bad–Where-to-Find-Help.

    Thanks for the shoutout!

    Robin Wedewer
    National Gardening Examiner

  3. Gail says:

    Hear! Hear! I do enjoy their writing!

  4. Thanks for the linkage love Elizabeth. We could all use it. One thing I do like about Examiner.com is the locality of it. They don’t tell us what subjects to discuss, or how to write the columns. It is entirely up to us, so we sink or swim on our own.~~Dee

  5. Anna says:

    This is an excellent review and bravo to our gardeners who work hard to get that many articles done in one week.