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The Renegade Gardener’s
High Spot/Black Spot Awards

Don Engebretson has done it again.  His High Spot/Black Spot Awards for 2008 are up and as entertaining as ever.  My favorites?


Gardener of the Year – Bono. 

His almost x-rated description of a particular heuchera. 

And his appreciation for, IMHO, the most underappreciated sustainable plant ever – the weigela (and shrubs as a group!)

Thanks, Don.

Posted by on January 3, 2009 at 4:51 am, in the category Unusually Clever People.
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6 responses to “The Renegade Gardener’s
High Spot/Black Spot Awards”

  1. Thanks for the link. Always a fun read in the new year. I just wish he had let us know sooner about the awards ceremony so we could have been there in heavy parka, in person!

  2. Les says:

    Thank you so much for the link. I had such a good time at this year’s ceremonies, that I visited the archives of previous years. I wish there was more humor and attitude like this in the gardening world.

  3. Marte says:

    Renagade Gardener is one of my favorite garden blogs. And “Perennials for Minnesota and Wisconsin” continues to be my go-to reference every summer. Thanks Don! (but when and if you revise it, please include baptisia — or do you consider false indigo a shrub?)

  4. greg draiss says:

    Bono is an A^%hole not worthy of the time of day……….


  5. gina says:

    The warning sign for bears nearly made me pee myself.

  6. Marte, one of the dirty little secrets of writing a plant book, you have X number of pages and X number of plants to include … I argued hard for Baptisia but my editor had final say. Should have included Baptisia at the expense of Linum/Flax or Sempervivum/Hens and Chicks, neither of which I grow. Although I did try Hens and Chicks once, which turned out to be Hen and Chick, then Hen and dead Chick, then, finally, dead Hen.

    Soil, I imagine.

    There are rumblings about a possible revised edition of the Perennials book, we’ll see…