GardenRant edition. Here's the whole issue.
In the News
- A survey of all those
"green" products finds that only 2 percent of them are legitimate. 98 percent
- The Greener Gardens Act
would offer homeowners a tax credit up to $1,000 to turn in their gas-guzzling
lawn and garden equipment for machines powered with alternative
- In the Whodathunkit
reports findings that farmland does a better job cooling air than forests.
That link won't explain why, though, and I don't get it.
- "Is fake the new green?"
asks this terrific
article about artificial turf that includes comprehensive lists of the pros
and cons of real v. fake.
- Vines – the most
demanding plant group? is a complaint about English ivy, hardy kiwi and
trumpet vine, and a worry about crossvine.
- Update on possible
lawn replacement plants is a video. (Love my new Flip.)
- My Chiminea gets
Recycled as a Planter.
of Andrew Bunting includes a wowser before-and-after from the home garden of
the Scott Arboretum's top
- For Earth Day, Maryland's
Governor's Mansion Grounds are Bay-Wise Certified, Veggies Coming Soon.
Looks like I should head up to Annapolis and have a
Gardenblogger Out and
- My whirlwind overnight trip to Pennsylvania
included visits to the Rodale Institute, the Rodale publisher, and Burpee's
Open Day event at their Fordhook Farm and Garden. Two wonderful garden
writers – Rosalind Creasy and Graham Rice – gave
- I spoke to
an Elderhostel group visiting the
Historic Homes and Gardens of Washington – about urban and sustainable
- Coaching clients attended my Open Garden/Plant
Giveaway event and took dozens of extra plants off my hands.
- This must be Make New Friends month because I got to hang out with 3 garden
writers I hadn't met before: Mackenzie Carpenter, Polly Nell Jones and Renee
Shepherd. Renee was in town to provide seeds to the Congressional Wives Club's
Big Event (with Michelle Obama in attendance) and Polly made that happen.
For Earth Day, I hung out with a bunch of sustainable ag types (including
three from the Rodale Institute) at the USDA's
overnighter in the Philly area, this time to see Chanticleer, the Morris
Arboretum, and the Scott Arboretum, plus the personal garden of its
horticulturist Andrew Bunting. (I'm prepared to be blissed out.) Then over
Memorial Day weekend I'm off to the Garden
Blogger Spring Fling in Chicago – more amazing gardens and tons of fun. And
I'm giving a talk on Lawn Alternatives for the American Horticulture Society.
Update on the Green the Grounds Campaign
write-up about Green the Grounds in the Christian
- That was followed immediately by a phone call from Maria Shriver's press secretary, asking
that her plans for a veg garden in State Capital Park be included, there being
no official governor's residence in California. When asked about landscaping practices, he assured me that they're very green and that their horticulturist would call me with details. (That was almost a month ago now, so…)
- The CSM story also resulted in an interview by Rod Thorson of WLPO radio in Illinois about Green the Grounds.
- Feature story coming soon in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- NBC and CNN anchors have expressed interest in the Green the Ground story,
so stay tuned.
- We received a long, fully detailed response from the South Carolina
governor's horticulturist – much appreciated and the results are impressive
National Arboretum photo by Afagen.