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Best. Hort site. Ever.

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We’ve talked about The Garden Professors blog before, but I have to admit I had
never visited this group effort, run by Jeff Gillman (University of Minnesota),
Linda Chalker-Scott (Washington State University), Bert Cragg (Michigan State),
and Holly Scoggins (Virginia Tech), until recently. So here's an advisory for those of you who also haven't checked it out—do!

For plant geekery, this blog simply can’t be beat. It’s
fascinating. I read it mainly just for fun, to discover why people used
to fill trees with concrete
, to learn why
water droplets do not burn leaves
, and to find out why certain weeds thrive in
inhospitable summer conditions. (To name three recent topics.)

Now that I’ve been turned on to the professors, I’m planning
on reading it regularly. When you think that there’s a knowledge base like this
available on the web, it’s sad to consider that many gardeners rely on boring
generic advice from questionable “expert” sites. Even if the topic has no
relevance for me, all of the GPs are lively, funny writers, especially when
they take up fun topics like natives and invasives or the worthiness of compost
tea.

The blog does not seem to have its own “home” button so I
browsed it by month. It could also use a feed link. C’mon, professors. 

Posted by on January 26, 2010 at 10:00 am, in the category Unusually Clever People.
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17 responses to “Best. Hort site. Ever.”

  1. gardenmentor says:

    I adore this site and can’t wait to meet Dr. Chalker-Scott at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show next month. Plus, I’ll get a chance to have her sign my copy of her book, The Informed Gardener!!

  2. I love the Garden Professor’s blog. I put the web address in my blogger (google’s) feed and it comes in just fine. When they first started it did not feed well, now it seems to be fine. However, you’re right, I don’t see a RSS or feed option on their page.

  3. OMG!

    What an honor!

    And we all love Garden Rant. You’ll note that our top link on the right-hand menu is to Garden Rant.

    (I am truly sorry there is no feed button. WSU is pretty new at the blog business, and unfortunately blog support is far down the list. But we’re hoping that with increasing visibility that maybe we will inch up that list…)

  4. As Teri Garr’s character Inga exclaimed in Young Frankenstein – “The feeling is mootual!”

    Thank you Elizabeth! We’re trying… BTW I own not one but TWO Garden Rant t-shirts.

  5. Phew! I thought you’d never notice that The Garden Professors is THE most important gardening site on the web.

  6. Michele Owens says:

    Oh, they are the BEST! Doing important work! And the only people whose advice I’ll take.

    The Professors told me to chuck my poinsettia after Christmas and I did.

  7. Clare says:

    or this link:
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheGardenProfessors

    I use this in my google reader just fine.

    I enjoy their blog alot!!

  8. eliz says:

    My main beef with the profs is the lack of a home button for the blog–unless I am missing something, home goes to the WSU site, which is all well and good, but not if you just want the blog.

    M, I tend to think poinsettias should be tossed immediately! :)

  9. bev says:

    I have turned all my volunteer friends at our local public garden on to this site. Very expert, informative, and fun to read at the same time. I love the “quizzes” – how professorial!

  10. Jeff Minnich says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing! I went to VA Tech, so it makes it doubly special to see their logo on the blog!

  11. Olie says:

    Yes it is!

  12. I love the site, too–chock full of good info. Wish it had a good RSS feed, though. Makes it a tiny bit more effort to get there if it isn’t on my usual suspect list.

  13. P.S. and Update–I’ve tried using the RSS feed that Dan posted above, but for some reason it wouldn’t work on my Blogger platform. However, I just tried the feedburner link provided by Clare and I’m finally in! Woot.

  14. I have been reading the Professors of late and the site is informative and enjoyable. Their writing is not near as dry as one would expect. It is actually quite good. It is annoying however that there is no home link. Normally the blog title will link to the home page. Surely one of the professors could snag a tech savvy student for a five second fix.

    As long as we are on the subject of annoying GardenRant has been freezing up my IE browser for the last week forcing me to close down the browser and start fresh. The best I can tell the cause is googlead.g.doubleclick loading ads to the page. The google part is not the problem, it is the rotating ads they place in. It seems advertising folks may not be as concerned about tech compatibility issues and bad ads with bugs in them get through often enough causing problems like this.

    Advertising could well be the death of the internet just like it has killed television. Hear that you damn marketing people. I so look forward to a post consumer economy on many levels.

  15. Layanee says:

    I just gave this site address to a URI Professor. I use this information all the time on The Garden Guys Radio Show! Very informative and always accurate. Right from the researchers keyboard!

  16. Kat says:

    I love the Garden Professors blog. I’ve been following their feed in my Google Reader for months now and always enjoy the topics. I especially enjoy the quizzes. It’s fun to test my knowledge on hort related problems.

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