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Designs, Tricks, and Schemes,   It's the Plants, Darling

Garden Coaching by Rainer

Landscape architect/blogger Thomas Rainer is one of my favorite designers, something I may have mentioned before on this blog.   Gardenblogger Margaret Roach is a Rainer fan, too.  She sought him out for an interview on her podcast, and it’s terrific.  (Transcript here.) My favorite bits are toward the end, when Thomas offers what I’d call garden-coaching....

Posted by on July 18, 2014 at 8:09 am
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Designs, Tricks, and Schemes,   Unusually Clever People

Thomas Rainer on Design Trends

My favorite blogging landscape architect, Thomas Rainer, posted a provocative report on Garden Design Trends, so let’s discuss, shall we?  I wrote to Thomas for clarification and he kindly obliged. New Romanticism First, I love these predictions and sure hope they come to pass: People will turn to their gardens for a spiritually authentic,...

Posted by on January 18, 2013 at 9:46 am
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Designs, Tricks, and Schemes,   It's the Plants, Darling

Small-garden ideas from Thomas Rainer

Boy, when you reveal your garden here on the web, you’d better be prepared for feedback – the honest stuff, not for the thin-skinned.  That’s what I got after I posted photos of my new back yard, via comment and email, and I’m sharing some of the suggestions because they’re so damn good. Thomas...

Posted by on August 7, 2012 at 7:41 am
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Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

Thomas Rainer on Contemporary Garden Design with Natives

Landscape architect Thomas Rainer (whose blog Grounded Design I’ve raved about) recently spoke to a rapt audience at the National Arboretum’s Native Plant Symposium, addressing the big question – how to create a native-plant garden that looks like a garden.  You know, cared for and pretty. So first he clarified that he’s no typical landscape architect but a...

Posted by on April 10, 2012 at 6:30 am
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Thomas Rainer’s 5 Myths about Native Plants

Part 2 of my summary of Thomas Rainer’s talk about designing with native plants at the Lahr Native Plant Symposium.  Part 1, covering design, is here. Thomas’s myths about native plants: 1. That native plants are drought-tolerant, requiring less supplemental watering, a notion Thomas calls total ‘hogwash”.  Au contraire.  In our region (the Mid-Atlantic), the...

Posted by on April 10, 2012 at 6:30 am
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“Post-Wild” Book Talk and Giveaway

I had the chance to hear a talk about the much-anticipated book Planting in a Post-Wild World by the authors, Thomas Rainer and Claudia West. I know I promised a book review and giveaway today, but having now read the whole book, I’ve decided that it’s so thought-provoking, I want to comment at length, with examples of how...

Posted by on October 2, 2015 at 7:24 am
Everybody's a Critic

Fans of Garden Design Magazine

Here I am with everyone’s favorite landscape architect Thomas Rainer before he and Claudia West spoke about their book Planting in a Post-Wild World  yesterday in Oxford, Maryland. (Book review and giveaway coming this Friday). But today’s post is about the new+improved Garden Design Magazine, about which Thomas used these words: “Totally transformed.” “Not a page...

Posted by on September 28, 2015 at 9:18 am
Tune In

Shout-out to 2 A-Way-to-Garden Podcasts

Here’s some winter interest for ya – catching up with gardening podcasts!  Which I don’t believe we’ve mentioned here on the Rant since 2010, so it’s high time, with this being called the Golden Age of Podcasts and all.  And did iPhone users notice that the newest version of the iOS includes an automatic podcast...

Posted by on January 23, 2015 at 8:28 am
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Public Gardens,   Real Gardens

Swarthmore: One of the Most Beautiful Campuses in America

I first visited and fell in love with the Scott Arboretum, covering the entire campus of Swarthmore College, back in 2008 when I visited for a talk on lawn alternatives.  I finally made a return visit last month when I attended its annual Perennial Plant Conference, where some of the top names in the plant world...

Posted by on November 20, 2014 at 6:07 am
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It's the Plants, Darling

Amsonia, Aster and Capital Columns at the National Arboretum

I’ve been waiting eagerly for these plants to reach their peak of fall color and yesterday they dee-livered!  After posting this on Facebook I learned that the designer is well-known plantswoman Angela Treadwell-Palmer.  Great example of the kind of native-plant design being promoted by Thomas Rainer, who just turned in his book on the...

Posted by on October 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm
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What's Happening

Partying with the Friends House Gardeners

GardenRant has a core of engaged readers who comment on our posts (and we thank you!) but the other 2,000 or so daily readers are unknown to us. So it was a nice surprise to be contacted out of the blue by Rant reader Lucille Ridlon, inviting me to a garden party to be...

Posted by on September 12, 2014 at 7:50 am
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What's Happening,   Who's Ranting About Us

Pinterest tells us what you like

Hey, bloggers among you, have you ever checked to see which of the photos you’ve published are pinned to readers’ Pinterest boards?  It’s kinda fun, and here’s how.  For this blog I went to:   You get the idea. Pinterest only displays the most recent but I’ve been checking for a few months now...

Posted by on August 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm
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But is it Art?

Chagall in the National Gallery Sculpture Garden

For decades,Washingtonians have known about a Marc Chagall mosaic in the back garden of a private residence in Georgetown and have strained to see mere glimpses of it from over the garden wall. Homeowner Evelyn Nef and her husband had been great friends with the Chagalls, who spent summers at the Nef home in...

Posted by on May 23, 2014 at 8:21 am
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It's the Plants, Darling

Doublefile Viburnum – One More Reason to Garden on a Neighbor’s Land

Continuing our theme of gardening on property not our own, it can be a city-owned patch along the street (as discussed here and here), or it could be a spot in a neighbor’s yard.  Thus, there seems to be no safe empty spot of land in my new neighborhood, as I prowl for new...

Posted by on May 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

The High Line in Person

Last week I finally saw the world-famous High Line Park in NYC and, like everyone with a pulse, I loved it.  And unlike some scolds complaining about gentrification and the high maintenance costs, I have nothing bad to say about it.  I’m even more impressed with it after finding the “before” photo above on...

Posted by on August 16, 2013 at 9:29 am
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Drink This,   Garden Rant Cocktail Hour

The Drunken Botanist Tour: Milwaukee to Miami, and Beyond. Plus, Whiskey.

Why, yes!  It’s another week of Drunken Botanist tour dates?  Are you out there, Milwaukee people? Miami people? Austin? Phoenix? Well, if you’re interested, all the tour dates are here, and as always, check with the venue to confirm event details before heading out.   April 10 2013 07:00 PM — Boswell Books at...

Posted by on April 10, 2013 at 4:30 am
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Get a Job,   Shut Up and Dig

Get a Job: Sharon Stolen, Master Gardener Goddess

Next up in our semi-regular Get a Job series is Sharon Stolen, coordinator of the Master Gardener program and all-round incredible resource for all things horticultural in southern California. She’s an incredibly smart, friendly, talented woman who works harder than anyone I know, and remains incredibly generous with her time.  She’s also started a...

Posted by on January 9, 2013 at 4:29 am
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Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

What a Little Paint Can Do

In my last post about my new back garden I thanked Rant readers for their design tips, all of which I incorporated.  Well, most of which – until now.  The super-honest Christopher C wrote to tell me that he CRINGED whenever I posted a photo of my neighbor’s privacy screen, shown below, because it...

Posted by on December 21, 2012 at 9:06 am
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It's the Plants, Darling,   Real Gardens

Awesome Annuals in the Smithsonian Gardens

Everyone loves the Smithsonian museums on D.C.’s National Mall, but gardener-tourists also love their gardens.  Here’s a sampling from mid-October, when I particularly admired (and will copy!) their use of annuals. By email, the Smithsonian’s supervisory horticulturist Jonathan Kavelier told me that “These plantings also include Amaranthus and Cuphea, as well as many other...

Posted by on October 23, 2012 at 7:36 am
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Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

Thank you, Rant commenter, for designing my garden

When I posted photos of my new back yard and asked for suggestions I sure got ‘em – some so thoughtful I just have to share them.  (Remember these?) A commenter in Vermont previously unknown to me had LOTS to say and she’s already changed my garden. For example, she wrote this about my...

Posted by on August 28, 2012 at 8:44 am
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