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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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Shut Up and Dig

Management, Not Maintenance

Last Monday I went to Plantorama at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a sort of jobs fair, symposium and reunion all rolled into one that is a must for any horticulturist in the New York area in January. Serious gardeners – whether novices or veterans — are also, of course, welcome. I don’t mean to...

Posted by on February 6, 2017 at 7:48 am
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Guest Rants,   It's the Plants, Darling

Ask a Designer: Deer-Proof Perennials

Next up in our “Ask a Designer” series is designer Claire Jones  in Maryland. How many times do you visit a garden center and get overwhelmed with the many choices that entice with gorgeous foliage and blooms? And you impulse buy the “flavor of the month” perennial that the garden center is showcasing, like another Heuchera...

Posted by Claire Jones on December 8, 2016 at 8:54 am
Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

The Winnowing

Because I moved across the country and chose to design my new garden rather than hiring a local landscape designer, the process is slow but interesting. Choosing the plants has required a multi-year period of growing a wide variety of plants in order to learn which are adapted to specific sites and can thrive...

Posted by on September 7, 2016 at 1:51 am
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Eat This,   Ministry of Controversy

What Part of GMO Don’t You Understand?

  A few of you may still have doubts about global warming, even though the overwhelming scientific evidence says it’s a no-brainer. Regardless, some dissenters will say the argument for global warming is based on crap science Comedian Andy Borowitz wrote a satirical piece for the New Yorker, called Many in Nation Tired of...

Posted by on August 10, 2016 at 6:57 am
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Books,   What's Happening

Wild Designer Makes “Beautiful Places for People to Love”

Rant readers know that we love Thomas Rainer’s work and his book Planting in a Post-Wild World (here’s Evelyn’s describing the aha’s she got from it), but there’s another game-changing landscape architect I hadn’t heard of til recently, one who may be having an even greater impact through her ginormous public works projects around the...

Posted by on August 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm
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Big Ahas from Planting in a Post-Wild World

Their primary audience may be other designers, but Thomas Rainer and Claudia West’s Planting in a Post-Wild World (Timber Press, 2016) offers many take-aways for regular gardeners too. The book outlines how to design and maintain an ecological landscape, and does so in beautifully clear, fluid language that is easy to read and absorb....

Posted by on July 20, 2016 at 1:27 pm
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Public Gardens,   What's Happening

Delaware Botanic Garden and “Rock Star” Piet Oudolf

Big news from Delaware? Yes, and it’s not about Joe Biden at all, though top Delaware pols are involved. The news is that the Delaware Botanic Garden (now under development) WILL include a meadow by none other than Piet Oudolf.  This story in the local press makes it official, and plant people here in the Mid-Atlantic...

Posted by on October 30, 2015 at 10:07 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
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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
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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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