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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 or […]

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Posted by Claire Jones on December 8, 2016 at 8:54 am   This post has one response.

The Root of All Goodness

We welcome first time Guest Ranter Bob Hill as he digs deep into the past and tucks away stories for the future. When we first moved into our 1860’s farm house in Southern Indiana about 40 years ago, it came with a leaky tin roof, a wiring system apparently...

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Posted by Bob Hill on December 7, 2016 at 7:09 am   This post has one response.

On the Industrialization of Gardening

Guest Rant by Sheera Stern, who gardens in Metuchen, NJ As fall segues into winter, we are all relieved that the whine of the gas-powered leaf-blower has finally ceased. (By the way, the electric Ryobi is at a lower decibel, but a higher pitch, and possibly even more annoying,...

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Posted by Sheera Stern on November 28, 2016 at 10:46 am   This post has 14 responses.

Hostas, Hate, and a Helluva Year

  Guest Ranter Scott Beuerlein inherited 300 hostas from a divorcée many years ago. He doesn’t know the name of a single one. There’s more to life.   I have had a long and tumultuous relationship with hostas. There’s been laughter. Tears. Love. Hate. Arguments on the phone. Drunken...

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Posted by on November 23, 2016 at 7:39 am   This post has 10 responses.

Don’t forget to vote—and even if your candidate doesn’t win, you can win this book!

      We have a winner! Congrats: Linda Gribko! We posted about All the Presidents’ Gardens when Timber ran a contest to win a trip to DC, but didn’t get into too much detail. It’s a really fun book; it’s also very well-researched by author Marta McDowell and...

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Posted by on November 8, 2016 at 9:04 am   This post has 30 responses.

Gardening for the Future: Why Responsible Beauty Matters

Guest Rant by Fran Sorin There has been a tremendous amount of often rancorous debate about the use of natives vs. non-native plantings in designing gardens over the past several years. Thanks to the internet and our ability to take advantage of viewing photos and videos of gardens around...

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Posted by Fran Sorin on October 14, 2016 at 7:59 am   This post has 31 responses.

Garden Design’s New Issue Comes with 5 Videos and Sadness, Too

I’ve done nothing but heap praise on Garden Design Magazine since its relaunch as an ad-free, more plant-focused publication under the direction of its new publisher, Jim Peterson. And I savor every gorgeous issue before reluctantly loaning them to my nonsubscribing friends. (Full disclosure – thanks to Jim’s attendance at recent...

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Posted by on October 7, 2016 at 7:23 am   This post has 7 responses.

How I Became a Landscape Reformer

Today’s Guest Rant comes from Leslie Nelson Inman, an Adjunct English Instructor at Mercer University and Georgia Tech who is currently taking some time off to write a book. Leslie educated herself about environmental issues and has become passionate about spreading information and solutions widely via social media. Here’s...

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Posted by Leslie Nelson Inman on September 21, 2016 at 6:41 am   This post has 24 responses.

Public Gardens and Signaling Welcome

Guest Rant by Linda Larson, “A Traveling Gardener, wandering, wondering, noticing. . . .” Public gardens in North America welcome visitors from all over the world. While they generally announce themselves with a name sign and offer a map, some ditch the map and post directions in a casual way...

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Posted by Linda Larson on September 12, 2016 at 8:41 am   This post has 7 responses.

Ask a Designer: Make Invasives Great Again

Next in our “Ask a Designer” series is a guest rant by David mcmullin. The debate about invasive plants has become, well, invasive. It crops up anywhere gardens and plants are being mentioned. The general idea is this: gardeners are a band of outlaws set on destroying our Habitat through...

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Posted by David mcmullin on August 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm   This post has 72 responses.

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...

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Posted by on August 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm   This post has 2 responses.

I give up on my garden in the dead of summer

I have a confession. I let my garden go to hell in the dead of summer. Even worse? I think I might be okay with that. In the intense sun and dry heat of the Colorado summer, I become a lazy gardener. I have to admit that unlike ranter Allen...

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Posted by Emily Reeves on July 26, 2016 at 7:31 am   This post has 16 responses.

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...

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Posted by on July 20, 2016 at 1:27 pm   This post has 14 responses.

One Way of Relaxing in an Imperfect Garden

My garden will never be perfect. I know that. And sometimes that makes it hard to relax in. I’ll sit down and try to enjoy being outdoors, but instead I’ll catch myself scanning around for things to add to my mental “want-to-do” list. For my own sanity, there are...

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Posted by on July 5, 2016 at 11:51 pm   This post has 9 responses.

Any gardener would love “Lab Girl”

It was Amy Stewart’s  review of Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl  in the Washington Post that got my attention. Here’s the blurb the publisher put on the back cover: “Sparkling, unexpected…Delightfully, wickedly funny.  I love this book for its honesty, its hilarity, and its brilliant sharp edges. Powerful and disarming.” Her review, for a...

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Posted by on July 1, 2016 at 8:55 am   This post has 4 responses.

Add a new term to the gardening lexicon

Now, you can Buffalo your garden. That’s what I am hearing from a group of gardeners in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. Here is what Eric S. emailed me a couple days ago: I’m part of an active gardening community in a section of Philadelphia called Mt. Airy....

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Posted by on June 7, 2016 at 8:08 am   This post has 10 responses.

Solitude and Nature

Do we need to use all of our senses to truly connect with a natural place? I recently hiked several miles of strenuous, steep trail into one of Utah’s glorious national parks, then stopped just shy of the payoff (a natural stone bridge) because a score of other people...

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Posted by on June 1, 2016 at 1:22 am   This post has 11 responses.

New-Video Update

Today Good Gardening Videos announced to its subscribers 36 new videos, plus a new feature – a guide to videos on a timely subject. The first such guide covers Videos about Pruning Spring-Blooming Shrubs, including the best 8 videos we could find and a link to 4 more. Included are 3 new ones:...

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Posted by on May 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm   This post has Comments Off on New-Video Update.

Going big with art

On a recent visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens, I was almost as impressed by the thoughtful sculpture installations throughout the grounds as I was by the plantings (which are lovely). The DBG has a distinguished partner in this art project: Minneapolis’s Walker Art Center has placed modern and...

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Posted by on May 26, 2016 at 10:07 am   This post has 4 responses.

New Guide to the Garden Revolution, by Weaner and Christopher

It’s finally here – the much-awaited Garden Revolution: How our landscapes can be a source of environmental change by Larry Weaner and GardenRant’s own Thomas Christopher. It’s described as the next step along the path started by Sara Stein and Douglas Tallamy, guiding us in the move from traditional horticulture...

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Posted by on May 20, 2016 at 9:18 am   This post has 8 responses.
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