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Armitage makes an app

In the early days of the iPhone, we were ravening for gardening apps.  After a while though, the craving just seemed to go away. I have several theories on that. It could be that our devices have become so essential to the tasks of multi-level communication, social media, mapping, and other things we do every […]

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Posted by on April 2, 2013 at 10:06 am   This post has 5 responses.

The Triumph of the Commons

Whether you are in full holiday-spirit mode or merely grumbling about the shopping requirement, here is a bit of inspiration for a Friday morning: Bill Murphy, one of the most charismatic and interesting people I went to high school with.  Thanks to the magic of Facebook, I've learned that...

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Posted by on December 23, 2011 at 6:37 am   This post has 8 responses.

Those evil vines

Here's last week's Kirkus post. And be sure to read Susan's post today about the art of gardening. I had been meaning to write about Allan Armitage's vines and climbers book for some time. In my small garden, sometimes the only way to go is up, so I've been...

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 at 4:20 am   This post has 10 responses.

Dr. A shakes his groove thing

A few months back we announced that our friend, horticulturalist Allan Armitage was participating in an Athens, Georgia charity version of Dancing with the Stars. Well, he did us proud. He was the 3rd largest vote getter, raising over 6k for Project Safe, which combats domestic violence. Follow the...

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Posted by on March 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm   This post has 7 responses.

Allan Armitage—as you’ve never seen him before

  No, our friend, writer/grower/horticulturalist extraordinaire Allan Armitage has not lost his mind. He doesn't even have Night Fever.  Rather, Allan is putting himself out there to support an important cause. See his note, below. On a non-dancing note, I am very excited about a recent introduction of Allan’s:...

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Posted by on January 12, 2010 at 11:17 am   This post has 2 responses.

Keep Off! Don’t Touch!

I'm here in New Jersey with my family for Thanksgiving.  I'm grateful for the family part.  New Jersey, less so.  I've been unhappy with the state of yard-dom in the Garden State since I was five.  If I were queen, I'd be beneficent. I wouldn't ban red mulch or...

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Posted by on November 27, 2009 at 6:45 am   This post has 18 responses.

Here comes the judge: Dr. A hits the road and issues a challenge

Here’s a brief travel report and a challenge from our itinerant guest ranter Allan Armitage.—Eliz. I’ve been in California, viewing the pack trials up and down the West coast. This is the time where most of the world’s plant breeders show off their new herbaceous plants (mostly annuals, some...

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Posted by on April 5, 2009 at 5:00 am   This post has 38 responses.

Want to get into trouble? Bring up native plants!

By contributing Ranter Allan Armitage I work with the ornamental plant industry. These are the people who produce petunias, astilbes, impatiens and mums. These people live and die by new plants, especially new cultivars. I am also a gardener and serious advocate for the consumer, especially the not-as-serious-as-we-are gardeners,...

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Posted by on December 23, 2008 at 5:00 am   This post has 31 responses.

Let’s call the whole thing off

From contributing Ranter Allan Armitage: I wrote this a number of years ago after I discovered gardeners, even students, were intimidated when trying to give scientific names. They said they felt silly especially if they were with other gardeners whom they were sure “knew everything” and might correct their...

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Posted by on December 11, 2008 at 5:00 am   This post has 38 responses.

Gardening easy in the South? Not so much.

from contributing Ranter Allan Armitage. I wrote these thoughts after I had been in the South for nearly 10 years, but particularly after I heard for about the 10th time from people in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and elsewhere: “How I envy you, it must be so much easier gardening...

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Posted by on December 4, 2008 at 7:53 am   This post has 23 responses.

The classiest from Classic City: trial garden winners revealed

A post from contributing Ranter Allan Armitage: I am in charge of an intense trialing program at the University of Georgia in Athens, in the UGA Gardens. Athens is in the northern part of the state, geographically considered to be in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains. It has...

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Posted by on November 27, 2008 at 5:00 am   This post has 11 responses.

So You Want To Dumb Us Down Even More?

I had tried to be unemotional, but the gauntlet was thrown. “Come on now, this is not dumbing down horticulture, it is lifting it up. It makes us more accessible to people like Heather and her generation, making her experience in the retail store that much more comfortable. Baby...

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Posted by on November 13, 2008 at 5:00 am   This post has 61 responses.

Why we garden

From contributing Ranter Allan Armitage I have been asked so many times “Why are you so keen on gardening?” My reply is “You should see the people who come to my talks, now they are really nuts!” I wrote this short essay after being asked that too many times....

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Posted by on November 6, 2008 at 5:00 am   This post has 13 responses.

Gardening is a four-letter word: the education of a plant guy

Here is the inaugural column from our new contributing ranter, Allan Armitage I attended a terrific retail seminar a while ago to hear about the state of the retail plant industry.  Well-known and highly competent speakers were orating, and I was soon being gently embraced in marketing and promotion. ...

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Posted by on October 30, 2008 at 5:00 am   This post has 26 responses.

Heeeeeerrrrre’s Allan! Our new contributing Ranter

We’re very pleased and proud to announce that someone whom most of you know and respect is joining us as an intermittent Ranter. Horticulturalist, author, lecturer, and plant developer/seller Allan Armitage became intrigued by the idea of ranting after talking to both Susan and me about how Garden Rant...

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Posted by on October 29, 2008 at 11:00 am   This post has 20 responses.
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