A Good Ornament Is Hard to Find

The demise of Smith & Hawken, which actually sold some ornaments that weren't too dinky or ugly for a self-respecting garden, is really unfortunate for everybody who likes their natural mixed with the artificial.  Here is some incredible garden ornament from Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. This is one of a pair of painted iron […]

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Posted by on July 22, 2009 at 4:40 am   This post has 22 responses.

These kids today

This speaks for itself, I think. Billy Goodnick, Owen Dell and friends present “Taking Out the Grass is a Gas”

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Posted by on June 25, 2009 at 10:47 am   This post has 10 responses.

Stickwork “Summer Palace” at the Morris Arboretum

One of the wonders of the Morris Arboretum (at the U. of Penn. in Philly) is their newly created "Summer Palace" sculpture by North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty.  Made entirely of natural materials locally acquired and no nails or hardware of any kind, this three-story Russian-themed structure was built...

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Posted by on May 25, 2009 at 4:28 am   This post has 12 responses.

The Roses and Lollipops Experiment

Tree roses in containers (R.I.P.) and strawberries circa 1996 Though I am personally rather natural and unkempt, my taste in ornamental gardens runs to the super-formal and intensely artificial.  Filoli, which employs an army of smart young gardeners and has been the training ground for several Friends of Rant,...

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Posted by on April 15, 2009 at 1:46 am   This post has 3 responses.

John Updike on the Naked Queen of Tilth

 I've been on a bit of an Updike kick since he died.  These are the writers I admire the most: the ones who leave behind an astonishing assortment of novels, essays, poetry collections, New Yorker articles, and the like. So I picked up his 1997 novel Toward the End...

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Posted by on April 3, 2009 at 9:10 am   This post has 18 responses.

Wicked Plants: Working With the Artist

 I think Wicked Plants just went off to the printer, and in about six weeks I should have a copy.  That'll be cool, but what's even cooler is the spin-off project that has come out of this:  the artist, Briony Morrow-Cribbs, who created original copper etchings of 40 wicked...

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Posted by on March 16, 2009 at 10:25 am   This post has 9 responses.

Questioning beauty in the Berkshires

We turn our eyes … to the most characteristic examples of modern landscape, and, I believe, the first thing that will strike us, is their cloudiness. This 1846 John Ruskin quote was recently used not in connection with the paintings of J.M.W. Turner—daring for their time as they were—but...

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Posted by on February 18, 2009 at 4:45 am   This post has 11 responses.

Oh crap, the zombies got into the garden again

I hate it when that happens. Actually this garden sculpture has been around for a while, but it’s the first time I’ve come across it. The artist is Alan Dickinson. It’s in the Toscano catalog, a mail order design company that has quite a number of extraordinary items on...

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Posted by on October 29, 2008 at 5:00 am   This post has 10 responses.

For those who need to make a certain statement

This is the Flamingo-Away kit. Personally, I like flamingoes, in the abstract. Via Neatorama and Coolest Gadgets.

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Posted by on August 20, 2008 at 2:00 pm   This post has 6 responses.

I’ll Have What She’s Having

Sorry the photo’s not better.  The one sunny day we have in Eureka and I decide to go photograph a garden. Anyway.  She was lovely, and quite unexpected in this grandmother’s garden.

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Posted by on August 11, 2008 at 5:47 am   This post has 10 responses.

Edible Estates Art Exhibit Opens

I love this post! First, let me say that Fritz is an old friend – he was in my garden club, The Germinators, in the late 90′s. That club was made up of artists who’d become passionately radicalized by plants and gardening … many of them are now fairly...

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Posted by on July 13, 2008 at 2:39 pm   This post has 2 responses.

My Kind of Garden Art

A couple more photos from the gardens–a cool glass house with a door that swivels in the wind: and my kind of perennial border, all salvia, euphorbia, grasses–and a vineyard in the background!  How do I get me one of those?

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Posted by on June 12, 2008 at 5:15 am   This post has 5 responses.

I find this stuff so you don’t have to: Gorilla in the Greenhouse and Singing Plant

First Gorilla in the Greenhouse: Although I found this intensely annoying and barely got past the intro, it does have the virtue of being intended to help teach kids about sustainable living. It doesn’t look that far removed from morning cartoons, which I only see because sometimes my husband...

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Posted by on May 7, 2008 at 12:00 pm   This post has 5 responses.

Nice hat!

“The key to good millinery is spontaneity.” I liked that phrase, found in a Telegraph review of this book: Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa, by Hans Silvester (Thames & Hudson). The book documents two African tribes in the Omo Valley (at the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sudan):...

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Posted by on March 12, 2008 at 10:00 am   This post has 3 responses.

Tower of Flower in Paris

Hot-hot “green” architect Edouard  Francois’s creation, mistakenly called the Flower Tower, was installed three years ago and I wonder how it’s doing.  Residents don’t have any choice of having those 380 concrete planters embedded on their balcony, but are they keeping them alive? Photo credit.        ...

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Posted by on January 25, 2008 at 11:22 am   This post has Comments Off.

Guest rant: I love the lightlife

Here are fellow writer and gardener Ron Ehmke’s thoughts on holiday lighting as installation art—Eliz This is the photo I’ve been promising Elizabeth, that she in turn has been promising to share with GR readers: Turns out it’s just as hard to photograph an over-the-top lighting display as it...

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Posted by on December 30, 2007 at 7:00 am   This post has 2 responses.

Heroes of horticulture

Maybe you’ve already read in Garden Design about the 2007 Landslide winners. Since 2003, the Cultural Landscape Foundation has been selecting a roster of endangered cultural landscapes, calling for nominations that adhere to a specific theme. This year’s theme was Heroes of Horticulture: “significant horticultural features that have stood...

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Posted by on November 25, 2007 at 9:17 am   This post has 2 responses.

More garden art

Roberley Bell’s Flower Blobs are part of the Beyond/In Western New York group exhibition, a massive collaboration of almost twenty area galleries (large and small) held here every year. It opens this weekend, and the goal is to get to as many of the opening events—held over a twenty-mile...

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Posted by on September 12, 2007 at 11:21 am   This post has one response.

Not coming to your closest cineplex –
Plant Pornogr*phy

WE’RE NOT MAKING THIS UP.  Honestly, could we come up with a story about the "world’s first plant porn movie, "Cinema  Botanica"?   Featuring "uncensored pollination" and coming soon to "the world’s first porn theater for house plants"? We wish we could link to the actual story, but it’s not...

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Posted by on September 11, 2007 at 11:35 am   This post has 3 responses.

All that glitters …

… is pure gold in terms of the daily enjoyment I get from walking by this object and its identical companion. We had fun talking about outrageous garden practices in the deep South and elsewhere, but sometimes the things you might not do yourself are admirable in others. And...

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Posted by on August 12, 2007 at 2:00 pm   This post has 8 responses.
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