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The “Queen of Green”? You be the Judge

Cheap-shot alert!  Because yes, we’re all sent cheesey emails from publicists that could be posted here for a laugh.  So we resist-resist-resist until along comes one that makes me say HOLD ON, I can’t stand it any longer; this one MUST BE MOCKED. I’ll used italics to highlight the most ironic and ridiculous bits. Hello […]

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Posted by on September 27, 2013 at 7:08 am   This post has 34 responses.

Late season observations

Double lilies I’m sold. I first posted images of these here last month, when they had already been blooming for a week or so. Well, they’re still blooming and I can envision at least a week more. That’s 5-6 weeks of flowering and scent from a lily plant—enough for...

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Posted by on September 9, 2013 at 7:45 am   This post has 8 responses.

Adventures in Gardening? Define “Adventure.”

  I got a press release this morning from the people at the UK-based After5.TV advertising a new show called “Adventures in Gardening” that will air online for a fee.  You get “10 Action-Packed Episodes” for $31. The show is hosted by Tony Buckland, a garden expert and popular...

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Posted by on August 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm   This post has 2 responses.

A Passion for Turfgrass, and other Matters of Taste

I’m not thoroughly anti-lawn, unlike some of my Lawn Reform comrades, especially the ones who live in desert climates.  My beefs with turfgrass here on the Wet Coast are that it does virtually nothing for wildlife and that when it’s cared for in a certain way – the Scotts ideal...

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Posted by on May 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm   This post has 21 responses.

In Defense of Plant Critics

Anne Raver covered the newsworthy topic of Impatiens suffering from Downy Mildew Disease in her usual clear-headed way for the New York Times – or so I thought.   This week they published comments by some dissenters, readers taking offense at Raver’s dissing of their beloved annuals.  Raver had identified...

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 at 8:23 am   This post has 25 responses.

OG Mag on Wildlife-Friendly Gardens: What’s Wrong with this Picture?

As a big fan of Organic Gardening Magazine, I take no pleasure in expressing my shock surprise at seeing this photo illustrating an otherwise wonderful article about growing wildlife-friendly gardens.  The caption on the right says “Orange Boy watches wildlife from the front porch.” I don’t imagine he just...

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Posted by on May 7, 2013 at 4:08 pm   This post has 46 responses.

Blossom-less FDR Memorial delights. MLK Memorial just looks sad.

The memorial to FDR has been a local favorite since it opened in 1997, and yesterday it was the first stop on my cherry blossom tour via bicycle.  (You can get your own bike there via subway or rent one when you get downtown.)  But like thousands of other...

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Posted by on April 5, 2013 at 8:26 am   This post has 15 responses.

Unsurprising, but still sad

A few years ago, I was offered about ten years worth of Garden Design magazines if I paid for the postage to get them to me. The two boxes came and I put them in a closet, intending at some point to unpack and shelve them somewhere I could...

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Posted by on February 12, 2013 at 7:33 am   This post has 29 responses.

Love Downton, but Where are the Gardens?

Guest Rant by Layanee DeMerchant I confess; I’m caught up in the romance and intrigue of the PBS series, “Downton Abbey.” I’m enjoying the fashion, the opulence and the stunning backdrop of a castle, on top of the great acting and the fascinating changes going on in British society...

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Posted by on January 19, 2013 at 8:43 am   This post has 52 responses.

Here’s someone who hasn’t lost his edge

Did you see the Renegade Gardener’s 2012 High Spot/Black Spot awards? I don’t always catch these, but Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson (award-winning Minnesota garden writer and designer) is recently a Facebook friend and that made it easier. There was much to love in this year’s batch of awards, but...

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Posted by on January 7, 2013 at 8:00 am   This post has 11 responses.

Was Frederick Law Olmsted a Conservation Leader?

On a visit to the nearby Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge, I stopped to read the signage about America’s “Conservation Leaders” and was surprised to see Frederick Law Olmsted right there, with Audubon, Thoreau, Jacques Cousteau and Morris Udall.  The sign described his work pioneering Yosemite Valley before it became...

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Posted by on December 28, 2012 at 9:46 am   This post has 15 responses.

NYT on “Wild Life of American Cities”

A New York Times Magazine article titled “Bloom Town: The Wild Life of American Cities” got my attention and that of several Rant readers, who wrote to me about it.  And no wonder – it appears to be about a subject we’ve written about here over the years, and...

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm   This post has 8 responses.

Landscape architect’s guide to your city coming soon

The American Society of Landscape Architects recently announced the launch of The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C.  – just the first of many across the country.  It’s an online, mobile-friendly guide to more than 75 historic, modern and contemporary designed spaces in D.C., with 800+ photos and expert...

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Posted by on September 25, 2012 at 8:46 am   This post has one response.

Garden Writers Should See the World

Elizabeth introduced our new web design a few months ago by asking an interesting question that was raised at the Asheville Garden Bloggers Fling: Is garden blogging still viable? After all, why blog if you can post on Facebook or tweet? I have to say that as a news...

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Posted by on August 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm   This post has 16 responses.

Speaking of TED Talks…

…as we were the other day…what do you people think about window farming?  Worthwhile?  Silly? Is this a lot of effort for a salad or a few strawberries? Or is it revolutionary?   \

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Posted by on August 22, 2012 at 4:25 am   This post has 8 responses.

Start your day with Garden Photos from Fine Gardening

I usually start my day by for checking email and news of more gaffes by clueless candidates for office but Michelle Gervais, an editor of Fine Gardening Magazine, suggested I try subscribing to her morning emails of garden photos submitted by readers.  I did and I’m already hooked. Michelle...

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Posted by on August 21, 2012 at 10:01 am   This post has 10 responses.

Welcome to Garden Rant 2.0—and a word about garden blogging

Finally. We’ve moved over to a platform that gives us more flexibility, more options, and goes a bit beyond our former traditional blog set-up. We’ve got pages that focus on science, growing food, drinks, reviews, videos, and more. We think we’ve got a more dynamic look, and we’ve got...

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Posted by on June 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm   This post has 45 responses.

Leaf Magazine Dazzles

If you're not one of the 80,000 people already reading Leaf Magazine (after just one issue) then why the hell not?  It's a free e-magazine, available right here.  The new Spring 2012 issue, at 142 pages, is gorgeous and inspiring, full of the kind of garden design photography and...

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Posted by on April 3, 2012 at 6:00 am   This post has 12 responses.

Kudos to GrowWrite! and Michael Nolan

Have you seen the first issue of GrowWrite!?  It’s the online magazine for garden communicators that hit the web recently to much acclaim and kudos for its editor, Michael Nolan.  He’d previously served as editor of Garden Writers Today and when that was shuttered by its publisher (Cool Springs...

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Posted by on January 31, 2012 at 6:55 am   This post has 9 responses.

Beautiful No-Mow Yards is just what American gardeners need. And you can win it right here

In the last year or so, we’re hearing that there are better uses for our land than turfgrass, that unless it’s needed for sport or play, you can save on resources and probably your labor, too, by switching to an array of alternatives – meadows, vegetable gardens, native grasse,...

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 at 6:54 am   This post has 161 responses.
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