Red carpet treatment

That’s what the National Trust for Historic Preservation will be getting in Buffalo this week when they roll in for their annual conference. That is, if the sight of thousands of red mums planted in selected Olmsted parks can be considered a luxurious welcome. I suspect most of these attendees will have their eyes trained […]

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Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 4:26 am   This post has 13 responses.

Gnomes!

Here is what I posted on the Kirkus Books blog last week and click here to read Susan's review of Tomorrow's Garden. —Eliz. Are gnomes the new vampires and fairies the new witches? And where do zombies fit in? For the most part, I accept with resignation the abundant...

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Posted by on May 19, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 22 responses.

More “Meet the Author” Nights, please!

As promised, I attended the recent "Meet the Author" event at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA, featuring three Rodale authors – Derek Fell, Stephen Orr, and our own Michele Owens.  In the photo left they're listening intently to event moderator Ethne Clarke, editor-in-chief of Organic Gardening Magazine. Notice...

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Posted by on May 17, 2011 at 4:46 am   This post has 2 responses.

Free issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine

Did you know that April is National Landscape Architecture Month?  Me, neither, but I know about it now because there's something in it for us gardeners – a free issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.  Just click here to enjoy THE most interesting publication related to gardening, bar none.  (IMHO...

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Posted by on April 12, 2011 at 4:45 am   This post has 5 responses.

“Plant Driven Design” Sides with Real Gardeners

Below is my first Kirkus review, and click here to see Amy's Q&A with Andrea Wulf, author of The Founding Gardeners. At last, two garden writers who give voice to what real gardeners everywhere have been saying for  years. And it’s no surprise that the voice-givers are Scott and...

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Posted by on March 31, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 28 responses.

What She Said.

Genevieve Schmidt and I took a road trip to San Francisco last week for the garden show.  She's done such a good job summing the whole thing up on her blog that I have little to add, except to say: The lettuce hanging in tubes thing?  It was the...

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Posted by on March 30, 2011 at 5:26 am   This post has 17 responses.

Bizarre? Maybe. Definitely dangerous for the obsessive gardener

What follows is Garden Rant’s debut post on the Kirkus Reviews Book Bloggers Network. From now on, we will be reposting the Kirkus posts on Thursdays. We’re taking turns—Kirkus posts from Susan, Amy, and Michele are coming up.—Elizabeth Amaranthus are cool but around here they have to be grown...

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Posted by on March 17, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 8 responses.

Garden Rant invades Kirkus Reviews

At some point—which I missed—the SXSW festival/conference, now going on in Austin, stopped being mainly a music event and started also being about movies, websites, blogs, books, and every kind of new media possible. And god knows what else. (I was just scanning the voluminous schedule and I could...

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Posted by on March 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm   This post has 4 responses.

From a favorite gardenblogger comes Sugar Snaps and Strawberries

Andrea Bellamy, author of the Vancouver blog Heavy Petal (tagline "from the West Coast Urban Organic Perspective") has a book out, which is reminding me of the early days of gardenblogging and how much I enjoyed reading hers (yes, there was a time when I was a loyal reader...

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Posted by on January 10, 2011 at 5:35 am   This post has 54 responses.

Rick Darke’s updated The Wild Garden explains to me my own gardening philosophy and low-maintenance practices

I’m giving a big Thumb’s Up to Rick Darke‘s updating of William Robinson‘s classic The Wild Garden (Timber), now in its robust Second Printing.  What Darke has added are 100 of his own fabulous photos (the 1870 book uses illustrations), and plenty of his usual smart observations – this...

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Posted by on December 20, 2010 at 10:25 am   This post has 7 responses.

Creasy’s Edible Landscaping gets blockbuster treatment!

Good lord, what writer wouldn’t give their first born for this kind of coverage in the Washington Post?  But I think it’s proof that even a (probably) nongardening editor at the Post can be convinced that this book is important, and I agree.  Congrats to Ros and also to...

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Posted by on November 27, 2010 at 5:45 am   This post has 9 responses.

The EasyBloom Report, Part 3: Fake Comments

Dear Companies Whose Products We Discuss on GardenRant, If you're going to post a comment in which you pretend to be an ordinary gardener who likes the product your company manufactures, thereby defending the product against the scorn or derision that has been heaped upon it by GardenRant and...

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Posted by on October 16, 2010 at 1:11 am   This post has 25 responses.

Do Pros Understand Amateurs?

Check out this fantastic New York Times Magazine piece by Pete Wells about the nonsense professional chefs dish out to home cooks–namely, the idea that all the prep work must be accomplished before cooking can begin. The concept even has a French name, mise en place.  The problem is,...

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Posted by on September 17, 2010 at 9:19 am   This post has 29 responses.

Review and Give-away: Energy-Wise Landscape Design

UPDATE:  Ramble-On Rose wins the book – congratulations!  The random number generator said "16" and her comment is the 16th.  Thanks to everyone for playing, and for your great comments. A furniture and harpsicord maker in rural Massachusetts takes up the study of landscape design, establishes a residential practice,...

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Posted by on August 2, 2010 at 3:23 am   This post has 58 responses.

Energy-Wise Landscape Design

NOT just a book about planting trees for shade. NOTE TO ME – i LOVE THE LAWN STUFF BUT NOT THE NATIVE PLANT BS. Also, add lots of plants for cooling – as many large healthy ones as possible.  Good attention to soil.  Good on water efficiency. Construction.  Buying...

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Posted by on July 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm   This post has Comments Off.

Shop talk

That’s what a bloggers’ meet-up is good for. Not too many people here in Buffalo really want to hear my pet plant peeves—for very long anyway—but during last weekend’s Buffa10 meet-up, I was able to freely vent with such equally outspoken gardeners/garden writers as Susan Cohen, Michele Owens, and...

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Posted by on July 13, 2010 at 5:32 am   This post has 17 responses.

The power of critical blogging

Freebies and samples come with rules in the blogging world. We must disclose that the products we are sent by companies came free of charge. More important, we have to review those products honestly. I’m not much of a tool person, so I tend to  give it to someone...

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Posted by on June 25, 2010 at 5:03 am   This post has 39 responses.

Pearl Fryar, in Person

If you haven't seen the documentary A Man Named Pearl, it's worth subscribing to Netflix for because it's "the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar….It offers an upbeat message that speaks to respect for both self and others, and shows what one person can achieve when he...

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Posted by on May 1, 2010 at 4:57 am   This post has 15 responses.

10 Great Things about Gardening for a Lifetime

WE HAVE A WINNER: Congratulations to Cindy P! Sydney Eddison is my kind of garden writer, now passing along wisdom acquired from gardening for 50 years.  No BS, no rhetoric.  Trust this writer; she knows what she's talking about. Eddison's sixth book, Gardening for a Lifetime, is timely for...

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Posted by on April 22, 2010 at 3:42 am   This post has 45 responses.

In Defense of TV Gardening Clothes

photo:  Fine Gardening magazine, June 2010 I enjoy a good rant about how gardens and gardeners are depicted in the media as much as anybody.  As you know, we are all about real, grubby, dirty and disheveled. But the talk about P. Allen Smith's clothes in last week's guest...

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Posted by on March 31, 2010 at 11:14 am   This post has 31 responses.
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