Oh, Canada Blooms

CB display garden (detail) And oh garden shows. I get more pleasure looking at the first spring ephemerals emerging in my front yard than I do from most garden shows, but Canada Blooms in Toronto is always a temptation. Measured by attendance, CB is one of the big ones, right up there with Philadelphia, Seattle, […]

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Posted by on March 21, 2010 at 6:55 am   This post has 5 responses.

Review of Dr. T’s How to Keep a Naturalist’s Notebook

UPDATE:  Our winner is Lochlanina of Pieceful Slumber Guest Blogger Doug Jones reviews for us this lovely book by frequent Rant commenter Susan Tomlinson "Why is it so important that I draw?” I asked after looking through the table of contents of How to Keep a Naturalist’s Notebook and...

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Posted by on March 15, 2010 at 3:56 am   This post has 31 responses.

Garden Bouquets with Suzy Bales:
Review and Giveaway

THE WINNER, randomly chosen, is Katie at The Garden of Words, who predicted she’d probably have to buy the book. Well, guess not. First, some photos from Garden Bouquets and Beyond by Suzy Bales of arrangements I might actually achieve. Hakonechloa grass looks great with blue or purple, including...

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Posted by on February 22, 2010 at 4:34 am   This post has 44 responses.

Is This the 21-st Century Version of a WPA Project, or the Silliest-Looking Thing Ever?

The General Services Administration building in Portland is getting itself a — well, a — one of these.  You know, one of those 200 foot-tall green shag carpet things that you put on one side of your building and grow plants on. Those things. It's part of the stimulus...

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Posted by on February 3, 2010 at 5:27 am   This post has 20 responses.

2009: the year in gardening

UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS to Ginny Stibolt, randomly chosen to receive the Flowerdew book—which is a really cool big illustrated volume from Mitchell Beasley, the company that did the Pavord bulb book. And thanks again to those who helped me with these picks.  Overall, it was a good year, with an...

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Posted by on December 31, 2009 at 5:00 am   This post has 17 responses.

Martha Stewart gets fact-checked by hort professor

Look out, Martha, coz none other than award-winning hort professor Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott is watching you – and correcting your mistakes.  Take this interview you did for NPR.  Here's some of what Linda has this to say about it on her team blog. She's a proponent of organic food...

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Posted by on December 27, 2009 at 6:45 am   This post has 24 responses.

“The World According to Monsanto”

You won't be surprised to hear that a documentary about the maker of PCBs, Agent Orange and Roundup has lots of shocking bits.  Monsanto falsely claimed that Roundup is biodegradable and a French court made them stop. In a more criminal move, Monsanto tried to bribe a Canadian health...

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Posted by on December 12, 2009 at 5:04 am   This post has 9 responses.

Not even close

Personally, I couldn't care less whether there's a blue rose or not, but please don't try to pawn this off as one. Bleh!

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Posted by on November 24, 2009 at 11:00 am   This post has 18 responses.

David Perry: “Somebody get that slug!”

Garden photographer David Perry takes us up-close and slimy as he entices slugs to give him their very best poses.  It's hilarious and I see potential here for a spin-off for David – anybody else?     It's here on Shirley's Garden World Report. 

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Posted by on November 16, 2009 at 12:37 pm   This post has 6 responses.

Win the awesome book Flora Mirabilis

UPDATE:  Our winner is John, who grows all these plants from seed, among other feats of plant-geekdom.  Congrats! Great news! The folks at the National Geographic have teamed up with world-famous Missouri Botanic Garden and published a treasure for plant lovers of all types.  It's Flora Mirabilis: An Illustrated...

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Posted by on November 2, 2009 at 5:13 am   This post has 34 responses.

New Magazine Urban Farm is Awesome

Definitely a sign of the times, Urban Farm is on the stands and it's incredibly well done. Using my time-tested dog-ear test for magazines, let's see what what pages I turned down in hopes that I'll remember to go back and read the article: "Sustainable living". Chicks and goats...

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Posted by on October 3, 2009 at 5:14 am   This post has 7 responses.

Hard Truths of Gardening from Sunset

We all know that great gardening information is regional, except when it's not.  For example, one of my favorite blogs is Sunset Magazine's Fresh Dirt, and I totally GET its Hard Truths of Gardening, despite living nowhere near the climate they write about. First, Sharon Cohoon's list of Hard...

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Posted by on August 22, 2009 at 5:19 am   This post has 8 responses.

Garden vs. the beach

  A nice dune planting on Topsail Island How could I do it? How could I leave trumpet lilies ready to unfold, an amazingly early second budding of roses, the unknown promise of dark purple hosta blossoms, and the unfailingly brazen flowers of Mme. Julia Correvon?   The necessity...

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Posted by on July 14, 2009 at 5:00 am   This post has 21 responses.

Movie “No Impact Man” is Saved by the Wife

You may remember the No Impact Man blog, by a Manhattan-dwelling writer taking on the daunting task of living, with his reluctant wife and happy 2-year-old, as close to off-the-grid as possible for a year.  That means giving up toilet paper, air conditioning and the refrigerator, among other horrors. ...

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Posted by on June 22, 2009 at 4:38 am   This post has 13 responses.

Introducing my official Rant product tester

THANKS FOR PLAYING, EVERYONE: Claire Splan is the randomly chosen winner Proxies come in handy sometimes. At first I loved the idea of receiving equipment to test from companies like Troy-Bilt. I’d never done it before and, besides, it was free stuff. But while I know just what to...

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Posted by on June 9, 2009 at 5:00 am   This post has 51 responses.

Garden Writing Cliches I’d Like to Ban

"Who says organic gardens can't be beautiful?" No one.  No one has ever said that. Don't create a false sense of defiance to make your piece seem more innovative. Any others you'd like to nominate?

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Posted by on June 5, 2009 at 7:14 am   This post has 33 responses.

Multiply dog-eared Fine Gardening says “Renew me!”

Like so many Americans, I'm tightening my belt, cutting expenses where I can, and wondering if I really need all the magazines I subscribe to.  Garden Design is surely a good candidate for dropping, since it takes me 5-10 minutes to "read" it, but unfortunately I fell for their...

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Posted by on May 23, 2009 at 6:52 pm   This post has 11 responses.

Parade Magazine botches water-saving advice

Did y'all see the feature "5 Easy Tips to Save Money – and Energy" in yesterday's Parade? (It's America's largest circulation magazine, ya know, or I wouldn't be picking on them.)  The first tip is titled "Be Wise With Your Water" and begins: "Reduce your lawn area by planting...

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Posted by on April 27, 2009 at 11:27 am   This post has 11 responses.

Print is dead. Long live print!

In this post we are featuring guest ranter Patricia Craft, managing editor of Horticulture magazine. Her rant strikes a familiar chord with me; as a fellow magazine editor, I struggle with balancing online and print priorities—especially since my heart—and our revenues—are still located in the printed page.—Elizabeth Take your...

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Posted by on April 23, 2009 at 6:38 am   This post has 30 responses.

Garden coach publishes beginning veg-growing book

Veg-gardening coach Jean Ann Van Krevelen wanted to spread the word, but rather than shopping for a publisher decided to take matters into her own hands.  She's well positioned to do so, what with her other coaching duties – in online communications, social networking, all the new media stuff...

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Posted by on April 18, 2009 at 2:20 pm   This post has 5 responses.
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