What’s That You Say? Garden Books Thriving?

This just in from Publishers Weekly:  garden books are actually doing well this year.  A few highlights from their report: What might be termed the “old variety” of gardening books hurt the category's sales, argues Plain White Press publisher Julie Trelstad. “The flood of coffee-table gardening books imported from Europe nearly killed gardening publishing, not […]

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Posted by on April 3, 2009 at 6:27 am   This post has 17 responses.

Book cover feedback needed (badly)

Remember when we had a survey/book-giveaway and helped choose photos for Sustainable Gardening for Florida by frequent commenter Ginny Stibolt?  Well, it's in the design phase now and this is the cover design proposed by the publisher.  Ginny sent it along to see what we think.  So, what DO...

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Posted by on April 2, 2009 at 2:41 pm   This post has 54 responses.

Shout-out to the Washington Post

It's gardening day at the Washington Post, which – God love 'em – is STILL publishing four gardening columns every week, all good to excellent.  For editorial policy I prefer the New York Times but for garden reporting nobody beats my home town paper. Today there's a HUGE spread...

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Posted by on March 19, 2009 at 3:09 pm   This post has 7 responses.

What’s That You Say? We Can Get Information From Our Computers?

What an odd little story from the Associated Press.  Gardeners today don't have to have heavy old stacks of books sitting around!  Why, all they have to do nowadays is bookmark a website on their computer! You know what's even more amazing?  These so-called Web sites are free! The...

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Posted by on February 2, 2009 at 10:51 am   This post has 20 responses.

The winner—and by the way, none of you were right

Jodi/Blooming Writer is the randomly-chosen winner of the Nichols compilation; I think she’ll enjoy it. The “contest” part of this was really unwinnable. You’ll be surprised by the correct answers. …it reminds me of a clump of laurels on which someone has hung the weekly washing referred to DATURA.…...

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Posted by on January 29, 2009 at 4:30 am   This post has 6 responses.

A little book of zingers, bon mots, and other amusing snippets of garden persiflage

Beverley Nichols really knows how to insult a plant. How about this: …it reminds me of a clump of laurels on which someone has hung the weekly washing. Or this: … as embarrassing as a middle-aged lady standing on the steps of a provincial town hall, disguised as Cleopatra...

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Posted by on January 28, 2009 at 8:59 am   This post has 19 responses.

What Garden Writers Could Learn from Thriller Writers

It would: Host an easy and accessible website whose primary purpose is to allow READERS–gardeners–to connect with garden writers & photographers.  Through the website you could buy books, connect to garden writers' blogs, websites, and publications, request a garden writer as a speaker, and find out about their tour...

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Posted by on January 26, 2009 at 5:15 am   This post has 34 responses.

More Media News

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune is filing for bankruptcy. Another robust garden section in peril.  Any garden writers out that way with news, send it our way. The news also came this week that environmental/eco-lifestyle magazine Plenty, and National Geographic's Green Guide, are no longer. AdAge reports that a new 'green'...

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Posted by on January 20, 2009 at 9:32 am   This post has 12 responses.

Speaking of Newspapers

A nice piece in the Houston Chronicle on seed catalogs, in which she interviews both George Ball of Burpee and Jere Gettle of Baker Creek.  Check it out here.  And now for this distressing news: according to its own news report, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer will be sold or shut...

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Posted by on January 12, 2009 at 10:13 am   This post has 14 responses.

Layoffs at Meredith

The New York Times reports that Meredith, publisher of Better Homes & Gardens and other garden pubs, is laying off 250 employees and closing Country Home magazine. If anybody’s got the scoop on whether any garden writers got the axe, drop us a line. And here’s an interesting sidenote. ...

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Posted by on January 8, 2009 at 8:55 pm   This post has 14 responses.

A book is great, but make sure it’s one that will get USED

Three men I’d never leave on the shelf This year, I’ve found myself giving things like feeders, solar lighting, and other backyard accessories that promote sustainability in the domestic landscape. I still think books are a good gift, but they need to be books that the recipient really needs,...

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Posted by on December 10, 2008 at 10:13 am   This post has 3 responses.

Lord Love the Internet

The blogosphere is wonderful for many reasons, not the least of which is that it allows the smart but obscure to trump the powerful but clueless. An obit in the Times ten days ago told this story beautifully. 

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The Fine Gardening Survey: Make Your Voice Heard

The good people at Fine Gardening magazine have put out a survey about your interest in vegetable/edible gardening. There’s a question about their fine-but-no-longer-published Kitchen Gardener magazine, and one about what blogs you read.  (Hmmm.) Anyway.  Take the survey here, and thanks to Fine Gardening for letting us spread...

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Posted by on December 8, 2008 at 10:41 am   This post has one response.

Get yer hot trends here

In July, I asked you all to help me imagine what next year’s garden trends might be. I was prompted by a questionnaire that wound up in my mailbox from the Garden Media Group. Here’s a sampling of what you said: Lisa looks for eco-gardening, more veggies, and fewer...

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Posted by on December 3, 2008 at 5:00 am   This post has 15 responses.

Public gardens get blogging

Part two in our gardenblog roundup looks in on public gardens, some of whom are so media-savvy they’re actually blogging.  The Scott Arboretum’s blog is terrific, with input from many of its garden staffers.  Called Garden Seeds, it includes the "About the Authors" information I’m such a stickler for...

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Posted by on December 2, 2008 at 4:26 am   This post has 9 responses.

Magazines get blogging

In the News-We-Like department, look at all these new blogs from the world of gardening magazines: Organic Gardening has a blog for their staff and test bloggers (some of whom you’ll recognize as GardenRant commenters), called Organic@Gardening. I like their clear "About our Authors", with photos, etc.  But how...

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Posted by on November 25, 2008 at 2:05 pm   This post has 11 responses.

The NYT Answers Questions About Its Garden Coverage

In case you missed it:  The New York Times recently answered questions about its home and garden coverage.  One alert reader, quite possibly a Friend of Rant, wrote in and asked: Why do you call it Home and Garden when you have fewer and fewer articles on gardening and...

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Posted by on November 24, 2008 at 5:07 am   This post has 21 responses.

Magazines and the New Media:
Two Success Stories

Organic Gardening Debates GMO OG Mag tackled the hot and juicy topic of genetically modified plants, that specter of science run amok that has so many of us worried, with arguments pro and con by the authors of Tomorrow’s Table.  In a cool publishing move, the book is the...

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Posted by on November 11, 2008 at 4:29 am   This post has 4 responses.

Dear Taunton, Make Me A Subscriber Again

Dear Taunton, You publish a lot of very handsome but rather astringent magazines.  Clearly, very little emotion or humor escapes your editorial process.  Occasionally, I will pick up Fine Homebuilding when I’m considering a fireplace insert or half-round gutters and want just the facts, ma’am.  But Fine Gardening?  When...

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Posted by on November 7, 2008 at 4:45 am   This post has 26 responses.

Garden Writing I Dig:
An Obituary and a Parade of Uglies

On the heels of our recent rants about bland, uninspired garden writing, I offer a couple of examples that got my attention quickly and held onto it til the very last word. MOST INTERESTING GARDEN-WORLD OBITUARY EVERThe very important and influential Marc Cathey died this week and news accounts...

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Posted by on October 11, 2008 at 12:08 pm   This post has 6 responses.
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