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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' magazine, Organic Beauty, is set to […]

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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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Posted by on December 10, 2008 at 8:33 am   This post has Comments Off.

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.

Nothing Can Kill a Show Like Too Much Exposition

The problem for the reader is that — well — it’s text.  It’s not writing.  It’s expository, dense, informational, texty, text.  There is no narrative.  No story.  No drama or conflict.  No characters, no dialogue, no scenes, no setting, no action, no sense of time passing, no beginning, no...

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Posted by on September 29, 2008 at 5:23 am   This post has 26 responses.

Ok. I was wrong. And here’s a free book to make up for it.

What was I thinking, picking on dumb, generic gardening advice for the colder zones only? There’s plenty of boring, meaningless fall gardening advice across all the zones, heck, even across oceans. A few choice bits: From North Carolina— Clean out your vegetable garden of overgrown and harvested plants; clean...

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Posted by on September 24, 2008 at 10:00 am   This post has 17 responses.

Some advice on fall gardening advice: keep it to yourself

My un-mums: flowers and foliage that last me though October Never an avid gardening column reader at the best of times, in the fall, I give them a wide berth. It’s not just because the advice is often the type of banal “duh” stuff that I would assume very...

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Posted by on September 20, 2008 at 5:00 am   This post has 14 responses.

American Schizophrenia

A week ago, I took my kids to the Washington County Fair in my beloved Washington County, NY and was once again completely puzzled by it. Half of it is heavenly: shed after shed of prize-winning farm animals, most of them raised by children. If you catch it right,...

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Posted by on September 2, 2008 at 5:24 am   This post has 16 responses.

Gardening for guys, brought to you by Esquire

Yes, the answer is roses. Contey advises Knock Out Roses, for their easy maintenance and evocative name. Contey also likes the Jackson grill and the hori, a Japanese utility knife that you can also use to plant pansies.

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Posted by on August 24, 2008 at 12:00 pm   This post has 25 responses.

An Armitage third edition

Here’s the biggest tome to hit my doorstep in recent months. A 1108-page paperback, Allan Armitage’s third edition of Herbaceous Perennial Plants promises to differ from the last version of it (published in 1997) thusly: Hundreds of new cultivars that weren’t in existence in 1997 * Dozens of new...

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Posted by on August 13, 2008 at 3:42 am   This post has 8 responses.

Horticulture magazine notices Garden Rant—and is slightly dismayed

Picture me last week, relaxing at the beach in North Carolina, swimming daily, using SPF 40 under a tent, trying not to mix the margaritas much before 5 p.m.—but fie! Our nicely-appointed cottage is cursed with blazing wi-fi internet access and all three couples have misguidedly brought their laptops...

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Posted by on July 14, 2008 at 9:00 am   This post has 27 responses.
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