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Don’t forget to vote—and even if your candidate doesn’t win, you can win this book!

      We have a winner! Congrats: Linda Gribko! We posted about All the Presidents’ Gardens when Timber ran a contest to win a trip to DC, but didn’t get into too much detail. It’s a really fun book; it’s also very well-researched by author Marta McDowell and exhaustively covers every administration from George […]

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Posted by on November 8, 2016 at 9:04 am   This post has 30 responses.

Wild Designer Makes “Beautiful Places for People to Love”

Rant readers know that we love Thomas Rainer’s work and his book Planting in a Post-Wild World (here’s Evelyn’s describing the aha’s she got from it), but there’s another game-changing landscape architect I hadn’t heard of til recently, one who may be having an even greater impact through her ginormous...

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Posted by on August 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Big Ahas from Planting in a Post-Wild World

Their primary audience may be other designers, but Thomas Rainer and Claudia West’s Planting in a Post-Wild World (Timber Press, 2016) offers many take-aways for regular gardeners too. The book outlines how to design and maintain an ecological landscape, and does so in beautifully clear, fluid language that is...

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Posted by on July 20, 2016 at 1:27 pm   This post has 14 responses.

Any gardener would love “Lab Girl”

It was Amy Stewart’s  review of Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl  in the Washington Post that got my attention. Here’s the blurb the publisher put on the back cover: “Sparkling, unexpected…Delightfully, wickedly funny.  I love this book for its honesty, its hilarity, and its brilliant sharp edges. Powerful and disarming.” Her review, for a...

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Posted by on July 1, 2016 at 8:55 am   This post has 4 responses.

New-Video Update

Today Good Gardening Videos announced to its subscribers 36 new videos, plus a new feature – a guide to videos on a timely subject. The first such guide covers Videos about Pruning Spring-Blooming Shrubs, including the best 8 videos we could find and a link to 4 more. Included are 3 new ones:...

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Posted by on May 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm   This post has Comments Off on New-Video Update.

Tallamania!

Ranters have been talking to scientist Doug Tallamy, professor and chair of the department of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, since 2007. So, since this is Throwback Thursday, I’d thought I’d include some of our earlier discussions with the professor, as well as a recent...

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Posted by on May 19, 2016 at 7:50 am   This post has 2 responses.

All the Presidents’ Gardens, and a Free Trip to DC

The Contest Timber Press, publisher of All the Presidents’ Gardens by Marta McDowell, is launching the book by sending a lucky winner to DC – enter to win before April 15. The winner (and guest) can use the prize any time, and assuming they enjoy visiting gardens, I suggest checking the DC...

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Posted by on April 7, 2016 at 8:22 pm   This post has 2 responses.

In remembrance of Allen Lacy

Sometimes a death can spark a renaissance and I am hoping that will be the case with Allen Lacy who died on December 27th at age 80.   I never knew him well – we spoke over the telephone on a number of occasions and I remember running into him...

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Posted by on January 8, 2016 at 7:53 am   This post has 9 responses.

Understanding Roots

Call me jaded, but it’s rare now that I find a gardening book that makes me understand gardening in a new way.  But this week, just such a book crossed my path.  It’s Understanding Roots by Robert Kourik.  In it, Kourik shares the fruits of his own deep experience...

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Posted by on November 4, 2015 at 11:22 am   This post has 6 responses.

Walnut Hill Book Giveaway

Anyone who’s created a garden over decades and come to love every inch of it understands the origins of this book, the story of a garden. It’s also the story of a family and their collaboration with world-renowned plantsman Kurt Bluemel in transforming two acres near Baltimore into a horticultural masterpiece....

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Posted by on November 3, 2015 at 8:13 am   This post has 71 responses.

Chanticleer – the Garden, the Book, the Launch Party

The highlight of a great week in garden events for me was the book launch party at Chanticleer Garden, hands down, for the chance to see the garden again (my fifth visit, and not my last), and to meet and greet the authors and photographer. Plus, Chanticleer and Timber...

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Posted by on October 9, 2015 at 9:46 am   This post has 2 responses.

“Post-Wild” Book Talk and Giveaway

I had the chance to hear a talk about the much-anticipated book Planting in a Post-Wild World by the authors, Thomas Rainer and Claudia West. I know I promised a book review and giveaway today, but having now read the whole book, I’ve decided that it’s so thought-provoking, I want to comment at...

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Posted by on October 2, 2015 at 7:24 am   This post has 101 responses.

Super-Duper Chanticleer Book and Contest

The Book, available next month from Timber Press, is the story of the garden from its very own gardeners. And Chanticleer Garden is a garden that’s designed and managed, not just cared for by gardeners, so they reveal more than pretty images – though Rob Cardillo’s are amazing.  It’s called...

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Posted by on August 21, 2015 at 8:17 am   This post has 2 responses.

Garden Rant Giveaway Grand Drawing

While visiting in Louisville, Panayoti Kelaidis and Jan Fahs of Denver, Colorado graciously agreed to make the drawing for the Garden Rant Giveaway that you’ve all awaited.   Drum roll, please…The lucky winner of Essential Perennials: The Complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the Home Garden: is Mary Beth Martin of...

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Posted by on April 7, 2015 at 6:14 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Essential Perennials…You Gotta Have It.

    Are you ready for another great Garden Rant Giveaway? Now’s your chance! You could be the lucky winner of Essential Perennials: The Complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the Home Garden. Post a comment below and tell us what your favorite perennial is and why you like...

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Posted by on April 2, 2015 at 7:55 am   This post has 109 responses.

Scotts Miracle-Gro, you can stop asking.

Dear readers, I went through my in-box and discovered some delicious hate-reading!  Ready? First, from somehow actually hired by Scotts Miracle-Gro to promote them, pasted below with commentary in brackets. Hi Susan, I’m reaching out on behalf of Scotts Miracle Grow to see if you have 30 minutes...

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Posted by on January 30, 2015 at 8:18 am   This post has 6 responses.

Gardening politics through the centuries

Thanks to a couple of fascinating new releases from Frances Lincoln, Katie Campbell’s British Gardens in Time and George Plumptre’s The English Country House Garden, I’ve beginning to add some dimensions to my starry-eyed reverence for the great English gardens. The reverence is still there, but now it’s accompanied...

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Posted by on October 27, 2014 at 9:40 am   This post has 6 responses.

1952 Gardening Rule: “Display good taste and exercise restraint.”

At a used-book sale to benefit the local elementary school, I found two gardening books old enough to pique my interest. First up is the Home Owners’ Complete Garden Handbook “by “top-ranking authority John Hayes Melady,” whoever he was (book didn’t say).  But look – the book is actually...

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Posted by on October 2, 2014 at 8:15 am   This post has 21 responses.

The good and the bad from the Brits

Many of us have a love/hate affair with gardening advice and essays that come from across the Atlantic.  There is always love, of course, for this mothership of great estate gardens, internationally known garden events, and giants of gardening design and literature like  Gertrude Jekyll, Christopher Lloyd, Dan Pearson,...

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Posted by on September 8, 2014 at 8:45 am   This post has 6 responses.

Behind the Scenes: Making a Video Trailer for a Gardening Book

Though it’s no longer a new idea, it seems odd to me that a gardening book would have a video trailer. How can a video—a very different medium—give a taste of what readers might experience? On the other hand, videos lend drama to their subjects, and though I’d hope...

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Posted by on April 16, 2014 at 3:53 am   This post has 8 responses.
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