Here's one I've actually visited—Montecute

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 by a little bit of understanding. […]

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, CRRRITIC
Posted by on October 27, 2014 at 9:40 am   This post has 5 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...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books
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,...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, Everybody's a Critic
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...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, What's Happening
Posted by on April 16, 2014 at 3:53 am   This post has 8 responses.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Novel of Botanical Exploration

  When I ran into Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the megahit Eat, Pray, Love and five other books, at a party earlier this year, she wanted to talk about only one thing: botany. Her new novel, The Signature of All Things, was working its way to publication and I...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, Unusually Clever People
Posted by on October 2, 2013 at 5:06 am   This post has 73 responses.

66 Square Feet–We Have a Winner!

Thanks to everyone for your comments on Marie Viljoen’s post on foraged greens and her new book.  Our winner, chosen at random, is one of the Jennifers, and Jennifer, you know who you are because we have already sent you an email.  Thanks for your comment, “Forager’s field greens?...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books
Posted by on September 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm   This post has Comments Off.

Please Call them Vegetables–and a Giveaway!

  It started with the pigweed that came up in the rose pot on the edge of my terrace. I didn’t know it was pigweed (and even “pigweed” is problematic since the common name belongs to more than one plant). But eventually I whittled down the rose-invader’s ID to...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, Drink This, Eat This, Feed Me, Guest Rants
Posted by on September 11, 2013 at 5:57 am   This post has 26 responses.

Find a Great Novel at Your Local Botanical Garden

  This just in:  On Friday Sept. 6, five botanical gardens will be hiding copies of Elizabeth Gilbert’s new novel, “The Signature of All Things,” all across their grounds. The participating gardens will be: New Jersey Skylands, Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, Coral Gables Botanical Gardens, New York Botanical Gardens...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books
Posted by on September 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm   This post has 2 responses.

eBooks in Bloom

Hey!  Did you know that Timber Press offers up three titles a month in ebook form for $3.99 or less?  You can buy them in a whole bunch of different formats and read them on your computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or dedicated ereader. Here’s the latest batch, and it...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books
Posted by on September 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Win a bouquet from an American Rose Farm – and keep Valentine’s Day local

by Debra Prinzing  Read on to WIN ONE DOZEN AMERICAN ROSES Post a comment here about why American-grown flowers are important to you! You might just win one dozen gorgeous roses from Oregon or California! We have rose donations from Eufloria Flowers and Peterkort Roses. Two winners will be...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, Guest Rants, It's the Plants, Darling, Taking Your Gardening Dollar, What's Happening
Posted by on February 7, 2013 at 5:34 am   This post has 90 responses.

woo-woo back atcha, margaret roach

Margaret Roach’s blog tour for her new book “Backyard Parables” has been going strong for two weeks, and I’m kinda late to the party.  But like any opinionated gardenblogger, I have things to say. At first I was confused by the title but soon learned that this book is...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, Unusually Clever People
Posted by on January 25, 2013 at 9:37 am   This post has 8 responses.

Loads of Garden-Related eBooks for $1.99

If you’re sitting around in a post-holiday daze, wondering what to load onto the new ereader/tablet/laptop/smartphone you just got over the holidays, I have an answer!  To my delight, my publisher Algonquin has put a ton of ebooks on sale today.  Here’s a list of all the garden/nature titles...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, Taking Your Gardening Dollar
Posted by on December 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm   This post has 3 responses.

Drunken Botanist: The Video

Thanks once again to my Hollywood brother for this one, who actually managed to cast an actor to do most of the heavy lifting.

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, But is it Art?
Posted by on December 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm   This post has 6 responses.

Loving David Culp’s Layered Garden. Scheming to see the garden.

I’d never heard of perennials expert David Culp until his long-awaited book finally came out and I started seeing raves everywhere.  Then I learned that garden centers up and down the East Coast have long been fans of David through his work for Sunny Border Nurseries, a respected perennials...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books
Posted by on December 14, 2012 at 8:41 am   This post has 8 responses.

My Dirty Little Secret

Dear Penthouse Letters: I never thought it could happen to me. I mean, me? S&M? NO WAY. Then I realized… Gardening, for me, was masochism. It’s true. For years, I was a virtual slave to plants I lusted after but couldn’t grow. How voluptuous were lilacs and peonies when...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, Guest Rants
Posted by Andrew Keys on November 15, 2012 at 6:54 am   This post has 76 responses.

Marijuana growers and users “fired up,” too!

Marijuana’s Going Legal Hard to believe, but America’s long prohibition against marijuana may be coming to an end, at least in places like Colorado and Washington State, both of which voted this week to legalize pot.  And that’s for recreation, not for any medical purpose, real or phony.  In...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by on November 9, 2012 at 9:05 am   This post has 27 responses.

The State of Cannabis-Growing Literature

Ranter James Rousch recently lamented that Garden Literature is going Up in Smoke, based on his count of 87 pot-growing books currently on offer at the local Barnes and Noble.  I recently read one of them myself (to review, I swear!) – the excellent Supercharged from Timber Press, which...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, Unusually Clever People
Posted by on November 2, 2012 at 8:57 am   This post has 9 responses.

Seven Nature/Garden Ebooks for $1.99

Hey, good news! Algonquin Books has picked a whole bunch of garden and nature ebook titles for $1.99 for the entire month of July.   The list includes two books from Diana Wells–Lives of Trees and 100 Birds and How They Got Their Names–as well as three lovely escapist narratives: ...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, CRRRITIC
Posted by on July 4, 2012 at 10:32 am   This post has 6 responses.

A Backlog of Books

  I’ve been in Portland for two months, living the good life as visiting faculty at Portland State University and occupying a swell apartment provided to me by Tin House.  I’m home now, but I’m nowhere near caught up.  Anyway, there are four books on my desk that I...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books, CRRRITIC
Posted by on June 13, 2012 at 6:30 am   This post has 7 responses.

Michelle Obama’s American Grown

You don’t have to be a gardener or a even Democrat to love Michelle Obama’s first book – American Grown, the Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across American – like I do.  Caring about the health of our kids and of the land helps, though....

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Books
Posted by on June 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm   This post has 3 responses.
  • Follow Garden Rant

    Follow Me on Pinterest RSS