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A Flower Show at the End of the World

Enjoy a photo-travelogue by our guest Rob Cardillo! This past October, I was lucky enough to attend Japan’s fourth annual Gardening World Cup set in Huis Ten Bosch  –  a slightly surreal, Dutch-inspired theme park complete with canals, windmills and stroopwafels.   Invited by the sponsors to come see one of the lesser known flower shows, […]

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Posted by Rob Cardillo on November 14, 2013 at 7:41 am   This post has 6 responses.

One step ahead of the garden police

I never liked Japanese barberry shrubs anyway. They do not have pretty flowers. They smell bad, as in, cat urine bad. They have vicious thorns that really hurt whenever I tried to prune them or to weed in their vicinity. I never could understand why folks planted them. So last year, armed with...

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Posted by Barbara Conner on November 11, 2013 at 8:10 am   This post has 23 responses.

Fall Color Marred by Cleavage

Guest Rant by Wendy Kiang-Spray I am not an arborist.  Nor am I a landscape architect, city planner, neighborhood developer, or anything of the sort. This is why I’m so confused about the planting of large trees under phone and power lines.  Throughout my neighborhood, these trees grow so...

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Posted by Wendy Kiang-Spray on November 7, 2013 at 8:10 am   This post has 13 responses.

Scary House

Since we don’t know each other very well, I am going to start my association with the venerable Garden Rant with a confession. My house is the “Scary House” It wasn’t ALWAYS like that. My garden was gorgeous! It’s been in magazines and books! My garden was in Martha...

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Posted by on October 30, 2013 at 1:20 am   This post has 65 responses.

GardenRant Announces New Partners!

Since 2006 GardenRant has been the work of four opinionated gardeners doing their best to “uproot the gardening world,” with occasional help from guests adding their voices to the mix.  But now that’s changed, with the addition of three new GardenRant partners as regular Voices over there in the...

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Posted by on October 21, 2013 at 9:42 am   This post has 8 responses.

The perils of giving and receiving garden criticism

I can’t get this provocative post by Anne Wareham out of my  mind.  (It’s on the U.K.’s Think in Gardens – highly recommended!)  It seems that a well-known gardener was shocked to read criticism of her garden, which criticism was so well known that Anne was shocked that the...

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 at 9:18 am   This post has 36 responses.

Garden Design Mag is Back and Totally Different!

Once a fan of Garden Design Magazine, I came to dislike it enough to ask for my unused subscription money back after it changed its target audience to the rich and beautiful people of Southern California, with their $1,000 patio chairs and al fresco dinner parties.  So I wasn’t...

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Posted by on October 11, 2013 at 10:31 am   This post has 18 responses.

Vegetable Thief Master Class

How many freaking watermelons does one thief need?  FIVE.  The answer is FIVE. What chafes me most is that the stuff wasn’t ripe!  Stealing vegetables is tacky and unethical, but at least you should know what you are doing!  I could live in denial about the tomatoes.  But the...

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Posted by Rebecca Caley on October 9, 2013 at 11:31 am   This post has 36 responses.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Shuts Down Science Department

­ On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at the direction of President Scot Medbury, Vice Presidents of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) notified four staff that they had been fired. The administration also chose to shutter and relocate the 330,000 specimen herbarium, cited in botanical literature as BKL, and suspend...

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Posted by Chris Kreussling on October 5, 2013 at 9:50 am   This post has 3 responses.

The Shutdown Hits Home

Friends, in his own opinion, ProfessorRoush has done an exceptional job at Garden Musings, avoiding any mention of politics here over the now 3+ years I’ve blogged. Only those who know my tendency to rant over seemingly minute issues can fathom what a struggle that has been, but I’m going to make...

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Posted by on October 4, 2013 at 8:17 am   This post has 61 responses.

Weeds are for Eating!

Last month found me driving north through the Salinas Valley, a long, narrow lowland known to many as the “salad bowl of the world.” I was on my way to give a presentation on edible weeds at the National Heirloom Expo. As my husband drove, I couldn’t help noticing...

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Posted by Melany Vorass Herrera on October 3, 2013 at 8:50 am   This post has 13 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...

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Posted by on October 2, 2013 at 5:06 am   This post has 73 responses.

The “Queen of Green”? You be the Judge

Cheap-shot alert!  Because yes, we’re all sent cheesey emails from publicists that could be posted here for a laugh.  So we resist-resist-resist until along comes one that makes me say HOLD ON, I can’t stand it any longer; this one MUST BE MOCKED. I’ll used italics to highlight the...

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Posted by on September 27, 2013 at 7:08 am   This post has 34 responses.

A Tale of Two Gardens

I have two gardens and can barely keep up with one. The first garden is in Louisville, where Rose and I have lived for 18 years. It’s on a one-third acre city lot, down the street from the Olmsted-designed Cherokee Park. It’s planted with perennials, trees, shrubs, and a...

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Posted by on September 26, 2013 at 10:09 am   This post has 15 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?...

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Posted by on September 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm   This post has Comments Off.

Native Plants are a Moral Choice

Guest Rant by Benjamin Vogt It’s late July and I’ve finally seen my first monarch butterfly, but only after the Liatris ligulistylis started blooming. This is a very, very late start. In 2010 I raised 200 from egg to wing, then in 2011 a solid 150, last year only...

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Posted by on September 20, 2013 at 7:19 am   This post has 130 responses.

Have Scythe, Will Farm

I recently woke up with a badly aching right elbow. In fact, I could barely use my arm. Must be Lyme disease, I concluded. Pain in the joints is a primary symptom and I knew I’d been bitten by at least one tick since we purchased a farm property...

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Posted by on September 12, 2013 at 6:46 am   This post has 9 responses.

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...

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Posted by on September 11, 2013 at 5:57 am   This post has 26 responses.

Late season observations

Double lilies I’m sold. I first posted images of these here last month, when they had already been blooming for a week or so. Well, they’re still blooming and I can envision at least a week more. That’s 5-6 weeks of flowering and scent from a lily plant—enough for...

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Posted by on September 9, 2013 at 7:45 am   This post has 8 responses.

Golfland

I like stick-and-ball games as much as anybody else. Leaving the ball out entirely and just using the stick has panache, but bumps the odds of either an arrest or a visit to the hospital. Or both. Golf is unique among stick and ball games. Why? It has holes,...

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Posted by on September 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm   This post has 5 responses.
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