Guest Rants, Real Gardens

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Scott Beuerlein returns with another Guest Rant and pays tribute to one of the good ones. Somewhere back in the late 80s, I decided I knew more than at least half the landscapers out there and took that as a sign that it was time to start a side business. In hindsight, I didn’t know […]

Posted by Scott Beuerlein  on July 5, 2017 at 7:58 am.   This post has 10 responses.

Editing for Autumn

I’ve been spending a good deal of time recently at Wave Hill, the 28-acre horticultural paradise in the Bronx – I’ve been asked to write a book about its garden art.  Wave Hill is famous for many things:  its matchless collection of exquisite plants, its daring color combinations, and...

Read more in: Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, Shut Up and Dig
Posted by on July 3, 2017 at 9:07 am

joe gardener Goes Live!

For months I’d been dying to set my eyes on Joe Lamp’ls new website joegardener.com, hoping for a lot. It launched last week and at the risk of gushing, it includes everything a how-to-garden site should have and some stuff I didn’t think of. In Joe’s words to me...

Read more in: Unusually Clever People, What's Happening
Posted by on June 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Perfect Prairie Meadow? More like Field of Broken Dreams

My lust for the perfect prairie meadow show – aided and abated, of course, with the need for a new septic system – began with the lacy-pink flowers of Queen-of-the-Prairie, or Filipendula rubra. I had not seen The Native Queen in all her glory until purchasing our history-worn Hoosier...

Read more in: It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by on June 28, 2017 at 7:32 am

Keep the cats inside

This was to be a post touting the glorious weekend I had exploring the DC area with fellow garden bloggers. But, while I was away, I received news that a nest of birds we’d been hosting has possibly fallen prey to one of the many free-roaming/feral cats that plague...

Read more in: Ministry of Controversy
Posted by on June 27, 2017 at 10:38 am

Testing Pollinator Plants at Penn State

Just in time for National Pollinator Week, my Garden Writers region planned a fabulous outing for members – to see the Penn State Trial Gardens near York, PA, especially their trials for pollinator plants. The goal is “to evaluate native species and their cultivars for attractiveness to pollinators and suitability for...

Read more in: Gardening on the Planet
Posted by on June 23, 2017 at 6:50 am

Wildlife Encounters

I’ve posted before on this blog about the attraction of wildlife tracking in the garden.  Garden wildlife, I noted then, reminds me of teenagers – the critters eat distressingly huge meals then typically leave without communicating about what they have been up to or what their plans are. Reading...

Read more in: Real Gardens
Posted by on June 19, 2017 at 9:30 am

Flingers, First Trip to DC?

Gardening get-togethers like the Garden Blogger Fling and Garden Writer events are the best possible ways to see great private gardens, and the Fling attendees coming to the Washington, D.C. area next weekend will see lots of them. But like Elizabeth, when I visit a city that’s new to me...

Read more in: What's Happening
Posted by on June 16, 2017 at 8:45 am

A Gardening Education: Alberta and Omer

  While I wait for my first social security check to arrive later this month, I have been thinking about two crucial mentors. Alberta Coleman and Omer Barber fostered my gardening career. They were as different as a peony and a prickly pear. I volunteered to work with Alberta...

Read more in: Unusually Clever People
Posted by on June 14, 2017 at 7:22 am

Ask not for whom the lily beetle tolls

Finally, they’re here. For at least 5 years, now, I have been hearing tales of destruction and dire prophecies from friends and garden visitors who live to the east and northeast of Buffalo. “Do you have the lily beetle yet? They’re everywhere in (Rochester/New England/Ithaca, etc.). I don’t grow...

Read more in: It's the Plants, Darling, Shut Up and Dig
Posted by on June 13, 2017 at 10:16 am

Winning Writers and Gardeners at the American Hort Society

Last night the American Horticultural Society held its annual awards gala at its headquarters (above, an estate formerly owned by the Geo. Washington family) on the shores of the Potomac in Alexandria, VA. I was there, along with two GardenRant award-winners an assortment of movers and shakers in the plant world....

Read more in: Who's Ranting About Us
Posted by on June 9, 2017 at 7:57 am

Garden show-offs and lawn proselytizing at a DC museum

Here’s one item not on the agenda for this month’s Garden Blogger’s Fling in Washington, DC, but I don’t plan to miss it: “Cultivating America’s Gardens,” at the National Museum of American History in Washington. It opened last month and is on view through August 2018, so there’s plenty...

Read more in: Public Gardens, Real Gardens, Unusually Clever People
Posted by on June 8, 2017 at 7:51 am

Take the Sting Out with Nutritious Nettles

My daughter, Molly, decided to harvest nettles on our farm in Salvisa last year. I wondered, Why? I must have been lost in the woods. Suddenly, more herbalists are singing the praises of stinging nettles. Urtica dioica is loaded with vitamins and minerals and is also a valuable, anti-inflammatory, weedy...

Read more in: Eat This, What's Happening
Posted by on June 7, 2017 at 7:35 am

Natives – A Moving Target?

  There was a certain irony in the timing, given America’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.  Still, last week was the time when a group of Master Gardeners had asked me to give them a lecture about the possible effects on gardening of global climate change – and...

Read more in: Gardening on the Planet, Science Says, Uncategorized
Posted by on June 5, 2017 at 11:46 am

Beach Landscape Hits and Misses

Some people go to the beach to enjoy the ocean. I do that (a bit) but mostly find myself looking at plants, at gardens. So in late May I walked down the boardwalk at Rehoboth, Delaware  and stopped to admire the cedar-shake homes and especially the windswept plants that look just...

Read more in: Real Gardens
Posted by on June 2, 2017 at 8:14 am

But not for me

Some plants are just untouchable, iconic. Lilacs are among those plants. They’re immortalized in poetry, like “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.” Or glorious in cities, as in Rochester’s lilac festival or New York’s Cloisters. Yet, I removed two large lilacs from my property within two years of...

Read more in: It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by on June 1, 2017 at 10:44 am

A Whole Different Spin on Pot Planting

There have been very few opportunities for even the most avid of gardeners to plant bright red geraniums in an old, gray washing machine tub, so pay attention to this one. The story begins almost 45 years ago as Bob and Janet Hill, garden neophytes whose possessions included two...

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Posted by on May 29, 2017 at 9:48 am

Where Leaders for Public Gardens Come From

Last week I showed off my favorite views in Chanticleer Garden from a recent visit, promising a second post about the “good and important work that Chanticleer does.” So I’m back to spread the word about the behind-the-gorgeous-gardens stuff that goes on there, good works I had no notion...

Read more in: Public Gardens
Posted by on May 26, 2017 at 8:17 am

Once more in Buffalo—this time for the GWA

Those of you who belong to the Garden Writers Association know that its annual conference happens in Buffalo August 4–7. Here’s a video our local tourism agency and GardensBuffaloNiagara.com (the group that runs Garden Walk) made to help lure the conference. Not that it took much convincing. Many GWAers...

Read more in: Garden Walk Buffalo, Real Gardens
Posted by on May 25, 2017 at 9:41 am

The Mysterious Case of the Orange Petunia

  If you’re growing an orange petunia this summer, you may be one of the lucky ones. Or the afflicted ones. Orangish petunias were taken off the market several weeks ago, in Europe, when a Finnish watchdog agency, Evira, announced they had discovered that the summer flowering annual had...

Read more in: Ministry of Controversy, Science Says
Posted by on May 24, 2017 at 8:02 am
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