Garden Bloggers Fling

See you in the Twin Cities?

By now, many of you must have heard about the yearly garden blogger get-togethers that have been running since 2008. Pam Penick of Digging got it started; the first one took place in Austin, which is home to great gardens and—at that time, anyway—quite a cohort of garden bloggers. Then, we moved on to Chicago, […]

Posted by  on April 19, 2016 at 8:00 am.   This post has 3 responses.

Plant Shopping Dos and Don’ts

Plant-shopping is a hobby for most addicted gardeners, but it’s also a craft. Years ago, when I wanted to sharpen my skills, I consulted with the buyer for a busy Long Island landscape installation company; this company depended for its reputation on installing only first class plants. The buyer...

Read more in: It's the Plants, Darling, Taking Your Gardening Dollar
Posted by on April 18, 2016 at 9:41 am

Your Azalea-Eaglet Update

I posted recently about the birth of two bald eaglets at the National Arboretum and the totally addictive Eagle Cam recording the action. I mentioned having unanswered questions about restrictions on the public’s access to their famous azalea collection, blooming nearby and now, with the email glitch between the...

Read more in: Public Gardens, What's Happening
Posted by on April 15, 2016 at 9:22 am

#TBT: Plant Lust

Here’s a May, 2007 post from Garden Rant co-founder Amy Stewart, in which she speaks of a situation that has only grown in significance since when this was posted. Gardeners Like Us are naturally suspicious of “branded” plants, particularly when that brand has a hokey name like Proven Winners. ...

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Posted by on April 14, 2016 at 6:46 am

Rosemary Up the Ass and the Stinking Hellebore

  Mary Vaananen, a Jelitto Perennial Seeds colleague, emailed sad news on my first day in Florence, Italy. Judith Tyler had died. Jude was a longtime friend. She and her husband, Dick, grew hellebores at their Pine Knot Farms in Clarksville, Virginia. For the next two days, I staggered around...

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Posted by on April 13, 2016 at 7:04 am

Wildflowers—learning to settle

A Facebook post from Rant partner Allen Bush got me thinking about wildflowers—not that we’ve been seeing too many flowers outside of any type here in Western New York. Now is the spring of our discontent: after a semi-glorious winter that had temps frequently breaking into the sixties and...

Read more in: It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by on April 12, 2016 at 7:54 am

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

#TBT: Yardening is not a word

This April 2007 post from me got some interesting comments, including a very nice response from Jeff Ball, who (we think)  invented the phrase. By the way, I entered “yardening” into a Shutterstock (the stock photo servive we use) search and got a bunch of images from yarden, Israel...

Read more in: Garden Rant turns 10, Ministry of Controversy, Shut Up and Dig
Posted by on April 7, 2016 at 7:34 am

Showing Off My Grandplants

One marker of true success for me as a gardener, a situation in which I feel I’ve received a “gold star” from Nature, is when a plant I’ve placed in the garden produces an offspring. Ecologically, this doesn’t necessarily mean I picked the perfect spot for that plant. A...

Read more in: It's the Plants, Darling, Real Gardens
Posted by on April 6, 2016 at 2:55 am

An irresistible DIY book

I am the last person who should be writing about DIY projects. As far as the house is concerned, we have to have contractors for everything, including minor fixture installations and any painting. We build nothing. We fix nothing. What cleaning is needed gets done every two weeks by...

Read more in: Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, Everybody's a Critic
Posted by on April 5, 2016 at 8:33 am

Perils of Plantsmanship

Recently I went to a lecture at the New York Botanical Garden by Italian garden designer Luciano Giubbilei. His passion was infectious and his images were ravishing – spectacular gardens composed of just a handful of elements. This was a message that particularly resonated with me, as I’ve become...

Read more in: Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, It's the Plants, Darling, Ministry of Controversy, Uncategorized
Posted by on April 4, 2016 at 10:43 am

Garden Flag Reveal!

My most recent post about garden flags included muslin garden flags that I tie-dyed and the promise to show readers what they look like hanging in my garden, where they’re supposed to not just look pretty but screen some bad views. So here’s the view from my back garden toward the...

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Posted by on April 1, 2016 at 6:45 am

#TBT: Jerry Baker, Still Quacking

Susan first ranted about home remedy-hawker Jerry Baker (“America’s Master Gardener”) on her own blog in March of 2006, and it was that rant that caught the attention of Amy Stewart and Michele Owens, who were then scheming about a team blog. Here’s Susan’s July 30, 2006 follow-up post...

Read more in: Garden Rant turns 10, Ministry of Controversy
Posted by on March 31, 2016 at 8:36 am

Yard gard

And now for something completely different. Here’s a guest post from Catherine Berlin, a Buffalo attorney who now lives in Sweden and writes on style for the magazine I edit, Buffalo Spree.—Elizabeth I should not be offering gardeners any advice on what to wear this summer. I don’t have...

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Posted by Catherine Berlin on March 29, 2016 at 7:15 am

Bald eagles, not azaleas, are the stars at Arboretum

The hottest outdoor news in Washington, D.C. this month isn’t the flowering of cherry trees at the Tidal Basin. This year it’s the birth of two Bald Eagles at the National Arboretum, thanks to 24/7 coverage of the event by the live, hopelessly addicting Eaglecam installed by the American Eagle...

Read more in: Public Gardens, What's Happening
Posted by on March 25, 2016 at 9:24 am

#TBT What’s Invasive? Telling People What They Can’t Plant In Their Yards

The debate over invasive species won’t go away any time soon. We’re sure that many would still have issues with Rant co-founder Michele Owens views on flag iris and other problem plants. This post is from July, 2009. I have very strong ideas about how a civilized society behaves. ...

Read more in: Garden Rant turns 10, Ministry of Controversy
Posted by on March 24, 2016 at 8:00 am

Nine years of ranting about the map

Don’t worry—we’re not starting a new Throwback Tuesday series. But after reading Thomas Christopher’s post detailing his issues with the current USDA plant hardiness map, I felt it would be useful to revisit previous Rant discussions on this highly controversial topic. There have been plenty. The mere fact that...

Read more in: Gardening on the Planet, Ministry of Controversy
Posted by on March 22, 2016 at 8:00 am

Hardiness Disinformation

Successful gardeners are firmly rooted in what Karl Rove in 2004 famously disparaged as “the reality-based community.” That is, we study what we find around us and base our actions on that. I mention this because we are still, in a significant way, suffering from the Bush administration’s determination...

Read more in: Gardening on the Planet, Ministry of Controversy, Science Says
Posted by on March 19, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Philly Flower (?) Show Report

I’ll say one thing for this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show – good for the PHS for choosing national parks as the theme, in celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. I love that parks got tons of attention! But flower-show material, they’re really not. Case in point: the show’s...

Read more in: What's Happening
Posted by on March 18, 2016 at 8:26 am

#TBT: Natives are hot, but am I hot for natives? Or just confused?

Native plants—a topic that we’ll be discussing for rants to come. In this one from March, 2007, Elizabeth is noting the vast differences between the original environments for these species and her urban garden in Buffalo (among other things). She has a lot more native plants now than she...

Read more in: Gardening on the Planet, Ministry of Controversy
Posted by on March 17, 2016 at 9:11 am
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