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Peter del Tredici Talks about Urban Ecology

Thomas Christopher’s recent post about Peter del Tredici’s Wild Urban Plants of the  Northeast:  A Field Guide prompts me to post this video of his talk for the Cultural Landscape Foundation. Peter was also profiled here on GardenRant after his 2010 talk to the ASLA annual conference.

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Posted by on February 28, 2017 at 10:14 am   This post has no responses.

Beauty and the Beasts

  Paul Hetzler has an ax to grind. “Tree topping is a subject I can really get worked up about. It’s unprofessional, unsightly, outrageous, unethical, dangerous, and I even suspect it causes more frequent rainy weekends and bad-hair days.” Hetzler is the natural resources and horticulture specialist with Cornell...

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Posted by on February 8, 2017 at 7:12 am   This post has 7 responses.

Stick to gardening

Life is messy. I think we can all agree. You’d like to keep all the separate activities—professional life, family, hobbies, friends, travel, politics—in their little boxes, but it’s never easy. Things run together, things collide, especially in the age of social media. I look at my Facebook posts from...

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Posted by on January 31, 2017 at 10:07 am   This post has 24 responses.

Dying on the Vine? Part II

Guest Rant by Scott Beuerlein, who insists the end is not nigh. Gardeners join together. One of my very favorite quotes came from a supervisor I had many years ago in what seems like a previous life. He said: “It’s not that I want to be an asshole, it’s...

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Posted by Scott Beuerlein on December 29, 2016 at 7:39 am   This post has 17 responses.

Dying on the Vine? Part I

    This is the first of a two-part series on the decline of plant societies and garden clubs. Tomorrow, Scott Beuerlein explains how to dig out of the hole.   Many of us who garden, and who benefit from garden group gatherings, have kept quiet about the decline...

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Posted by on December 28, 2016 at 7:38 am   This post has 16 responses.

A Plea for Trees

A friend of mine, pissed off with the continuing loss of Louisville’s trees, emailed me yesterday, after reading the front page of Louisville’s Courier-Journal. She stripped off the bark. “You know what I say to myself every time I step outdoors? I sure wish they would mow down a...

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Posted by on December 13, 2016 at 10:39 am   This post has 3 responses.

Disaster in the Smokies

A national park since 1926, the Great Smokies at times seem overshadowed by the spectacular parks of the west: Zion, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone. In fact, a list I saw of the best national parks only includes one park in the eastern US: Acadia. I visited this park a...

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Posted by on December 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm   This post has 5 responses.

Fresh from the farm? Not always a guarantee.

I love Thanksgiving. I love cooking the meal so much, that, though we’re always invited to friends, I buy a turkey and all the fixings anyway and cook it the next day. The ritual of mixing stuffing, wrangling the slippery bird, adding too much butter to the mashed potatoes,...

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Posted by on November 24, 2016 at 11:00 am   This post has 7 responses.

My Tiny Oak Forest

  The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. –Ralph Waldo Emerson I’m not giving into global warming or to Donald Trump. I’m planting acorns. I won’t live to see my oaks grow into a thick forest canopy, but time’s a wasting. Regardless of the president-elect’s head-in-the-sand...

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Posted by on November 16, 2016 at 7:20 am   This post has 9 responses.

Kentucky’s Ark Encounter Stalled in Dry Dock

  The re-creation of Noah’s ark, sitting in dry dock, six miles from Dry Ridge, Kentucky, looks like a gargantuan Pez dispenser laid on its side. The ark sits in the distance across a dry lake meant to be symbolic of the Biblical flood, but the lake doesn’t hold...

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Posted by on October 26, 2016 at 7:05 am   This post has 17 responses.

Are You Afraid of Gardens and Nature?

Most of us know that gardens and nature are good for us. And good for our children, too. Dirt is healthy for kids, but forcing them outdoors does not work the way it once did. Baby boomers, as youngsters, got kicked out of the house after breakfast. We weren’t...

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Posted by on October 12, 2016 at 7:50 am   This post has 11 responses.

How I Became a Landscape Reformer

Today’s Guest Rant comes from Leslie Nelson Inman, an Adjunct English Instructor at Mercer University and Georgia Tech who is currently taking some time off to write a book. Leslie educated herself about environmental issues and has become passionate about spreading information and solutions widely via social media. Here’s...

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Posted by Leslie Nelson Inman on September 21, 2016 at 6:41 am   This post has 24 responses.

Oh, how sweet—they’re getting married!

  In case you hadn’t heard, two of the biggest Big Ag and Big Chem firms—St. Louis-based Monsanto and Germany’s Bayer (pronounced buyer)—are merging, with Bayer making the acquisition. It’s gigantic news for farmers, but these companies are big players at garden centers as well. Here’s the PR for...

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Posted by on September 15, 2016 at 8:28 am   This post has 5 responses.

Benefits of Drought

It’s official: the “U.S. Drought Monitor”, a site co-sponsored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, lists southwestern Massachusetts, where I do most of my gardening, as locked in a severe drought. The withered crops in my vegetable garden...

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Posted by on August 15, 2016 at 10:43 am   This post has 17 responses.

Cornell on Lawn Care: Do Less!

Lawns have been attacked for some years now, with claims that they require obscene amounts of water, fertilizers, pesticides, and gas-guzzling mowing, so of course the only responsible thing to do is to get rid of it all, right? But lawns are so useful they’ll always be with us,...

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Posted by on August 12, 2016 at 7:11 am   This post has 9 responses.

What Part of GMO Don’t You Understand?

  A few of you may still have doubts about global warming, even though the overwhelming scientific evidence says it’s a no-brainer. Regardless, some dissenters will say the argument for global warming is based on crap science Comedian Andy Borowitz wrote a satirical piece for the New Yorker, called...

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Posted by on August 10, 2016 at 6:57 am   This post has 22 responses.

Calling long range forecasting on its BS

He had me at “silly on weather.” A retired, Buffalo-based, 30-year broadcaster and longtime meteorologist,  Don Paul still contributes occasionally to the local paper with smart articles like this one. Reading them is so much more interesting than looking at some guy (or gal) standing in front of an...

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Posted by on June 29, 2016 at 7:26 am   This post has 6 responses.

The Greatest of All Time and the Meadow

  Muhammad Ali was laid to rest in my hometown on June 10th. Tens of thousands lined the city streets for a 19-mile motorcade processional that led from his childhood home on Grand Avenue to Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery. 20,000 filled the Yum Center for a memorial service that...

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Posted by on June 22, 2016 at 6:31 am   This post has 7 responses.

Solitude and Nature

Do we need to use all of our senses to truly connect with a natural place? I recently hiked several miles of strenuous, steep trail into one of Utah’s glorious national parks, then stopped just shy of the payoff (a natural stone bridge) because a score of other people...

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Posted by on June 1, 2016 at 1:22 am   This post has 11 responses.

God, Guns and Gardens

I’ve run myself ragged the last few weeks. Kentucky has had the most beautiful spring I can remember. May has been rainy and cool. Blooms went on forever. The weeds got ahead of me, yet chiggers and heat didn’t crash my spring party. But it became harder to avoid...

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Posted by on May 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm   This post has 15 responses.