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Postcards From The Edge – DROUGHT

I have lived through drought before, but I have never seen anything like what I am witnessing now. I live in what is usually called an “up and coming” community – this is one of those places where artists and musicians come to raise their families, and before the drought, it looked like an adorable […]

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Posted by on August 27, 2014 at 10:05 am   This post has 43 responses.

A Growing Trend in the U.S.: Food Forests

Upstart food forests — designed landscapes incorporating perennial and woody plants that produce food — are popping up around the US, inspired no doubt by Seattle’s new Beacon Hill Food Forest as well as successful older sites including Mercy Emily Edible Park on 18 vacant lots in Philadelphia and...

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Posted by on July 16, 2014 at 2:01 am   This post has 12 responses.

What’s New and Old at Longwood Gardens

On my way to  David Culp’s garden I naturally stopped at Longwood Gardens, which I somehow hadn’t visited in at least a decade.  So, what’s new? Treehouses! Three of them, and they’re grand like this one or smaller and funky.  Love ‘em! Above and below are the much newer...

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Posted by on June 7, 2013 at 11:17 am   This post has 13 responses.

More on the sustainability of federal landscapes

I was pretty excited to report on new guidelines for sustainable federal properties, but wondered how enforceable these guidelines are and promised to try to find out more.  I did.  It's a bit discouraging.  I talked with Ray Mims, the point guy on pulling together input from 31 agencies...

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Posted by on March 27, 2012 at 5:56 am   This post has 7 responses.

White House Garden!

Never having taken a White House Garden tour before, I was expecting long lines and lots of hassles, but instead was greeted with the sound of this military band, and NO line at all (thanks to early arrival).  Other symptoms of a very happy experience included welcoming staff and...

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Posted by on October 18, 2010 at 6:02 am   This post has 8 responses.

Grounds for Improvement

A guest rant by Mary Gray.  Observe, if you will, your local public school.  Not the inside.  No, take a look at what’s going on outside — on the school grounds.  Pretty much nothing, right?  Oh, there are the large expanses of patchy grass serving no purpose whatsoever —...

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Posted by on September 1, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 34 responses.

Big White House Flower Story

Michelle Obama's Favorite Flowers for Arrangements  This story is packed with juicy nuggets for us gardeners: The floral preferences of the Obamas. White House Floral Designer Laura Dowling's "garden" style.  It's more relaxed, with lots of unexpected touches. The exciting Top Florist-type competition for the job. The role of...

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Posted by on July 2, 2010 at 7:08 am   This post has 3 responses.

“Governor’s mansion model of ecological sustainability”

That's the title of Mackenzie Carpenter's great piece in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the gubernatorial gardens in Harrisburg.  Nice to see some well-earned kudos for the horticultural team taking this high-profile garden very seriously and setting a great example for Pennsylvanians. I wrote about the gardens here for Green...

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Posted by on August 1, 2009 at 5:32 am   This post has 3 responses.

Good Gubernatorial Gardening in Harrisburg (and it’s almost there)

Forgot old-style, formal landscaping for the governor's grounds in Harrisburg, PA; they're way cooler than that, as you can see by these photos.  The 3.5 acre-site have been transformed by two serious gardeners – Tom and Michele Ridge.  Working with a 12-person committee of experts, they transitioned the landscape...

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Posted by on June 15, 2009 at 10:35 am   This post has 5 responses.

Addendum: Sorting out our governors and their gardens or the lack thereof

Just got home from the gardenblogger event in Chicago and find that I need to say a bit more about the previous post. - I think it would be great if all governors had veg gardens, but the mission of Green the Grounds is to draw attention to all...

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Posted by on June 1, 2009 at 1:10 pm   This post has 6 responses.

Governors climbing on the veg-growing bandwagon. Is that all?

Here's what we know so far about governors' residences: Funny story about Texas. An Eat the View enthusiast rallied some friends and created a website to petition Governor Perry to follow Michelle Obama's lead, only to discover that Texas has had a veg garden at the governor's mansion since...

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Posted by on June 1, 2009 at 4:01 am   This post has 10 responses.

Ohio Governor’s Grounds – Greenest of all?

What a difference one First Lady can make – and not just if she’s in the White House.  Hope Taft was Ohio’s First Lady from 1999 to 2007 and took the opportunity to totally transform the 3.5-acre landscape around the governor’s mansion.  Here’s what’s tucked into what became Ohio’s...

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Posted by on April 22, 2009 at 3:42 am   This post has 7 responses.

Announcing Green the Grounds.org
And calling for Blog Posts on Earth Day

Alice Waters pestered one president after another to start a veg garden at the White House and, with help from Michael Pollan and the tireless Roger Doiron and his amazing Eat the View campaign, she finally got her wish.  So now there's not just a White House veg garden...

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Posted by on April 2, 2009 at 4:09 am   This post has 20 responses.

The greening of U.S. government grounds, worldwide

Gardeners and foodies, great news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture!  On the 200th birthday  of Abe Lincoln – he founded the USDA, ya know – Secretary Vilsack "broke concrete" on a People's Garden at their headquarters in downtown D.C.  One part of the project is returning 1,250 square...

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Posted by on February 21, 2009 at 4:00 am   This post has 13 responses.

More on Greening the White House

Asked when Obama said he wanted to green the White House, I did one quick Googling to find this article about that interview – with Barbara Walters.  He kinda says yes, but then only talks about energy use.  But this looks interesting – there’s a "Greening the White House...

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Posted by on December 16, 2008 at 8:41 am   This post has 13 responses.

At the White House, it’s time to Green the View!

Kudos to the Eat the View project that's petitioning the Obamas to grow a Victory Garden at the White House.  Led by Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International and including Michael Pollan and the good folks at Gardeners Supply Company, Eat the View has gotten gobs of publicity for...

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Posted by on December 16, 2008 at 5:04 am   This post has 27 responses.
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