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    But is it Art?, Grab Bag, Shut Up and Dig, Uncategorized

    Seeds Give-Away

    Contest Closed!   “Plant the Seeds, Frame the Art!” When Ken Greene founded the Hudson Valley Seed Library a dozen years ago at the Gardiner (NY) Library, it was the first seed library hosted by any public library in the United States. The concept was that patrons could borrow...

    Posted by on February 1, 2016 at 7:58 am.   This post has 29 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

    Next in Garden Flag-Making: Rit Dyes and Stencils

    I last wrote about finding a crafting coach for my garden flags and trying natural dyes from vegetables for my DYI flags. I confessed that next, I’d be trying artificial dyes (the ubiquitous Rit) because they’re easier, cheaper and much longer-lasting. Best of all, Rit comes in nine colors that...

    Posted by on January 29, 2016 at 8:00 am.   This post has 18 responses.
    Guest Rants, Public Gardens

    Reporting from Iowa

    Guest Rant by Linda Larson, A Traveling Gardener This just in: Iowa has beautiful gardens and parks, with grand trees, roses, hostas, and lakes. Despite the frenzy of Iowa’s political caucuses, happy people are ice skating on the pond in Vander Veer Botanical Park and Conservatory in Davenport. They will...

    Posted by Linda Larson on January 28, 2016 at 6:56 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    What's Happening

    Campaign News from the Des Moines Botanical Garden!

    Still photo from video posted to CarlyforPresident. Well, this doesn’t happen every day, that a field trip by 4- and 5-year-olds to the local botanic garden winds up on national news. But it’s a garden in Iowa, which is swarming with presidential candidates right now, so anything can happen. Including...

    Posted by on January 26, 2016 at 6:22 pm.   This post has 3 responses.
    What's Happening

    There’s an upside to the white stuff

    This post is for my friends and fellow gardeners on the East Coast and elsewhere who were hit by big weather over the weekend. These storms really are events now, as the media element has gotten much more prominent. Named and enthusiastically reported blizzards are here to stay. As...

    Posted by on January 25, 2016 at 9:30 am.   This post has 6 responses.
    What's Happening

    Why I’ve Rejoined Garden Writers

    From left, Ashley Sullivan (GWA deputy exec. director), Louise Clarke (Regional VP of GWA), Maria Ungaro (GWA executive director). I’ve been a fair-weather friend to the Garden Writers Association for as long as I’ve been garden-writing, targeting my complaints at the management firm it paid to run everything. Like many...

    Posted by on January 22, 2016 at 7:49 am.   This post has 20 responses.
    Public Gardens, Real Gardens

    Landscapes with Healing Powers: Video Tribute to Lava Hot Springs

    Occasionally we Ranters pay video tributes to our favorite public gardens, a lovely tradition begun by our own Susan Harris. Here’s a little video ode (videode?) to a sweet destination tucked away in the mountains of southern Idaho, the town of Lava Hot Springs. Hope you will be able...

    Posted by on January 20, 2016 at 6:04 pm.   This post has 3 responses.
    Shut Up and Dig

    Learning to say goodbye—with pleasure

    Death is  part of life, but this  fact is accepted with difficulty and nowhere more so than among gardeners. Perennials should be just that. Shrubs need to be so well chosen and expertly tended that they stand guard in foundation plantings for decades. Bulbs suck unless they come back...

    Posted by on January 19, 2016 at 7:42 am.   This post has 6 responses.
    Gardening on the Planet, Science Says

    GMO Trees

    Some time ago I wrote a post suggesting the need for genetic engineering to endow American trees with resistance to the introduced, non-native pests that are ravaging our forests.   Recently I learned about progress in a project designed to do precisely that. A century ago. the American chestnut was...

    Posted by on January 18, 2016 at 10:57 am.   This post has 10 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

    Dyeing Prayer Flags with Plants, and How I Found a Crafting Coach

    The very day I wrote about Prayer Flags in my Garden, complaining that they only come in primary colors, a neighbor volunteered to help me, writing on Facebook: If I wanted to do this as a craft to match my garden I would go buy some fabric and an...

    Posted by on January 15, 2016 at 7:44 am.   This post has 6 responses.
    Real Gardens, Unusually Clever People

    The Planetary Style and Wisdom of Norris, Clément and Lacy

    We had heavy rains this Christmas season, with eerily warm temperatures in the 60s and 70s. The Salt River was swollen, while winter jasmines and even a few Asian cherries were in full bloom. The Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, delivered on a long-held promise to bloom on Christmas Day....

    Posted by on January 13, 2016 at 7:46 am.   This post has 6 responses.
    Gardening on the Planet

    How about some weird wildflower seeds?

    CONTEST CLOSED!!!!! Before Christmas, my husband and I had dinner with the wildflower queen herself, Miriam Goldberger, and her husband Paul Jenkins. We see them once or twice a year, because their company, Wildflower Farms, based in Coldwater, Ontario, has a Buffalo distribution center. After the events of 9/11/01...

    Posted by on January 12, 2016 at 8:27 am.   This post has 25 responses.
    What's Happening

    Flow Chart for the Gardening Revival

    We love this graphic from garden writer (and activist) C. L. Fornari, the Garden Lady.  What she’s calling the “flow chart for the Gardening Revival” has been shared on garden blogs everywhere and over 1,300 times on Facebook alone.

    Posted by on January 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm.   This post has 2 responses.
    Books, CRRRITIC

    In remembrance of Allen Lacy

    Sometimes a death can spark a renaissance and I am hoping that will be the case with Allen Lacy who died on December 27th at age 80.   I never knew him well – we spoke over the telephone on a number of occasions and I remember running into him...

    Posted by on January 8, 2016 at 7:53 am.   This post has 9 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes

    Are show gardens making us bad gardeners?

    Here’s an interesting debate. Late in December, a post published on the American Society of Landscape Architects website by David Hopman opened an attack on unsustainable, resource/labor-intensive approaches to planting design and plant palettes, particularly in big public gardens. I agree with a lot of the post—after all, Hopman...

    Posted by on January 7, 2016 at 8:00 am.   This post has 20 responses.