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Shut Up and Dig

Management, Not Maintenance

Last Monday I went to Plantorama at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a sort of jobs fair, symposium and reunion all rolled into one that is a must for any horticulturist in the New York area in January. Serious gardeners – whether novices or veterans — are also, of course,...

Posted by on February 6, 2017 at 7:48 am.   This post has 11 responses.
Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, Gardening on the Planet

Designer Puts Tallamy’s Advice into Practice

New England-area garden designer Matthew Cunningham will be speaking in Silver Spring, Maryland for the local chapter of APLD on Saturday February 11 from 10 to noon. His topic: “Stone, Wood, & Metal in Landscape Design.” (Reserve a spot here.) To bring attention to his talk, we were offered...

Posted by on February 3, 2017 at 8:39 am.   This post has 9 responses.
Watch Someone Else Do It

Garden Videos can Teach or Distract

The February update from Good Gardening Videos starts with the news, then recommends 16 new or newly-discovered videos. Some have no point other than to entertain – so we thank them for the distraction. NEWS: GGVideos Welcomes Nonprofit Supporters The missions of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and Kids...

Posted by on February 1, 2017 at 2:01 pm.   This post has 2 responses.
Ministry of Controversy

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...

Posted by on January 31, 2017 at 10:07 am.   This post has 24 responses.
Who's Ranting About Us

A Fond Farewell to Evelyn Hadden

After three years as a regular GardenRanter, Evelyn Hadden has retired from blogging to concentrate on her music. Her last post was in October but in hopes that she’d change her mind, none of us announced it, or thanked her for her many wonderful posts, which we know readers...

Posted by on January 27, 2017 at 7:26 am.   This post has 11 responses.
Guest Rants, What's Happening

Polar or Bi-Polar? An Honest Assessment of the Winter Garden

     Guest Rant by Scott Beuerlein I am a charlatan and a fraud. Maybe they’re the same thing. I don’t even know. But whatever that thing is, I don’t like it. And “it” is me. And I couldn’t be more disgusted with myself. For years, in talks, articles,...

Posted by Scott Beuerlein on January 25, 2017 at 7:39 am.   This post has 8 responses.
Shut Up and Dig

Just the facts

Alternative facts, that is. If there is any group of people that has learned to accept unpleasant realities—often brought on by natural forces—that group is gardeners. So I’m happy to know that I can devise, twist, and present my own version of gardening facts. Now is the time, before...

Posted by on January 24, 2017 at 9:02 am.   This post has 15 responses.
What's Happening

The Obamas’ New Yard

Part 2 of my Garden-Related Thoughts on Inauguration Day is a look-see the Obamas’ home and garden for at least two years while Sasha finishes high school. Enjoy the whole slide show on Cafe Mom, titled: “It’s no White House but Obama’s new $5.3M Mansion is Still Pretty Freakin’...

Posted by on January 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm.   This post has one response.
Real Gardens

Canada, o Canada

This is part 1 of my garden-related thoughts on Inauguration Day. If, like millions, you’ve been pining for Trudeau-led Canada, picture this. It’s my friend Linda’s new home on Salt Spring Island near Vancouver, and a view from her deck. She moved there last summer (prescient!) after a two-year legal...

Posted by on January 20, 2017 at 7:00 am.   This post has 7 responses.
Watch Someone Else Do It

Farmers Dance. Why not Gardeners?

A farmer dancing in his barn is a recent sensation on Youtube and no wonder – he invokes the Let’s Move campaign and his dancing is very cool to watch. But as a kindred spirit and a gardener, my immediate reaction is – Where are the “Dancing Gardeners” on...

Posted by on January 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm.   This post has 6 responses.
What's Happening

The Heart and Sole(s) of Horticulture

Over 10,000 nursery folks, greenhouse growers, retailers, landscapers, gardeners, designers, plant brokers, teachers, students, writers and gawkers showed up last week at the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS), held annually in Baltimore. Anyone interested in a wide selection of seeds of perennials, alpine species, herbs, or ornamental grasses eventually...

Posted by on January 18, 2017 at 8:58 am.   This post has 11 responses.
Taking Your Gardening Dollar

A trendy wish list for 2017

Not having even looked at any of the usual predictions or surveys regarding general gardening behavior, here is my wishful thinking for the coming year: More six-packs, fewer pricey branded pots I am lucky enough to be able to order interesting new cultivars from the yearly sale our botanical...

Posted by on January 17, 2017 at 9:34 am.   This post has 11 responses.
Public Gardens

New African American Museum’s Landscape

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let’s visit the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, located on the grounds of the Washington Monument. The critically praised building is the work of Tanzania-born, London-based architect David Adjaye. I see from his firm’s website that he’s about to...

Posted by on January 13, 2017 at 9:49 am.   This post has 3 responses.
It's the Plants, Darling

Butterfly weed—why not

Many of you have heard that 2017’s “Perennial Plant of the Year” is Asclepias tuberosa/butterfly weed. It’s not a surprising choice—attention to attracting and supporting pollinators, especially butterflies, especially monarchs, has been peaking for the past few years and shows no sign of declining. A good thing. Normally, I...

Posted by on January 11, 2017 at 9:51 am.   This post has 10 responses.
It's the Plants, Darling, Real Gardens

Robinson Crusoe’s Ten Favorite Perennials

  It’s the dead of winter, and you might be wishing you were stranded—with amenities—on a desert island with Robinson Crusoe. But Robinson Crusoe is not on a desert island. He is stuck in Kentucky. Crusoe is not afraid of cannibals or mutineers, but he is tired of scraping...

Posted by on January 9, 2017 at 8:10 am.   This post has 7 responses.