Designs, Tricks, and Schemes
Seen on the Landscape Architect Network. Click here for the other 9. Also seen at the Landscape Architect Network is this T-shirt. A little sensitive, are we?
Posted by Susan Harris on December 3, 2013 at 8:39 am. This post has 10 responses.
But is it Art?
A lot of us gardening addicts think we live in our own little particularized universe, isolated by our allegiance to perennials, seeds, bulbs, vines, compost, mulch, pruners, trowels, and topsoil. Nobody we know cares about gardening as much as we do. I know I feel that way. That’s why,...
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on December 2, 2013 at 9:05 am. This post has 3 responses.
But is it Art?
I recently ventured to Virginia to a place I’d never been before – the Pentagon Memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Its design by two young architects had been selected in a heated international competition by a group that included family members of the victims, as...
Posted by Susan Harris on November 29, 2013 at 11:01 am. This post has 9 responses.
Everybody's a Critic, It's the Plants, Darling, Real Gardens
I am ruining the world. Because I like pretty plants. Because I practice the dubious art of ornamental gardening. Yes – I admit it. I have planted non-native exotic species in my garden. I have planted them in gardens of others. I am one of those thoughtless, arrogant gardeners...
Posted by Ivette Soler on November 27, 2013 at 1:07 am. This post has 131 responses.
Eat This, Ministry of Controversy
It’s ironic that by far the largest and most beautiful garden catalogs I receive are for the smallest commodities. And some might find it sad that I never buy any of these small items. Seeds are really cheap for all they can deliver, and nobody celebrates the glory of...
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on November 25, 2013 at 8:56 am. This post has 4 responses.
Gardening on the Planet, Lawn Reform
Readers may remember this post announcing a forthcoming lawn education program at the National Arboretum financed entirely by the turf industry. (Scroll down here to see the funders). Well, it’s now a reality, with the official ground-breaking event last week, and I’m more concerned than ever. Though I’m a...
Posted by Susan Harris on November 22, 2013 at 9:47 am. This post has 2 responses.
Eat This, Ministry of Controversy
If the FDA’s proposed food safety regulations go through, the use of animal manure on farms over a certain size, or which supply food to supermarkets, will be severely limited. According to this NPR story (and I am sure it has appeared in other news outlets), when farmers spread...
Posted by Elizabeth Licata on November 21, 2013 at 9:38 am. This post has 25 responses.
But is it Art?, CRRRITIC
Not the kind that goes on your finger. We’re talking boulders here, folks. Specifically, one large boulder in the middle of a lawn. What’s up with that? What statement is it making? Is it being displayed as a natural sculpture? Is it being used to add a little textural...
Posted by Evelyn Hadden on November 20, 2013 at 2:31 am. This post has 24 responses.
Google “lawn mower guy” and you’ll find dozens of stories about Chris Cox, shown here mowing around the Lincoln Memorial. He became a local and national hero when he single-handedly mowed around memorials during the recent government shutdown. Worried about public safety and vandalism at the monuments, at first...
Posted by Susan Harris on November 15, 2013 at 9:04 am. This post has 14 responses.
Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, Guest Rants
Enjoy a photo-travelogue by our guest Rob Cardillo! This past October, I was lucky enough to attend Japan’s fourth annual Gardening World Cup set in Huis Ten Bosch – a slightly surreal, Dutch-inspired theme park complete with canals, windmills and stroopwafels. Invited by the sponsors to come see one...
on November 14, 2013 at 7:41 am. This post has 6 responses.
They arrived in cars, vans, and buses from all over the United States. The National FFA Organization (formerly The Future Farmers of America) came to Louisville in late October for their annual convention. Nearly 50,000 thousand boys and girls swarmed the city, decked out in perma-press white shirts, neckties...
Posted by Allen Bush on November 13, 2013 at 7:20 am. This post has 6 responses.
Guest Rants, Taking Your Gardening Dollar
I never liked Japanese barberry shrubs anyway. They do not have pretty flowers. They smell bad, as in, cat urine bad. They have vicious thorns that really hurt whenever I tried to prune them or to weed in their vicinity. I never could understand why folks planted them. So last year, armed with...
on November 11, 2013 at 8:10 am. This post has 21 responses.
Hey folks! I’m headed back to Denver this weekend for the Douglas County Library’s Books, Bites, and Brews event. I’m going to give a little botany lesson on margaritas and you’ll get to drink a very well-made specimen. Don’t you feel smarter already? And in other news–The Drunken Botanist...
Posted by Amy Stewart on November 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm. This post has Comments Off.
Gardening on the Planet, What's Happening
My former hometown, the leftie enclave of Takoma Park, Maryland, has made big news, y’all! Since passing the Safe Grow Zone Act last summer it became the first town in the U.S. to outlaw lawn pesticides on not just public but also private land. Some jurisdictions – in Connecticut,...
Posted by Susan Harris on November 8, 2013 at 7:57 am. This post has 16 responses.
Everybody's a Critic, Guest Rants
Guest Rant by Wendy Kiang-Spray I am not an arborist. Nor am I a landscape architect, city planner, neighborhood developer, or anything of the sort. This is why I’m so confused about the planting of large trees under phone and power lines. Throughout my neighborhood, these trees grow so...
on November 7, 2013 at 8:10 am. This post has 13 responses.