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    Don’t go see “A Little Chaos” for the gardens

    A movie about the gardens of Versailles starring Kate Winslet opens today! Imagine my excitement when one of the many publicists who contacted me about it invited me to a free screening. It’s titled A Little Chaos and here’s the synopsis: “A romantic drama following Sabine, a talented landscape designer, who is...

    Posted by on June 26, 2015 at 7:54 am.   This post has 22 responses.
    Uncategorized

    Tales From the Droughtside or THE DROUGHTPOCALYPSE!!!

    It is pretty bad out here, folks. People seem to be using the drought as an excuse to GIVE UP. Clothed in the the dry, tattered, unwashed rags of self-righteousness (they only run their washing machines once a month), they zealously save water, and they let their yards go...

    Posted by on June 24, 2015 at 12:36 pm.   This post has 25 responses.
    Gardening on the Planet, Real Gardens

    Natives and invasives—observations from Toronto

    On the first day of our Toronto garden exploration, we spent an hour or so in High Park, the city’s largest public park. It features 399 acres of public space, including picnic areas, a playground, formal and informal gardens, an ornamental lake, and a mini-zoo, but we spent our...

    Posted by on June 23, 2015 at 9:17 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    Real Gardens

    Gardens and gardening on tiny Toronto Islands

    My favorites of all the gardens we saw on the Gardenblogger Fling in Toronto weren’t grand – anything but. They were the small funky ones on the just-offshore islands known collectively as Toronto Islands, which we reached by ferry. We toured gardens on two residential islands – Ward’s and Algonquin, and I might have...

    Posted by on June 19, 2015 at 8:48 am.   This post has 12 responses.
    Ministry of Controversy

    What’s a “Relentlessly Gay” yard?

    To a self-described Christian in the Baltimore area, it’s having colorful candles. Rainbow-colored candles. They’re what moved a “Concerned Home Owner” to complain in this note to the offending neighbor. Homeowner Julie Baker is responding by going even MORE relentless and to raise money to do that, she started...

    Posted by on June 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm.   This post has 47 responses.
    Gardening on the Planet, What's Happening

    Nature Corridors Boost Failing Wildlife Populations

    Doug Tallamy is one of my heroes. He is a visionary thinker with the ability to tie together disparate bits of information — research results, personal observations, known scientific facts — into powerful calls for action that guide us toward living within nature, rather than continuing to segregate ourselves...

    Posted by on June 17, 2015 at 6:19 am.   This post has 10 responses.
    Real Gardens, Unusually Clever People

    “Nature rewards the bold”

    The quote comes from the last words of a recent essay by Umberto Pasti in the New York Times. Many of you will also recognize his inspiration—Fortune favors the brave, a Latin proverb that’s been used as the motto of regiments, clans, battleships, and many other entities. However you say...

    Posted by on June 16, 2015 at 8:38 am.   This post has 11 responses.
    What's Happening

    Mid-Atlantic Gardeners are invited to Perennial Plant Event

    For years I’ve heard the Perennial Plant Association called one of the best organizations in the plant world, and its yearly symposium the BEST.  This year it’s being held in Baltimore, close to home for me, and I wouldn’t miss it for anything. Local organizer Janet Draper wrote to...

    Posted by on June 15, 2015 at 11:23 am.   This post has no responses.
    Guest Rants, What's Happening

    Get Your Local On with Slow Flowers

    by Debra Prinzing I know you adore flowers as much as I do.  But more than loving flowers, I’m passionate about American grown flowers, a topic I’ve occasionally written about here on Garden Rant. I use the term “Slow Flowers” to define the practice of sourcing flowers locally, one...

    Posted by on June 13, 2015 at 6:21 am.   This post has 2 responses.
    What's Happening

    Gardenblogging and Flinging in 2015

    First, the Gardenblogger Fling happened last weekend in Toronto and was a roaring success.  Thanks again to the local organizes, who created 4+ fabulous days of events and then herded us through it all as patient, unfrazzled hosts who managed to have fun themselves.  That’s Helen Battersby of Toronto Gardens, Lorraine...

    Posted by on June 12, 2015 at 8:50 am.   This post has 9 responses.
    Unusually Clever People, What's Happening

    Mad May: No Fury

    My excitement for wild plants is as far afield from Mad Max: Fury Road as you can imagine. My best botanizing adventures, by comparison, would be more like an open-air My Dinner with Andre. An afternoon with my plant-obsessed compatriots would bore the bejesus out of most Americans or,...

    Posted by on June 10, 2015 at 7:12 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    Lawn Reform, Real Gardens, Tune In

    Strategies for a new age

    It’s not just what’s happening “out west.” Water management of every kind is a huge issue for everybody, so I have been listening and reading with great interest to all that’s happening around water. On Thursday, as I was driving up to Toronto to attend a truncated version of...

    Posted by on June 8, 2015 at 7:40 am.   This post has 6 responses.
    What's Happening

    We’re Flinging in Toronto!

    Waaaay back in 2008 this group of gardenbloggers got together for the first time in Austin for the first Garden Blogger Fling to party and see gardens. No keynotes or break-out sessions in hotel conference rooms. Just fun, networking like crazy, and actually making new friends. No matter that we’re...

    Posted by on June 4, 2015 at 10:38 pm.   This post has one response.
    Shut Up and Dig

    A Better Garden Tiller

    I like the versatility of my BCS two-wheel tractor with all the different implements it can operate, but if I were shopping for a dedicated garden tiller, I would certainly get the new vertical tine model from Troy-Bilt. Properly known as the “Bronco Axis Vertical Tine Garden Tiller,”  this...

    Posted by on June 4, 2015 at 10:27 am.   This post has 4 responses.
    Real Gardens, Shut Up and Dig

    A Tale of Two Mulches

    When I began making this new garden, I was able to get large quantities of bagged leaves and grass clippings free, so I used them to smother the lawn and to mulch around new plants. This year, I found a source of cheap wood chips, so I am employing...

    Posted by on June 3, 2015 at 2:36 am.   This post has 17 responses.