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    Contrasting Gardens in Pittsburgh

    I’m home from visiting Pittsburgh, where I attended the big Garden Writers Symposium, and thankfully I returned with a few photos to post here.  (After posting here for eight years this summer I’m thrilled to find anything new to write about.) First up, a study in contrasts starts with the...

    Posted by on August 14, 2014 at 3:43 pm.   This post has 18 responses.
    Taking Your Gardening Dollar, Unusually Clever People, What's Happening

    Where’s the Wow? The Green Industry Takes Stock.

    Garden suppliers’ sights are set on next spring. Last month, representatives from nurseries, greenhouses, independent garden centers and even Big Box Stores loaded up their cars, vans and trucks, heading to two vastly different Ohio trade summer shows. Cultivate ’14, in Columbus, is the biggest North American trade show,...

    Posted by on August 13, 2014 at 6:37 am.   This post has 37 responses.
    Everybody's a Critic, It's the Plants, Darling


    All I could think about was how defenseless—even pathetic—the flowers looked in their little bud vases. As I walked among them, they presented a bewildering array of colors and shapes—spheres, spikes, sprays, buds, gnarly tangles, full blooms. And then there were mixed containers of herbs and even a few...

    Posted by on August 12, 2014 at 9:52 am.   This post has 12 responses.
    What's Happening, Who's Ranting About Us

    Pinterest tells us what you like

    Hey, bloggers among you, have you ever checked to see which of the photos you’ve published are pinned to readers’ Pinterest boards?  It’s kinda fun, and here’s how.  For this blog I went to: www.pinterest.com/source/gardenrant.com.   You get the idea. Pinterest only displays the most recent but I’ve been checking...

    Posted by on August 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm.   This post has 10 responses.
    Everybody's a Critic, Lawn Reform, Real Gardens

    The Patience of a Gardener

    Recently we’ve hosted lively discussions here at Garden Rant about spending gobs of money on our gardens, choosing native over non-native plants, and to what extent gardens are art. To me, there is a more personal and pertinent issue at stake with regard to America’s current horticultural practices: how...

    Posted by on August 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm.   This post has 40 responses.
    It's the Plants, Darling, Ministry of Controversy

    On natives—we’re all alright

    There’s no more surefire way to get everybody all riled up on this site than to talk about native plants—whether or not to use them, how much to use them, who is too obsessed with them, who isn’t obsessed enough, where they work best, and where they work worst....

    Posted by on August 5, 2014 at 7:30 am.   This post has 29 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, Real Gardens

    Garden Affluence in Another Era

    While here at GardenRant the hot topic was rich people’s gardens,  love ‘em or hate ‘em, I was strolling the garden of one of the super-rich – Marjorie  Merriweather Post (as in Post Cereals). Here’s the very grand mansion, named Hillwood, filled with Russian imperial art (including Fabergé Eggs) and...

    Posted by on August 1, 2014 at 7:20 am.   This post has 22 responses.
    Everybody's a Critic, Real Gardens, Taking Your Gardening Dollar, Uncategorized

    Gardening Under The Affluence

      I’m getting a little uncomfortable with something, and I’d like the Ranting World to let me know if I’m on point or totally off the mark. As I look through magazines and design blogs, I see fancy gardens everywhere. Industries are colluding to make us desire an outdoor...

    Posted by on July 29, 2014 at 9:38 pm.   This post has 112 responses.
    Everybody's a Critic, Garden Walk Buffalo

    Observations of the toured

    As many Rant readers must know by this time, in Buffalo we have a yearly free garden tour called Garden Walk. Started in 1995 by two urban gardeners who wanted to show how verdant city living could be, the walk has grown to include close to 400 gardens, and...

    Posted by on July 28, 2014 at 7:52 am.   This post has 10 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, Science Says

    How to Grow Bluebirds

    Last Friday I rode shotgun through the Beltsville Ag Research Center in Marcia van Horn’s Ranger as she checked on some of her 175 nesting boxes for bluebirds and tree swallows, with the occasional chickadee, titmouse, wrens or nuthatches taking advantage of the accommodations. Nest boxes were first installed on the 6,700-acre property...

    Posted by on July 25, 2014 at 6:49 am.   This post has 7 responses.
    Real Gardens, What's Happening

    More Foreign Invaders: Possums on the Half Shell

      Robyn Brown, a Nashville buddy and talented gardener, told me last week that her garden is under siege by armadillos. I was all ears. The nine-banded armadillos are rooting around her garden like little armored feral pigs. These foreign invaders arrived in Western Kentucky over twenty years ago....

    Posted by on July 23, 2014 at 6:39 am.   This post has 10 responses.
    Eat This, Guest Rants

    Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Compost?

    Guest Rant by Amy Campion  If we gardeners agree on anything, it’s that compost is wonderful stuff.  We can never have enough of it.  We make it ourselves in heaps and bins and barrels, and we ask for more of it on our birthdays.  Compost makes clay soil loosen...

    Posted by Amy Campion on July 22, 2014 at 8:05 am.   This post has 20 responses.
    Everybody's a Critic, Gardening on the Planet

    One size fits all?

    What do St. Cloud, Minnesota and Westerly, Rhode Island have in common? Westerly is a seaside community in southern Rhode Island; St Cloud lies in central Minnesota and is bisected by the Mississippi river. Summers and winters are more moderate in Westerly; winter temperatures fall to greater depths in...

    Posted by on July 21, 2014 at 9:07 am.   This post has 17 responses.
    Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, It's the Plants, Darling

    Garden Coaching by Rainer

    Landscape architect/blogger Thomas Rainer is one of my favorite designers, something I may have mentioned before on this blog.   Gardenblogger Margaret Roach is a Rainer fan, too.  She sought him out for an interview on her podcast, and it’s terrific.  (Transcript here.) My favorite bits are toward the end, when Thomas...

    Posted by on July 18, 2014 at 8:09 am.   This post has 21 responses.
    Eat This, Green the Grounds, What's Happening

    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...

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