Contribute to Landscape for Life

Yes, I'm plugging the new Landscape for Life – the homeowner's version of the Sustainable Sites Initiative – yet again.  But this time it's to encourage you to send them your suggestions for additions or revisions – to webmaster@landscapeforlife.org  Author Janet Marinelli assures me that it's very much a work in progress and they welcome […]

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Posted by on November 28, 2010 at 5:33 am   This post has 4 responses.

The EPA has it in for your lawn

Speaking of lawns, check out the big story in today's Post about EPA going after the pollutants that people dump on their lawns.  Also, probably requiring that homeowners and developers retain stormwater on site, or slow it down a lot.  There's talk of daylighting waterways that are now tunneled. ...

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Posted by on November 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm   This post has 9 responses.

Landscape for Life – a Review

  Remember the Sustainable Sites Initiative?  It set eco-standards for landscapes the way LEED does for buildings, and was a collaborative project of the U.S. Botanic Garden, Johnson Wildflower Center and ASLA.  This post about it included the good news that a homeowner version was in the works –...

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Posted by on November 8, 2010 at 5:52 am   This post has 15 responses.

I think that I shall never see

We use an online form to request trees from the varieties offered, but this one is sort of faked; these addresses really do not need trees. But you have to give an address to get a tree. Yesterday was tree-planting day in the neighborhood, fall edition, and it had...

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Posted by on November 7, 2010 at 6:40 am   This post has 10 responses.

Blog Action Day Posts on Water

No, we haven't forgotten what day it is.  First up, I've written a quick post for Blog Action Day about simple lawn care advice, plus some corporate research about Scotts Miracle-Gro. Yes, I'm going there again. Then I found some nice photos of rain gardens for a garden center...

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Posted by on October 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Blog Action Day 2010 Tackles Water

It's that time of year again, when bloggers all over the world write about a single topic that maybe needs more attention, and this year it's a big one for gardeners – water.  Here's a blurb from their website that got my attention: The average American uses 159 gallons...

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Posted by on October 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Review and Give-away: Energy-Wise Landscape Design

UPDATE:  Ramble-On Rose wins the book – congratulations!  The random number generator said "16" and her comment is the 16th.  Thanks to everyone for playing, and for your great comments. A furniture and harpsicord maker in rural Massachusetts takes up the study of landscape design, establishes a residential practice,...

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Posted by on August 2, 2010 at 3:23 am   This post has 58 responses.

41 parks closing in New York

Original photo by John Stoneman.   And unbelievably, yesterday, the very same day the governor closed them, he attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new section of Hudson River Park in Manhattan that had apparently long been scheduled. “It pains me,” he commented. It may pain him (I doubt...

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Posted by on May 18, 2010 at 4:50 am   This post has 14 responses.

There’s always a guy

Or a gal. Behind almost every grand old building, park, or, in this case, nature preserve, there are one or two people who lead the fight to bring a fading treasure back to life and ensure its longevity.  I’ve watched many a preservation battle here in Western New York—and...

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Posted by on March 14, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 2 responses.

The EPA’s good move on pesticides

Think that pesticide makers should be required to list not just the so-called "active ingredients" in their products but also the inert ones – like those recently found to be potentially more harmful in Roundup than the glophosate itself?  Then head on over to the EPA to tell them...

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Posted by on January 3, 2010 at 9:46 am   This post has 2 responses.

The White House Grounds are Greening

Now I'm as happy as the next gardener about all the kitchen-garden news coming out of the White House this year.  Mrs. O's laser-like focus on healthy eating is right-on – nothing's more important than that. Okay, I've said all that; now I'll return to my usual schtick –...

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Posted by on December 14, 2009 at 5:07 am   This post has 5 responses.

Sustainable Sites Folks say “Landscapes Give Back!”

Finally, after four years in the  making, the Sustainable Sites Initiative's rating system for design, construction and maintenance of sustainable landscapes was announced this week at the U.S. Botanic Garden in D.C. It's a rating system for any site at all – not just around buildings or throughout residential...

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Posted by on November 9, 2009 at 3:39 am   This post has 10 responses.

Blog Action Day takes on Climate Change

Today's the day that thousands of bloggers around the world are writing about climate change, then finding the links to their posts listed on the BAD website.  But here at Garden Rant we've been all over this topic for years, so we'll take this opportunity to put the posts...

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Posted by on October 15, 2009 at 3:44 am   This post has 16 responses.

Coming Soon, Blog Action Day Tackles Climate Change

It's that time of year again when thousands of bloggers post about the same subject on the same day – always October 15 – and bring gobs of attention to the issue.  First they addressed the environment, then poverty, and for 2009 the subject is one that gardeners deal...

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Posted by on October 5, 2009 at 4:33 am   This post has 4 responses.

In CA it’s always about the water

California is surely not the only part of the U.S. where water shortages are an issue, but the distribution of water there is historically controversial with a lengthy and diverse oeuvre of films, photography, and literature to accompany it. (Chinatown is one of my favorites.)  So it’s no surprise...

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Posted by on August 21, 2009 at 9:35 am   This post has 10 responses.

Greenmap your city

My next report on Richmond's urban gardening conference is from the workshop titled "Urban Gardening and Greening for a Robust Economy".  It included Meghan Gough, who teaches urban and regional planning, and she pumped me up on the value of Greenmaps in helping to revive cities and the neighborhoods...

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Posted by on August 20, 2009 at 4:39 am   This post has 4 responses.

A tale of two cities

This tiny demo green roof was completed for a Buffalo Show House project. Photo Buffalo Rising/Queenseyes A story about Spokane and Seattle illustrates the dichotomy inherent in making sustainability part of city planning. When he was mayor of Spokane in 2001, John Powers proposed a green roof for Spokane’s...

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Posted by on August 5, 2009 at 8:23 am   This post has 11 responses.

Justin Timberlake – Champion of the Low-Impact Golf Course

Who knew?  I've gotta read more TMZ, I guess.  But his Mirimichi course recently opened and we learn that it "implemented sustainable resource management principles that incorporate wildlife conservation, habitat rehabilitation and enhancement, water conservation, and water quality protection."  It's also the first golf course in the US to...

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Posted by on August 4, 2009 at 6:25 am   This post has 5 responses.

Gardener’s Scourge

The New York Times has an interesting discussion of Lyme disease this week–mostly interesting for how few answers it offers.   Opossums as tick eliminators is intriguing.  However, there are surely many other warm succulent creatures in the woods that ticks feed on that are less good at biting them...

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Posted by on July 29, 2009 at 8:35 am   This post has 7 responses.

Help get lawn pesticide documentary seen

Centered on the small town of Hudson, Quebec, the first municipality in North America to ban common lawn and garden pesticides nearly two decades ago, the 80-minute film explores a landmark case decided in the Canadian Supreme Court in 2001. After the Court’s 9-0 verdict against the billion-dollar lawn...

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Posted by on July 27, 2009 at 5:34 am   This post has 15 responses.
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