Community Gardens: Where “Garden” Becomes the Verb

Here's a guest rant from Chris/Flatbush Gardener  Community garden supporters on the steps of City Hall In New York City, every square inch of space is scrutinized, and land use discussions often devolve into war games. Community gardens, unique uses of open and green space, are not spared such critical examination. NYC’s current generation of […]

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Posted by on September 6, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 17 responses.

Golden interlopers along the Gorge

Here’s a guest rant from Bob Baxter/co-contributor, Fading Into Myth Every April in the Greater Niagara area over 2 million daffodils bloom. This is known as the Festival of Gold because the daffodils are yellow. The origin of the festival is fading into the mists of antiquity (20 years ago?) which...

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Posted by on September 4, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 10 responses.

Public Gardens

Greetings from Maine!  This week, I had the incredible experience of sailing on my friend Tom's Catboat from Somesville Sound to Little Cranberry Island.  I contributed nothing to the sailing endeavor, but I did have a profoundly satisfying nap in the romantic little cabin on the boat.  And then...

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Posted by on August 27, 2010 at 8:49 am   This post has 4 responses.

The Street Gardens of Chicago

What IS it with these northern cities and their appreciation for gardens? We’ve covered Buffalo thoroughly here, and posted photos of Chicago’s Millennium Park especially its Lurie Garden from our Gardenblogger Spring Fling there in 2009.  But what struck me on this visit, in mid-August, were the street gardens…everywhere. ...

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Posted by on August 23, 2010 at 3:01 am   This post has 20 responses.

Popular Mechanics gets Wicked

It’s kind of cool that Popular Mechanics is still around. Friends of mine collect it; in fact, I found all kinds of stuff in the May 1963 issue, including a full report of the effect of classical music on corn plants and cool photos of women in Jackie-O outfits...

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Posted by on August 17, 2010 at 10:00 am   This post has 3 responses.

The Garden of Landcraft’s Dennis Schrader

Landcraft is a Long Island nursery specializing in tropical and green roof plants, and it's the baby of a very cool guy named Dennis Schrader.  And beyond cool is the back garden of his and partner Bill Smith's home next door, images of which you see here from my...

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Posted by on July 24, 2010 at 5:02 am   This post has 8 responses.

In the Washington Post: “Toss the turf.”

There's a great story by Adrian Higgins in today's Washington Post titled "Lose the Lawn" – and look at it on the cover of their Local Living section!  Here's the introductory story, in which Higgins weighs in with his own conclusion on the subject:  "Toss the turf."  (As if...

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Posted by on July 22, 2010 at 9:54 am   This post has 25 responses.

If we grow it, will they come?

Photo by Cheryl Jackson. Here’s a hastily posed question as I prepare my property for this weekend’s onslaught of Garden Walk visitors. Can garden tourism provide a previously unexamined economic boost to cities (like mine) not ordinarily known as tourism destinations? According to a book fellow Buffalo blogger Jim...

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Posted by on July 20, 2010 at 4:52 am   This post has 17 responses.

Shop talk

That’s what a bloggers’ meet-up is good for. Not too many people here in Buffalo really want to hear my pet plant peeves—for very long anyway—but during last weekend’s Buffa10 meet-up, I was able to freely vent with such equally outspoken gardeners/garden writers as Susan Cohen, Michele Owens, and...

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Posted by on July 13, 2010 at 5:32 am   This post has 17 responses.

Performance anxiety

In two days, 70 of YOU will be filing into my garden, with (I am sure) highly critical eyes. It’s not the first time, though; every year I open my garden up to many more people than that—during Garden Walk Buffalo—and, although the common remarks include “very nice,” “beautiful,”...

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Posted by on July 6, 2010 at 4:59 am   This post has 17 responses.

Short Meadows in Santa Barbara

While we're on the subject, take a look at these photos of a lawn replacement project by BIlly Goodnick.  He says this shot above was taken "looking over a border of roses and breath of heaven. I like the juxtaposition of wildness and civility. This photo was snapped before...

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Posted by on July 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm   This post has 5 responses.

Happy Independence Day, with scenes from NY’s Planting Fields

Some of my favorite scenes at Planting Fields Arboretum on Long Island, taken June 7 of this year.   With just a mown strip along the driveway, this meadow could be the answer for public gardens and large landscape of all types – an acceptable and relatively low-maintenance way...

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Posted by on July 4, 2010 at 6:32 am   This post has 5 responses.

A Tale of Two Shrubs

Here is my neighbor Patrick's Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga.' Nice shrub, with flowers like a lacecap hydrangea's…only in spring. And below is my Viburnum sargentii 'Onondaga': Sad, no?  Patrick and I bought our shrubs on sale at exactly the same moment in the fall of 2008, from the same excellent...

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Posted by on May 28, 2010 at 3:05 am   This post has 10 responses.

Christopher Buckley’s Writer’s Shed and Garden

This is the view from the back door of Christopher Buckley’s Washington, D.C. home.  Beyond the pool you see just a glimpse of the author’s home office, center top in this photo. Inside, Buckley’s office.  Notice the “Thank You for Smoking” movie poster on the right. And here’s the...

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Posted by on May 23, 2010 at 12:20 am   This post has 13 responses.

Why I Hate Seed Starting

I do it anyway, because I'm fussy about varieties.  But man, one false move… …like forgetting all your seedlings in a beating rain, and months of babysitting can add up to nothing.

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Posted by on May 14, 2010 at 9:45 am   This post has 17 responses.

Public gardens I have known

 Poppies at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  It used to be that the first public institution I would seek upon arriving in a new city would be the art museum. That was when I was an art critic and curator. Now, though I still tend to focus on museums if...

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Posted by on May 7, 2010 at 10:00 am   This post has 4 responses.

Aquaponics in Buffalo: update

Unfortunately, the local paper does not allow their video to be shared, so you'll need to click on this link to see video of a mature aquaponics system, with its first crop of fish, as well as peppers, asparagus, herbs, and other plants. It's really quite beautiful. Those visiting...

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Posted by on April 27, 2010 at 10:00 am   This post has one response.

Santa Rosa Front Yard Gardens

I'm staying with my parents in Santa Rosa, CA this week.  They live in a lovely neighborhood of bungalows and Victorians.  Every time I visit I see more and more front yard gardens. Many of them have small back yards that are quite shaded over, making the front yard...

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Posted by on April 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm   This post has 10 responses.

Breeding compost (and produce) out of the dead land

 Blighted is actually the correct word, though parts of Buffalo’s East Side looked all but dead on the quiet Saturday morning I stopped by to take another look at the Wilson Street Urban Farm. As I posted last year, this project was finally sanctioned on city-owned land last May. ...

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Posted by on April 6, 2010 at 4:46 am   This post has 6 responses.

Ramona’s garden and other marvels

Except that it isn't really her garden and that these aren't really marvels unless you haven't seen plants growing outside for 4 months. Like a jewel in the relentless tchotchke cacophony that is Old Town San Diego, the Estudillo House actually offers nothing for sale (that I noticed). It...

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Posted by on March 11, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 7 responses.
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