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Smart Remarks from the Seasonal Department, or How to Not Get Promoted at the Big Box Retailer

Following years of selling to and then working for independent garden centers and landscapers, I went to work for a mass merchandizer – the seasonal department of Home Depot, the other half of the retail horticulture industry.  It was a great place to try out comedic patter, or just be the bland peon expected, depending […]

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Posted by on August 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm   This post has 22 responses.

How Flora Grubb and an Airport DJ Saved My Soul

I never saw it coming. Flora Grubb, the pioneering urban gardener and style maven, convinced me—to my great relief—that the Millennial Generation is beginning to shop for plants. Meanwhile DJ Juice proved that airports needn’t be a gauntlet of unending insult. I’d never heard of Flora Grubb and might...

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Posted by on July 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm   This post has 12 responses.

Seen at the “OFA Short Course”

Welcome to the business side of gardening – the trade show!  First let’s get the name out of the way first – because what kind of name for a trade show is “OFA Short Course”?  See, it started 85 years ago as the Ohio Florist Association show, but it...

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Posted by on July 26, 2013 at 9:45 am   This post has 9 responses.

Totally Silly?

Like most of humanity, I am a largely inexplicable and highly individual mixture of profligacy and frugality.  I think I should only wear the nicest Italian shoes, which are no longer affordable for the middle class.  So I wait like a cat in the bushes watching a bird, until they...

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Posted by on July 23, 2013 at 6:20 am   This post has 28 responses.

Monday peeves

It was a beautiful weekend and I spent most of it outside weeding, planting, deadheading, and enjoying the scent of oriental lilies. So what do I have to complain about? Not much, just this: A bag of mulch by any other name What’s in this? I like the stuff;...

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Posted by on July 22, 2013 at 8:53 am   This post has 6 responses.

Okay, I Love Columbus!

Invited to visit Columbus during its really big gardening trade show and then shown a fabulous time in their clean, beautiful city, how could I not write good things about it? I’d never taken part in a “press junket” before and planned to decline them – if ever asked...

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Posted by on July 19, 2013 at 12:31 pm   This post has 12 responses.

Won’t get fooled again

Increasingly, entire sectors of the plant world have become invisible to me. They cluster in colorful masses on garden center tables, but I walk by without a glance. When I first started gardening, I thought I was limited only by hardiness zones, and believed every “part sun” claim on...

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Posted by on July 1, 2013 at 8:00 am   This post has 32 responses.

When Master Gardeners Break the Rule and say they’re Master Gardeners

Not long ago we had a lively discussions here (145 comments!) in answer to the question:  What do we think of Master Gardeners?“  Much of the criticism of the MG program was focused on the name, and several commenters opined that “Extension Volunteer” would be more accurate and cause...

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Posted by on April 19, 2013 at 8:27 am   This post has 44 responses.

Capture the lightning

On a recent afternoon, after a day and a half of strenuous garden work, Professor Roush quit working and took a number of photos to convince himself, and all of you, that spring was beginning in Kansas.  I was sidetracked, however, by the quick appearance of a small storm...

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Posted by on April 12, 2013 at 9:03 am   This post has 6 responses.

Armitage makes an app

In the early days of the iPhone, we were ravening for gardening apps.  After a while though, the craving just seemed to go away. I have several theories on that. It could be that our devices have become so essential to the tasks of multi-level communication, social media, mapping,...

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Posted by on April 2, 2013 at 10:06 am   This post has 5 responses.

Susan Morrison’s Incredibly Cool New Garden App

  We here at GardenRant World Headquarters have not had much luck with gardening apps so far.  They seemed so bright and shiny and new and full of promise at first, but then–meh.  The thrill faded quickly, and I didn’t have a single garden app on my iPhone when...

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Posted by on March 15, 2013 at 5:02 am   This post has 8 responses.

Impatiens FAIL—regrets or good riddance?

For the last couple years, I have been reading ominous reports of downy mildew decimating impatiens plants. As most of you know, it’s more than just reports now. It’s real—to the extent that entire plantings of traditional impatiens (impatiens walleriana) have been completely wiped out throughout the United Kingdom,...

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Posted by on February 25, 2013 at 8:00 am   This post has 25 responses.

Here’s what I don’t like about fairy gardens

The desire to create a miniature world makes perfect sense to me.  This is why we have dollhouses, train sets, collections of tiny objects, and boutique dictatorships. Daily life spins out of control on a regular basis—most of us are just trying to keep up, or at least make...

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Posted by on February 19, 2013 at 7:43 am   This post has 23 responses.

A Gardening Boomer’s Equipment Wish-List

Guest Rant by Shenandoah Kepler I’m a Baby Boomer and am told that just as we changed the work environment as we entered it, we’re now changing the nature of retirement and aging. So, have you noticed that you can now go into most big-box hardware stores and find...

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Posted by on February 17, 2013 at 10:24 am   This post has 26 responses.

Discoveries at a Nursery Trade Show

Every January I spend a day at the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) in downtown Baltimore, lured by the people I’ll run into as much as by the actual products and companies on display.  I’ll let others judge whether MANTS lives up to the distinction it claims for itself...

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Posted by on February 9, 2013 at 8:00 am   This post has 9 responses.

Win a bouquet from an American Rose Farm – and keep Valentine’s Day local

by Debra Prinzing  Read on to WIN ONE DOZEN AMERICAN ROSES Post a comment here about why American-grown flowers are important to you! You might just win one dozen gorgeous roses from Oregon or California! We have rose donations from Eufloria Flowers and Peterkort Roses. Two winners will be...

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Posted by on February 7, 2013 at 5:34 am   This post has 90 responses.

What’s new at Wildflower Farms—and a seed giveaway—CONTEST ENDED

THE TEN WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN. THANKS FOR YOUR QUESTIONS, AND THANKS, MIRIAM FOR ANSWERING THEM! Last weekend, the proprietors of Wildflower Farm paid me a visit while on one of their regular Buffalo business trips. Miriam Goldberger and Paul Jenkins’s seed business is located in Coldwater, Ontario, an...

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Posted by on January 14, 2013 at 8:00 am   This post has 100 responses.

Finding the Garden Hose of my Dreams

A big “thank you” to Margaret Roach for recommending a garden hose that’s unlike the many hoses I’ve used and hated over my lifetime of using them.  Even (especially!) the so-called “never kink” variety, which have kinked for me as soon as a month after purchase.  Hated them.  Hated...

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Posted by on January 11, 2013 at 9:43 am   This post has 34 responses.

Loads of Garden-Related eBooks for $1.99

If you’re sitting around in a post-holiday daze, wondering what to load onto the new ereader/tablet/laptop/smartphone you just got over the holidays, I have an answer!  To my delight, my publisher Algonquin has put a ton of ebooks on sale today.  Here’s a list of all the garden/nature titles...

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Posted by on December 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm   This post has 3 responses.

A hose that would have fit into my Christmas stocking

HT to my husband who saw this commercial and brought it to my attention.  We’re getting carpeted with snow by the first real winter storm I’ve seen in a while (last winter barely deserved the name), and I’ve been thinking about the garden.  On my list of projects are:...

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Posted by on December 27, 2012 at 8:00 am   This post has 17 responses.
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