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The Story Ends Well For Heronswood

Heronswood, the revered botanical garden created in Kingston, Washington by plant collector Dan Hinkley and his partner, architect Robert Jones, as an adjunct to the nursery they founded in 1987, was put up for a sealed bid auction last month by its owner of the last 12 years, W. Atlee Burpee & Co. . . […]

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Posted by on July 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm   This post has 15 responses.

It’s Purple! In Which We Test Fabulous Watering Apparatus

Well, we didn’t really test them.  Why?  Because they arrived last fall, after the rain had already started, and by the time we decided we really did have to post a video or do something about them–the rain still had not stopped.  Genevieve Schmidt and I live in a...

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Posted by on June 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm   This post has 114 responses.

My Complete Lack of a Gardening Lifestyle, and How That Means More Free Stuff For You

You may have noticed that GardenRant has been a total swagfest lately, what with all the giveaways of tools and books and other such freebies.  Well, there’s a reason for that:  I’m living in Portland for two months, having temporarily joined the faculty of Portland State University as a...

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Posted by on May 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm   This post has 111 responses.

More Free Stuff From Fiskars

And the Fiskars fun continues.  They have also offered to give you people anUpRoot Weeder, another tool that Gen and I reviewed last year.  If you have a lawn, or some other part of your garden that gets overrun with little annoying weeds, this is the most fun toy ever....

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Posted by on May 2, 2012 at 5:03 am   This post has 89 responses.

What kind of advice are Home Depot’s “Certified Nursery Consultants” giving?

As an unabashed fan of independent garden centers, I enjoy scoffing at their Big Box competitors – the plants, the heavy-on-the-chemicals products, and worst of all, the gardening advice they give to unwitting customers.  But guess what!  According to this announcement, their garden department staff are now getting some training...

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Posted by on May 1, 2012 at 4:14 am   This post has 45 responses.

Fiskars Wants To Give You Stuff, and Who Are We To Stop Them?

Do you remember last year when we reviewed some Fiskars tools and gave a few away?  Remember those PowerGear Loppers?   I wrote about them here, and Gen wrote about them at North Coast Gardening.  Now that I’ve had a pair for a year or so, I can tell you that they...

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Posted by on April 25, 2012 at 5:51 am   This post has 101 responses.

Tell “Hippie Mulch” what you think of it

There’s a new product in the works, and the makers have asked students at the University of St. Thomas  (“one of the most highly renowned business schools in the globe,” they tell me) to research “the best way to get into our consumers minds and figure out what their...

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Posted by on April 24, 2012 at 4:43 am   This post has 52 responses.

Garden Bloggers and Marketers: The State of the Union

Free plants! Which I love! Usually. When, in the course of social media events, it becomes necessary for a group of bloggers to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with a bunch of well-intentioned but sometimes irritating marketing people, and to assume among the powers of the...

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Posted by on April 4, 2012 at 4:07 am   This post has 35 responses.

It’s come to this? Partisan Plants?

From Ball Publishing's Acres Online we received the following press release. Fox, MSNBC Launch Political Plant BrandsLate-breaking news from Spring Trials … Two new plant brands are coming onto the market, and both are aimed at capitalizing on the coming political season. In its first-ever foray into floriculture, Fox...

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Posted by on April 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm   This post has 12 responses.

Do You Houzz?

I have a serious case of “exciting new website launch” fatigue right now. Every day a thrilling new announcement lands in my inbox about some groundbreaking new digital initiative that I absolutely must get in on–now, right now. And I just cannot bring myself to care about any of...

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 at 6:36 am   This post has 7 responses.

What I was tempted to buy at the Philly Flower Show

When I attend the Philadelphia Flower Show I always arrive just as it opens and head straight for the displays and competitions (hopefully before the place gets insanely crowded).  Then it’s time to do some shopping!  Here are the products that caught my eye this year.  So what do...

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Posted by on March 20, 2012 at 4:29 am   This post has 16 responses.

Dear Seed Companies: Please Stop Making It So Damn Hard To Love You.

Just look at this amazing, astonishing, beautiful, very unusual new purple tomato.  Does it not fill your heart with lust?  Do you not want to order one of these RIGHT NOW? What?  You don't see it?  Why is that? Because the seed companies make it so damn hard to...

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 at 11:36 am   This post has 10 responses.

The GardenRant Handmade Gift Extravaganza

It’s time for our annual round-up of handmade garden-related gift ideas, many of them made by our readers.  I offer you this in the spirit of opposing the mass-produced, the deeply-discounted, the imported-and-exported, the plastic, the impersonal, the disposable, and the soon-to-be-obsolete.  This is a good time of year...

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Posted by on December 7, 2011 at 4:57 am   This post has 9 responses.

Garden products from the bad old days

I'm packing up to move, so it's time to decide which of these gardening products I'll be taking with me and which deserve to be sealed tightly at the bottom of a landfill somewhere.  In my defense, I bought most of these 15-25 years ago, before I knew enough...

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Posted by on December 6, 2011 at 5:46 am   This post has 23 responses.

Crafty People: Call for Submissions

  As we have done in years past, we are once again putting out a call for any and all gifty handmade garden-related items that our readers make.   Such as this sweet little hand-carved snail made by California artist Sandra Healy and sold on the wonderful Dirt Couture site,...

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Posted by on November 23, 2011 at 4:57 am   This post has 42 responses.

Bulbs—either you get them or you don’t

If $5, $10, even $25 bulbs have a future, we must be OK. The people who came up with the Dig.Drop.Done. promotional campaign (I posted on this a  couple weeks back) are explaining on the Woodbine agency blog that they avoided showing a lot of flowers. Of course not....

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Posted by on September 26, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 17 responses.

Surveys and their strange results

No wonder everyone loves this plant. Purple is #1. In Greenhouse Management, a gardening trade bulletin I get via email, the September cover story is about who gardening consumers are and what we want. I use the terms “we” advisedly, because with most surveys of this nature I always...

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Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 12 responses.

Please tell me this is a joke

If it isn’t, the ad agency behind this bulb promotion must think women gardeners are gullible to the point of drooling idiocy. Welcome to Dig. Drop. Done. Where women come in 3 sizes: cocktail-swilling sex kitten, cupcake-baking mom, and attention-starved, curler-wearing golf widow. Each of the characters has her...

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Posted by on August 22, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 41 responses.

Speaking of Tomatoes…

I am not a fan of plastic tomato supports, and this proves the point.  I was sent this to try out a few years ago, and I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the company that makes it.  Anyway, I think I did give it...

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Posted by on July 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm   This post has 34 responses.

The garden center industry lost a giant

I'm saddened beyond words to report that Don Riddle, founder of Homestead Gardens and a revered leader of the garden center industry, died this week at the too-young age of 63.  Here's my collection of remembrances about Don on the Homestead blog. (There you'll see references to winning both...

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Posted by on July 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm   This post has 2 responses.
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