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This is what winter looks like

It’s cold, it’s dreary, and it seems like it will last forever. At least, that’s the reality if you live in the mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Northeastern zones, as many of us do.  It doesn’t bother me much—I’ve lived and gardened through many a snowy season. No biggie and ho-hum. But I appreciate a gardening publication […]

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Posted by on March 25, 2013 at 7:29 am   This post has 3 responses.

Plea from a Plant-Loving Landscape Architect

Michael Van Valkenburgh is one of a few hot-shot landscape architects who’s known for large, high-visibility projects, like his redesign of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House post-9/11.  He landed on my radar thanks to that project, which is local to me.  So I was happy to...

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Posted by on March 22, 2013 at 8:50 am   This post has 21 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.

The Garden Bloggers Fling! Get Over There!

It’s time, people!   The 2013 Garden Bloggers Fling is happening in San Francisco on June 28-30, and registration is open now.  They would really, really, really like you to register by February 1 so they can get going on a head count and make some plans (but you can...

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Posted by on January 26, 2013 at 5:29 am   This post has 2 responses.

woo-woo back atcha, margaret roach

Margaret Roach’s blog tour for her new book “Backyard Parables” has been going strong for two weeks, and I’m kinda late to the party.  But like any opinionated gardenblogger, I have things to say. At first I was confused by the title but soon learned that this book is...

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Posted by on January 25, 2013 at 9:37 am   This post has 8 responses.

Thomas Rainer on Design Trends

My favorite blogging landscape architect, Thomas Rainer, posted a provocative report on Garden Design Trends, so let’s discuss, shall we?  I wrote to Thomas for clarification and he kindly obliged. New Romanticism First, I love these predictions and sure hope they come to pass: People will turn to their...

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Posted by on January 18, 2013 at 9:46 am   This post has 10 responses.

Pen Pals No More

I’m not much of a pack rat, but I have saved old letters from the past thirty-five years. Gardeners, who it seems seldom had a boring day, dominate the files. Among them are letters from Christopher Lloyd and Elizabeth Lawrence, but I especially enjoyed rereading my letters from David...

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Posted by on January 17, 2013 at 6:43 am   This post has 6 responses.

An Almighty Will to Propagate

“Why do you love what you do?” This was a question posed last month at the annual conference of the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators Societyin the Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania. The joyful reply came from Joe LaMent (a fellow whose name in no way fits his personality)...

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Posted by on November 22, 2012 at 8:35 am   This post has 5 responses.

The State of Cannabis-Growing Literature

Ranter James Rousch recently lamented that Garden Literature is going Up in Smoke, based on his count of 87 pot-growing books currently on offer at the local Barnes and Noble.  I recently read one of them myself (to review, I swear!) – the excellent Supercharged from Timber Press, which...

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Posted by on November 2, 2012 at 8:57 am   This post has 9 responses.

The Roots of My Obsession

  Timber Press managed to do the impossible and get thirty gardeners to each stop what they were doing all at once and sit down and write something about why they garden.  The result is this little essay collection, THE ROOTS OF MY OBSESSION:  Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why...

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Posted by on October 24, 2012 at 4:37 am   This post has 37 responses.

J.C. Raulston and the Green Closet

Please welcome Bobby Ward, author of Chlorophyll in His Veins: J. C. Raulston, Horticultural Ambassador. Recently Amy Stewart commented on Clyde Phillip Wachsberger’s book Into the Garden With Charles, a gardening memoir of Wachsberger and his partner, Charles Dean. The late J. C. Raulston would have greatly appreciated Wachsberger’s...

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Posted by on August 23, 2012 at 3:23 am   This post has 17 responses.

Melons, Squash, and Cash

  That’s NPR’s headline, not mine.  My husband switched the radio on yesterday morning just in time for me to hear this story about Amy Goldman, who as I’m sure you know is an author, artist, and heirloom seed advocate.   We’ve written about her incredible bronze casts of heirloom...

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Posted by on August 15, 2012 at 3:57 am   This post has 2 responses.

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....

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

Green for President

We’ve always said here that gardening is political, a way of opting out of a culture that pushes us to live lives powered entirely by fossil fuels and processed substances that bear only the slightest relationship to actual food. Food is political, as Michael Pollan has been telling us...

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Posted by on July 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm   This post has 9 responses.

To maintain or not to maintain

That is the question, but sometimes it depends on what type of maintenance you’re talking about. Last week, I heard many tributes to writer Nora Ephron (who died last Thursday at 71), including reprises of radio interviews where she read from her most recent books. This is from I...

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Posted by on July 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm   This post has 17 responses.

Dinosaurs at the Conservatory

San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers has just opened a new exhibit called Plantosaurus Rex that highlights prehistoric plants and–uh–alarmingly lifelike replicas of the creatures that ate them.  I asked the exhibit director, Lau Hodges–who, by the way, is one of the funniest and most interesting women you’ll ever meet–to...

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Posted by on June 27, 2012 at 4:28 am   This post has 6 responses.

One rises; another falls

There’s no doubt that independent garden centers and nurseries—like many businesses—have been seeing their sales decline over the last few years. The percentage dips have been in as much as the double digits, depending on where you are in the U.S. Many nurseries and IGCs have been forced to...

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Posted by on May 25, 2012 at 5:14 am   This post has 25 responses.

Farmer pirates get their dump truck!

Avast and belay! I couldn’t help but notice some familiar names on the Kickstarter list, so thanks to any of our readers who contributed to the Farmer Pirates Kickstarter campaign. They made their goal late last night, and will be able to expand their compost program, collecting food waste and...

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Posted by on May 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Still More Earthworm Madness!

Andrew Keys continues his podcast series, Garden Confidential, with–guess what?  Earthworms! He and I chatted about all things wormy a while back, and if you just haven't had enough worms already this week, you'd better head over to Fine Gardening's website and check that out.

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Posted by on March 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm   This post has one response.

Have You Peed on Your Garden Lately?

Well, why not? Our favorite garden professor, Jeff Gillman, tells you how.  Well.  Not how.  I'm pretty sure you know how.  He'll tell you why, though! These and other amazing bits of information can be found in his clever and highly useful new book Decoding Gardening Advice, written with...

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Posted by on March 14, 2012 at 5:06 am   This post has 12 responses.
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