Grounded Design – most exciting blog discovery in a long time

When I happened upon the blog of landscape architect Thomas Rainer my first thought was:  Why isn’t he guest-posting on GardenRant?  Or alternatively, is his blog the Rant of landscape architecture?  Seriously, look these thought- and passion-provoking posts: The New Manliness:  Machismo through Dirty Diapers and Gardening His Earth Day Challenge to Loosen up the […]

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Posted by on December 18, 2010 at 5:53 am   This post has 11 responses.

RadioGarden and Andrew Keys are NPR-Ready

Gardening world, listen up!  If you haven't yet heard Andrew Keys's new podcast for Horticulture Magazine, you are in for a treat – and a surprise.  It's really good and in a really new way.  A big fan of Ira Glass and "This American Life", his aim is to...

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Posted by on December 13, 2010 at 5:37 am   This post has 11 responses.

English Garden Tools–We Have a Winner!

You people did not make it easy to choose a winner. I chose a few favorite and then drew one at random–and our winner of a Clarington Forge spade is: Benjamin, the poet, the writer, with this clever and thoughtful entry: Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus Reach out and...

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Posted by on December 8, 2010 at 10:49 am   This post has 2 responses.

Wicked Plants at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

The Tucson Botanical Gardens has taken this Wicked Plants thing one step further and created not only an exhibit, but a character named Dr. Ergot Ratbane and a mad scientist laboratory.  How's that for a good gig–playing a mad scientist at a botanical garden? Meet Dr. Ratbane here, and...

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Posted by on November 17, 2010 at 5:55 am   This post has Comments Off.

Great Dixter book winner

We have a winner. I was charmed by Kassie Schwan’s tribute to the late Henry Mitchell, whose Earthman essays I read last summer. Here it is: I tried thinking in the literary vein, but the winner today for me would be Henry Mitchell. He was a joy to read,...

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Posted by on October 29, 2010 at 4:23 pm   This post has one response.

Is Time Nothing in a Garden, Or Everything?

My vegetable garden, 2007 By the time I moved eight years ago, I'd made a really nice vegetable garden at my first house, backed by a lovely bed of roses and foxgloves.  A few people said to me, "Aren't you sorry to leave your garden behind?" And my feeling...

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Posted by on October 29, 2010 at 5:12 am   This post has 17 responses.

Great Dixter and the man

Christopher Lloyd’s legacy—both his garden writing and the magnificent Great Dixter—will never be forgotten. Not if Timber Press has anything to do with it. After publishing (posthumously) his book on exotic planting in 2007, the press has released a tribute to Lloyd and his famous property in East Sussex,...

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Posted by on October 28, 2010 at 9:46 am   This post has 40 responses.

Keith Richards, Gardener

From a story about Keith Richards on CBS's Sunday Morning At home, he's the 66-year-old guitarist with the green thumb, growing lemons like "hand grenades." "Yeah, it's amazing really, isn't it? This is in my spare time, I do this." But then you realize the two Keiths . ....

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Posted by on October 25, 2010 at 11:09 am   This post has 13 responses.

Anne Raver’s Funky Taste in Gardens

Anne Raver is the long-time garden writer for the New York Times, now an occasional contributor there.  (Because yes, coincident with the rise of gardening, especially among the young, the Times has reduced it to an afterthought.) Over the weekend Anne spoke to the DC-area Rock Garden Society about...

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Posted by on October 25, 2010 at 5:44 am   This post has 15 responses.

Bloom says: too many plants

I and many in the industry believe that there are simply too many new plants introduced each year, with too few of them being proved garden worthy. Pity the poor gardener who, faced with an overwhelming choice of plants, can hardly know which are the best to choose. With...

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Posted by on October 12, 2010 at 4:47 am   This post has 22 responses.

Peter Del Tredici gets real about “wild urban plants”

We last wrote about Peter Del Tredici's radically practical view of weeds wild urban plants here in Elizabeth's post and you get a hint of the controversy he's stirring up in Slate's report and his own piece in the Boston Globe. And guess what – I got to hear...

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Posted by on October 11, 2010 at 5:29 am   This post has 15 responses.

So what kind of advice do I like?

Since I'm complaining about overly elaborate advice in the vegetable garden of the kind offered by market growers and other "experts," you may well ask what kind of advice I do like. Actual science.  See Gillman, Jeff and Chalker-Scott, Linda for this kind of thing. No-tech common sense.  Poking...

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Posted by on September 17, 2010 at 11:31 am   This post has 16 responses.

Garden-Oriented Events Not Popular? I Beg to Differ.

Here's today's second guest post from Ginny Stibolt. A recent NY Times article (covered here on The Rant) reported on how public gardens are expanding their offerings and canceling their traditional flower events. I'd like to offer additional ideas for organizing events that can attract a large numbers of...

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Posted by on September 16, 2010 at 11:00 am   This post has 9 responses.

What the World Needs Now: Thoughtful, Interesting Garden Events That Don’t All Happen in Spring.

I was very excited about The Late Show Gardens, a new sort of garden show invented right here in northern California and deliberately scheduled for fall, which is exactly the right time for a garden show, in my view.  It's held outdoors, during prime planting season for serious gardeners...

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Posted by on September 10, 2010 at 8:43 am   This post has 5 responses.

In Which GardenRant Explores Its Near-Limitless Powers

We challenged Timber staff to read our bawdy hymenoptera limericks inspired by Eric Grissel's new book BEES, WASPS, AND ANTS and post the video online. Then we decided they should wear bee suits while reading the limericks. And look!  They went for it! Those Timber people will do ANYTHING!...

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Posted by on August 13, 2010 at 11:49 am   This post has 15 responses.

Bawdy Hymenoptera Limericks–We Have a Winner!

Ah, yes.  Everybody loves a good limerick about ant sex.  Or bee sex.  Or wasp sex. Thanks to all of you who commented on Eric Grissell's guest rant about his new book, Bees, Wasps, and Ants. The lovely people at Timber have not only offered to give a book...

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Posted by on August 11, 2010 at 4:35 am   This post has 5 responses.

Guest Rant: The Garden Noir of Charles Goodrich

Please welcome poet Charles Goodrich, author of a new collection of prose poems called Going to Seed:  Dispatches from the Garden. Garrison Keillor is fond of reading his poems on the Writer's Almanac.  We're just thrilled that a poet writing about gardening gets attention like this in the wider...

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Posted by on August 9, 2010 at 2:59 am   This post has 10 responses.

Guest Rant: Eric Grissell on Hymenoptera Sex

Eric Grissell, author of the delightful Insects and Gardens, is back with a new one:  Bees, Wasps, and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens.  And yes, we've got a copy to give away–read on.  Meanwhile, here's Eric: Few people realize that it was wasp-sex that prompted Dr....

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Posted by on August 5, 2010 at 4:03 am   This post has 26 responses.

Jim Wilson: he will be missed

 PBS’s Victory Garden sure isn’t what it was, but whatever respect it still commands among serious gardeners is largely due to the reputation lent it by such former hosts as James Crockett, Roger Swain, and former co-host Jim Wilson, who died Sunday at the fine age of 85. A...

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Posted by on August 3, 2010 at 5:35 am   This post has 17 responses.

Vinny Simeone on Rose Care and Travels with Allan Armitage

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, NY is worth at least one more post here, especially to introduce its director, Vinnie Simeone.  Here he is looking mighty happy with some of his many roses (which he sprays twice in spring with Neem oil, and that's it.) ...

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Posted by on August 1, 2010 at 3:56 am   This post has 10 responses.
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