Acres of annuals—now? In Buffalo?

Last night, I taught a blogging workshop to an adult horticultural class, which was a fun and enlightening experience for a few reasons, but one of the most rewarding parts of it was the setting. It was held at McKinley High School in Buffalo, a public school where there is a 4-year horticultural training program.  […]

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Posted by on March 1, 2011 at 10:21 am   This post has 5 responses.

Mark Ruffalo – Gardener and Activist for Clean Water

 Somewhere in Upstate New York (Sullivan County in the Catskill Mountains), an impossibly cute, Oscar-nominated actor gardens with his family.  In a recent story he said, “I know all my neighbors. It’s beautiful and healthy, and in the winter there are blankets of snow covering the rolling hills.  But...

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Posted by on February 21, 2011 at 4:50 am   This post has 20 responses.

We have 2 winners for our most popular book giveaway ever!

Lynn Rosenberg and Dave Glasebrook will receive copies of Michele Owens' Growing the Good Life. The rest of you (all 102 of you), please—buy your own copies, preferably at your local independent bookstore or online here. Or at a chain bookstore that is not yet bankrupt.

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Posted by on February 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm   This post has 3 responses.

Five cool things about Michele Owens’ new book

1. It’s called Grow the Good Life: Why a Vegetable Garden Will Make You Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise (Rodale). Note the statement—GROW the good life. Not “Here’s how to grow the good life.” As Michele says in the first chapter, “The problem is that many how-tos refuse to...

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Posted by on February 15, 2011 at 6:05 am   This post has 110 responses.

Landscape architects I’ve known and been
intimidated by

For a plain-old home gardener and gardenblogger, I've gotten to meet an amazing assortment of landscape architects with marquee names in their profession.  Like Laurie Olin, who redesigned the grounds of Washington Montument, and the late Lawrence Halprin, whose Roosevelt Memorial (photo right) is a local favorite. And Jim...

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Posted by on February 7, 2011 at 5:16 am   This post has 14 responses.

Far out!

Neatly filling in the gap between the amaryllis and the March spring flower show, the Buffalo Botanical Gardens is putting on Night Lights—which is exactly what is sounds like. They got the idea from a similar (but outdoor) display at the nearby Heron,  a semi-public park south of us....

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Posted by on February 6, 2011 at 8:48 am   This post has 2 responses.

Annie Proulx, Garden Writer

Annie Proulx's garden bibliography, as near as I can tell: Proulx, A., & Nichols, L. (1980). Sweet & hard cider: Making it, using it, & enjoying it. Charlotte, Vt: Garden Way Pub. Proulx, A. (1980). Great grapes: Grow the best ever. Pownal, Vt: Storey Communications. Proulx, A. (1980). Making...

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Posted by on February 2, 2011 at 3:53 am   This post has 25 responses.

Read all about it

Online. Most garden magazines do not provide their print content online, or give only a sampling. So it's news that Upstate Gardener's Journal, an excellent resource for people in Central and Western New York, is now providing a digital edition for free on its website. UGJ is not a...

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Posted by on February 1, 2011 at 11:35 am   This post has 2 responses.

High Hopes for St. Lynn’s Press

I trudged miles of aisles at a trade show in Baltimore the other day, amazed at how many tree-growers there ARE, but the most interesting discovery among the thousands of vendors was a small publisher who I’m convinced wants to do some good while making money.  Though if he’d...

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Posted by on January 24, 2011 at 4:58 am   This post has 8 responses.

The Renegade’s Black Spot Awards for 2010

Black Spot Awards are the thumb's-downs that "Renegade Gardener" Don Engebretson bestows on the  gardening world from his Minnesota perch this time each.  He pairs them with some High Spot Awards, of course, but some of us have a special affection for Don's bad reviews because they bring out...

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Posted by on January 3, 2011 at 6:49 am   This post has 11 responses.

Trey Pitsenberger, Nurseryman with a Mission

Trey Pitsenberger has been online as The Blogging Nurseryman since 2005 and commenting here on the Rant since we started a year later.  Yeah, he's definitely an early adopter, as he recalls in a recent message to Independent Garden Centers and Nurseries.  He tells the story of having been...

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Posted by on December 27, 2010 at 6:12 am   This post has 9 responses.

Guest Rant: Step Right Up!

  Ladies and Gents!  Meet the circus clowns, magicians, and tattooed ladies of the green world!  From Paula Gross, assistant director of the University of North Carolina Charlotte Botanical Gardens, and Larry Mellichamp, professor of botany and horticulture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and with a...

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Posted by on December 23, 2010 at 3:13 am   This post has 10 responses.

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...

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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.
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