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Benefits of gardening, or just being IN a garden

National Park Rx, a growing movement among doctors to prescribe parks and nature to their patients, launched recently and I was asked to talk to the public about the benefits of gardening.  Here’s the list I came up with: Great exercise (with too many benefits to list, or to keep up with). Improved immune system. […]

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Posted by on April 29, 2016 at 7:55 am   This post has 8 responses.

Slices of Spring and Steak

I’ve been on the clock of Jelitto Perennial Seeds for nearly 21 years. I peddle perennial seeds (over 3,500 different items), but from time to time, with my colleagues there, I enjoy the pleasure of wildflowers, gardens, nurseries and even a good steak. It is a great gig. Georg...

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Posted by on April 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm   This post has 11 responses.

New! 305 Curated Videos, and More Sought

Garden writers and educators, tired of complaining to each other about the bad gardening advice people find on the Internet, have joined forces to do something about it. With the goal of inspiring people to garden, and helping them succeed at it, the result is a home for accurate, reliable...

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Posted by on April 22, 2016 at 8:40 am   This post has 3 responses.

Your Azalea-Eaglet Update

I posted recently about the birth of two bald eaglets at the National Arboretum and the totally addictive Eagle Cam recording the action. I mentioned having unanswered questions about restrictions on the public’s access to their famous azalea collection, blooming nearby and now, with the email glitch between the...

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Posted by on April 15, 2016 at 9:22 am   This post has no responses.

Rosemary Up the Ass and the Stinking Hellebore

  Mary Vaananen, a Jelitto Perennial Seeds colleague, emailed sad news on my first day in Florence, Italy. Judith Tyler had died. Jude was a longtime friend. She and her husband, Dick, grew hellebores at their Pine Knot Farms in Clarksville, Virginia. For the next two days, I staggered around...

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Posted by on April 13, 2016 at 7:04 am   This post has 8 responses.

All the Presidents’ Gardens, and a Free Trip to DC

The Contest Timber Press, publisher of All the Presidents’ Gardens by Marta McDowell, is launching the book by sending a lucky winner to DC – enter to win before April 15. The winner (and guest) can use the prize any time, and assuming they enjoy visiting gardens, I suggest checking the DC...

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Posted by on April 7, 2016 at 8:22 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Bald eagles, not azaleas, are the stars at Arboretum

The hottest outdoor news in Washington, D.C. this month isn’t the flowering of cherry trees at the Tidal Basin. This year it’s the birth of two Bald Eagles at the National Arboretum, thanks to 24/7 coverage of the event by the live, hopelessly addicting Eaglecam installed by the American Eagle...

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Posted by on March 25, 2016 at 9:24 am   This post has 4 responses.

Philly Flower (?) Show Report

I’ll say one thing for this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show – good for the PHS for choosing national parks as the theme, in celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. I love that parks got tons of attention! But flower-show material, they’re really not. Case in point: the show’s...

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Posted by on March 18, 2016 at 8:26 am   This post has 22 responses.

First Lady to Drop in on Gardens Across the Country

Big gardening news – our best advocate, with a bigger microphone and better media coverage than Martha Stewart ever had, will be dropping in on gardens, in a very public way, all year.  From People Magazine: To celebrate her last season with the White House Kitchen Garden she installed...

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Posted by on March 11, 2016 at 8:34 am   This post has 6 responses.

It’s the Year of Garden-Park Connections

Have you heard that 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service? Well, here’s the press release, and here’s Find Your Park, a growing collection of stories about people connecting with the parks. (The connection is easy for Michelle Obama – she lives in one, and has...

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Posted by on March 4, 2016 at 9:01 am   This post has 6 responses.

Preserves work in every season

While I do enjoy visiting the warm glasshouses of our splendid botanical garden during the winter, the experience can pall. Though it’s lovely to view orchids, bromeliads, succulents, towering palms, and a wide variety of tropical oddities, it can get to be a bit routine. And you’re not getting...

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Posted by on February 16, 2016 at 10:01 am   This post has 7 responses.

Public Gardeners Tackle the 2016 Blizzard

Did you all see the Smithsonian’s blizzard video? You know, the panda playing in the snow.  You probably shared it. But to this gardener, the blizzard story I love wasn’t online anywhere. It’s about horticulturists sleeping on cots at the Smithsonian and other public gardens – deliberately, not because they’re...

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Posted by on February 12, 2016 at 9:23 am   This post has 4 responses.

Gardening information worthless to universities – unless someone else pays for it

Gardeners and garden communicators know Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott as a myth-buster, and as the Extension educator for Washington State. We know her as the author of How Plants Work and the GWA award-winning Informed Gardener, as co-founder of Garden Professors, the go-to blog for accurate information, with its 4,900-member strong Facebook group, which I recommend to...

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Posted by on February 2, 2016 at 8:00 am   This post has 17 responses.

Reporting from Iowa

Guest Rant by Linda Larson, A Traveling Gardener This just in: Iowa has beautiful gardens and parks, with grand trees, roses, hostas, and lakes. Despite the frenzy of Iowa’s political caucuses, happy people are ice skating on the pond in Vander Veer Botanical Park and Conservatory in Davenport. They will...

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Posted by Linda Larson on January 28, 2016 at 6:56 am   This post has 4 responses.

Campaign News from the Des Moines Botanical Garden!

Still photo from video posted to CarlyforPresident. Well, this doesn’t happen every day, that a field trip by 4- and 5-year-olds to the local botanic garden winds up on national news. But it’s a garden in Iowa, which is swarming with presidential candidates right now, so anything can happen. Including...

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Posted by on January 26, 2016 at 6:22 pm   This post has 3 responses.

There’s an upside to the white stuff

This post is for my friends and fellow gardeners on the East Coast and elsewhere who were hit by big weather over the weekend. These storms really are events now, as the media element has gotten much more prominent. Named and enthusiastically reported blizzards are here to stay. As...

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Posted by on January 25, 2016 at 9:30 am   This post has 6 responses.

Why I’ve Rejoined Garden Writers

From left, Ashley Sullivan (GWA deputy exec. director), Louise Clarke (Regional VP of GWA), Maria Ungaro (GWA executive director). I’ve been a fair-weather friend to the Garden Writers Association for as long as I’ve been garden-writing, targeting my complaints at the management firm it paid to run everything. Like many...

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Posted by on January 22, 2016 at 7:49 am   This post has 20 responses.

Landscapes with Healing Powers: Video Tribute to Lava Hot Springs

Occasionally we Ranters pay video tributes to our favorite public gardens, a lovely tradition begun by our own Susan Harris. Here’s a little video ode (videode?) to a sweet destination tucked away in the mountains of southern Idaho, the town of Lava Hot Springs. Hope you will be able...

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Posted by on January 20, 2016 at 6:04 pm   This post has 3 responses.

Flow Chart for the Gardening Revival

We love this graphic from garden writer (and activist) C. L. Fornari, the Garden Lady.  What she’s calling the “flow chart for the Gardening Revival” has been shared on garden blogs everywhere and over 1,300 times on Facebook alone.

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Posted by on January 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Waterwise in New Mexico

Today’s Guest Rant by Hunter Ten Broeck, founder of the design firm WaterWise Landscapes based in Albuquerque, highlights an upcoming conference that has changed landscaping and water use patterns in New Mexico while building community. You’ll also get a peek at some regional waterwise gardens. It may surprise you...

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Posted by Hunter Ten Broeck on January 6, 2016 at 2:14 pm   This post has 9 responses.
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