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Swarthmore: One of the Most Beautiful Campuses in America

I first visited and fell in love with the Scott Arboretum, covering the entire campus of Swarthmore College, back in 2008 when I visited for a talk on lawn alternatives.  I finally made a return visit last month when I attended its annual Perennial Plant Conference, where some of the top names in the plant world were […]

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Posted by on November 20, 2014 at 6:07 am   This post has 5 responses.

Travels with Rufus

  John Steinbeck crossed the country with Charley in 1960. I rode to Louisville last month, from Pennsylvania, with Rufus. Steinbeck, who wrote Travels with Charley, made the road trip with his standard poodle in a camper truck. I took Rufus home in a rental car. I met Rufus...

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Posted by on November 12, 2014 at 7:01 am   This post has 8 responses.

Protecting Turfgrass from Springsteen Fans is One Huge Job

Tonight, in celebration of Veterans Day, one huge concert will take place on the National Mall, with headliners like Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna and Eminem. You can watch live it on HBO if you’re a cable subscriber, whether or not you pay extra for HBO. Or if you live nearby you can...

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Posted by on November 11, 2014 at 8:42 am   This post has 6 responses.

Ellen DeGeneres ISO Gardener

Anyone following Nick the Gardener on the Ellen Show knows that she helped him  land a part in a sequel to the Magic Mike movie. So now she’s looking for a new gardener – click here to apply.  Must be “hot, strong, and have that extra somethin’ somethin’.” I’m not a...

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Posted by on October 23, 2014 at 7:33 am   This post has 6 responses.

Meeting Animals

You may not be surprised to hear that, though I adore plants, I garden primarily for animals and the life they bring to a place. Growing up, I was taught by my mother to treat animals gently and respectfully, whether they are pets or wild creatures. Mom and I...

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Posted by on October 3, 2014 at 1:11 am   This post has 5 responses.

Partying with the Friends House Gardeners

GardenRant has a core of engaged readers who comment on our posts (and we thank you!) but the other 2,000 or so daily readers are unknown to us. So it was a nice surprise to be contacted out of the blue by Rant reader Lucille Ridlon, inviting me to...

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Posted by on September 12, 2014 at 7:50 am   This post has 7 responses.

Driving Alaska with My Three Miss Daisies

  Bears loomed large last month in Alaska, but there was more danger lurking for a scrapulation.* Close quarters and too much family togetherness always make for a menacing vacation threat. Rose, my daughter Molly, granddaughter Story and I spent ten days driving around south central Alaska. I’m happy...

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Posted by on September 10, 2014 at 5:37 am   This post has 8 responses.

The Parklet Craze

This year’s international Park(ing) Day falls on September 19, a mere two weeks from now. On that day, individuals, groups, and businesses in cities around the world will commandeer on-street parking spaces and convert them to temporary parklets. These people-friendly spaces might include plants, seating, bike parking, games, exercise...

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Posted by on September 3, 2014 at 3:08 am   This post has 3 responses.

Where’s the Wow? The Green Industry Takes Stock.

Garden suppliers’ sights are set on next spring. Last month, representatives from nurseries, greenhouses, independent garden centers and even Big Box Stores loaded up their cars, vans and trucks, heading to two vastly different Ohio trade summer shows. Cultivate ’14, in Columbus, is the biggest North American trade show,...

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Posted by on August 13, 2014 at 6:37 am   This post has 39 responses.

Pinterest tells us what you like

Hey, bloggers among you, have you ever checked to see which of the photos you’ve published are pinned to readers’ Pinterest boards?  It’s kinda fun, and here’s how.  For this blog I went to: www.pinterest.com/source/gardenrant.com.   You get the idea. Pinterest only displays the most recent but I’ve been checking...

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Posted by on August 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm   This post has 10 responses.

More Foreign Invaders: Possums on the Half Shell

  Robyn Brown, a Nashville buddy and talented gardener, told me last week that her garden is under siege by armadillos. I was all ears. The nine-banded armadillos are rooting around her garden like little armored feral pigs. These foreign invaders arrived in Western Kentucky over twenty years ago....

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Posted by on July 23, 2014 at 6:39 am   This post has 10 responses.

A Growing Trend in the U.S.: Food Forests

Upstart food forests — designed landscapes incorporating perennial and woody plants that produce food — are popping up around the US, inspired no doubt by Seattle’s new Beacon Hill Food Forest as well as successful older sites including Mercy Emily Edible Park on 18 vacant lots in Philadelphia and...

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Posted by on July 16, 2014 at 2:01 am   This post has 12 responses.

The enigma of Olmsted

Home tomorrow night? You can catch the newest documentary on Frederick Law Olmsted on PBS. Entitled Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, this is a basic overview of the seminal landscape architect’s career, starting with Central Park and ending with his final projects in Massachusetts and North Carolina. We’ve discussed...

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Posted by on June 19, 2014 at 8:00 am   This post has 10 responses.

Praising Our Public Gardens: A Video Tribute to Idaho Botanical Garden

The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) holds its annual conference in Denver next week. The theme is Everyday Magic: The Transformative Nature of Public Gardens. With tracks on education, leadership, art, horticulture, and more, the program schedule underlines just how hard public gardens work to lure visitors and to...

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Posted by on June 18, 2014 at 9:29 am   This post has 11 responses.

Freaks of the Garden

More garden videos like this, please.

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Posted by on June 3, 2014 at 11:35 am   This post has 7 responses.

Public Gardens and Social Media

For my new volunteer project promoting DC’s public gardens, the focus is on images, using them to create videos, but then what?  Just a slide show?  I think not, because Pinterest and Instagram are hot-hot-hot and gardens are uniquely suited to visuals, to say the least. The research on...

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Posted by on May 30, 2014 at 10:15 am   This post has 6 responses.

Saving Seedlings, Saving the World

Recently I went camping near my new home in Boise. I sat down with a cup of coffee and a notebook in my campsite one morning, enjoying the trilling of a meadowlark and a view of natural scrubland as I pondered (this is one of my favorite activities). As...

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Posted by on May 20, 2014 at 11:52 pm   This post has 21 responses.

HOW many Millennials have taken up Gardening?

This article in the Washington Post about the White House having gone all “junk food to veggies” is a fun read.  Group fitness challenge!  Electronic tracking of progress toward fitness!  Apples in bowls!  I mean it – I love this stuff. But of interest to us gardeners in particular:...

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Posted by on May 2, 2014 at 7:43 am   This post has 21 responses.

Death Valley Days and the Discovery of Two New Plant Species

I had a fitful first day in Death Valley a few weeks ago. I felt like an apprehensive Spencer Tracy when he got off the train at Black Rock in the 1955 film Bad Day at Black Rock. Whereas Tracy was nominated for an Academy Award for his role,...

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Posted by on April 23, 2014 at 7:12 am   This post has 6 responses.

The L word

Two days before Earth Day, my regular segment on our local NPR station was aired. I don’t come on as a gardening expert; I am part of a rotation of local editors and media types who chat about issues their publications are covering. We talked about gardening because my...

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 at 8:34 am   This post has 11 responses.
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