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Inside the White House Rose Garden “Memory Book”

For the first time ever, the public is able to see a private scrapbook about the Kennedy Rose Garden created by Jackie Kennedy herself in 1966 as a gift to her old friend Bunny Mellon, who helped design the garden. The scrapbook has been scanned, and the 150 or so pages are the highlight of […]

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Posted by on August 28, 2015 at 7:37 am   This post has no responses.

On Top of the Daylily World

David Kirchhoff and Mort Morss helped smooth my horrible mood swings with daylilies. I had loved a few daylilies and left them. I once grew an acre of the things in commercial production, in addition to growing a wide selection of perennials and wildflowers. There was nothing extravagant about...

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Posted by on August 12, 2015 at 6:59 am   This post has 19 responses.

Plant Fanatics Party in Baltimore

What to call the plant-obsessed people attending the Perennial Plant Association’s shindig last week in Baltimore? Terms like “geek” and “nerd” seem better suited to people who stay out of the sun, so I’ll call us (me, included) fanatics – in a good way.  And I’d never encountered more...

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Posted by on August 7, 2015 at 3:55 pm   This post has 6 responses.

Attracting July Visitors with Photos

Tom Stovall, the resident photographer at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Northern Virginia, is donating his images to my campaign promoting DC-area public gardens.  His photos of nature, especially of wildlife, are beyond anything I can or ever will achieve, but garden photography is new to him so he’s taking suggestions...

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Posted by on July 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm   This post has 10 responses.

Stacking Rocks in Wild Places

Recently I came across this article about the fairly new practice of stacking rocks in wild places. Historically, cairns (rocks piled or stacked by humans) have served important purposes, particularly in parts of the world lacking dramatic natural features to use as landmarks. A cairn might mark a trail,...

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Posted by on July 15, 2015 at 4:00 am   This post has 24 responses.

The grueling, reality-style competition to be the next White House floral designer

  In March we reported that White House floral designer Laura Dowling was mysteriously no longer on the job. Well, today’s Washington Post updates us on the search for her replacement. After months, the legions of applicants have been winnowed down to 25 semi-finalists. The process, similar to that used...

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Posted by on July 7, 2015 at 2:59 pm   This post has 7 responses.

The Local Gardening Show I Covet – “Central Texas Gardener”

While in Toronto for the Blogger Fling I snagged some really interesting bus-mates for our day-long rides to gardens and events, and one was someone I barely knew but quickly became soulmates with – Linda Lehmusvirta, writer/producer of the Austin-based PBS show Central Texas Gardener.  After I got home I...

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Posted by on July 3, 2015 at 7:28 am   This post has 12 responses.

Gardener’s Guide to the National Mall

Here’s a blog post I wrote for two general-interest blogs, in which I review a fabulous new way to see the sights around the National Mall and illustrate with images of the gardens and landscape memorials along the way. It’s a garden tour with tips from a local gardenblogger’s...

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Posted by on June 30, 2015 at 11:08 am   This post has 9 responses.

Amy Stewart on the Road with her First Novel!

GardenRant’s smart and funny co-founder Amy Stewart is sorely missed here, but she’s gone on to bigger things – novels! Her first, “Girl Waits with Gun,” will be out this September, so Amy’s hitting the road. Come on out!  One fellow Ranter will definitely be there for the DC...

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Posted by on June 27, 2015 at 1:17 pm   This post has 5 responses.

Nature Corridors Boost Failing Wildlife Populations

Doug Tallamy is one of my heroes. He is a visionary thinker with the ability to tie together disparate bits of information — research results, personal observations, known scientific facts — into powerful calls for action that guide us toward living within nature, rather than continuing to segregate ourselves...

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Posted by on June 17, 2015 at 6:19 am   This post has 11 responses.

Mid-Atlantic Gardeners are invited to Perennial Plant Event

For years I’ve heard the Perennial Plant Association called one of the best organizations in the plant world, and its yearly symposium the BEST.  This year it’s being held in Baltimore, close to home for me, and I wouldn’t miss it for anything. Local organizer Janet Draper wrote to...

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Posted by on June 15, 2015 at 11:23 am   This post has Comments Off.

Get Your Local On with Slow Flowers

by Debra Prinzing I know you adore flowers as much as I do.  But more than loving flowers, I’m passionate about American grown flowers, a topic I’ve occasionally written about here on Garden Rant. I use the term “Slow Flowers” to define the practice of sourcing flowers locally, one...

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Posted by on June 13, 2015 at 6:21 am   This post has 2 responses.

Gardenblogging and Flinging in 2015

First, the Gardenblogger Fling happened last weekend in Toronto and was a roaring success.  Thanks again to the local organizes, who created 4+ fabulous days of events and then herded us through it all as patient, unfrazzled hosts who managed to have fun themselves.  That’s Helen Battersby of Toronto Gardens, Lorraine...

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Posted by on June 12, 2015 at 8:50 am   This post has 9 responses.

Mad May: No Fury

My excitement for wild plants is as far afield from Mad Max: Fury Road as you can imagine. My best botanizing adventures, by comparison, would be more like an open-air My Dinner with Andre. An afternoon with my plant-obsessed compatriots would bore the bejesus out of most Americans or,...

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Posted by on June 10, 2015 at 7:12 am   This post has 4 responses.

Strategies for a new age

It’s not just what’s happening “out west.” Water management of every kind is a huge issue for everybody, so I have been listening and reading with great interest to all that’s happening around water. On Thursday, as I was driving up to Toronto to attend a truncated version of...

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Posted by on June 8, 2015 at 7:40 am   This post has 6 responses.

We’re Flinging in Toronto!

Waaaay back in 2008 this group of gardenbloggers got together for the first time in Austin for the first Garden Blogger Fling to party and see gardens. No keynotes or break-out sessions in hotel conference rooms. Just fun, networking like crazy, and actually making new friends. No matter that we’re...

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Posted by on June 4, 2015 at 10:38 pm   This post has one response.

My Favorite Flower Show

  We got tipped-off about Celesta McComas’s flower show last year at Thanksgiving dinner. My wife Rose told Bobbie Ann Mason that we lived, part-time, in Salvisa, KY. Bobbie Ann lives a few miles away in Lawrenceburg. Clearly suffering from separation anxiety, Bobbie Ann confessed that Celesta had moved...

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Posted by on May 27, 2015 at 7:20 am   This post has 11 responses.

Growing Popularity of Gardening in DC

With legalization of pot in DC – in small amounts – residents are showing a remarkable interest in gardening, with one website happily soliciting photos from growers. Growers are careful to show just six plants (the maximum allowed) or post anonymously. As pointed out in today’s Washington Post, DC’s law weirdly...

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Posted by on May 18, 2015 at 9:48 am   This post has one response.

My Prairie Plot Thickens

  It would be a stretch to call our reconstituted former hay field a prairie. What we have is a beautiful contrivance—a make-believe prairie. Contrary to popular belief, Central Kentucky never had any prairies or savannas. The Inner Bluegrass was a deciduous forest with maple, bitternut hickory, ash, elm...

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Posted by on May 13, 2015 at 7:30 am   This post has 21 responses.

Spring prep, gardening on the radio and—a giveaway

When I was asked by our local NPR station to do a series on Buffalo gardens and gardening, of course I was happy to help out (i.e., this is a nonpaying gig, like so many I have). My first segment will be on early garden prep, which is still...

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Posted by on April 28, 2015 at 7:52 am   This post has 66 responses.
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