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Best Videos about Planting Trees, Shrubs and Perennials – and Let the Arguing Begin?

“There’s controversy in gardening?” is a question I’m often asked, as if gardening were crafting, I suppose. Rant readers, who can answer that question while citing the hottest topics in gardening today, may be surprised to learn about a new one – soil amendments, good or bad. Yes, despite long-held beliefs about the value of […]

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Posted by on February 24, 2017 at 8:02 am   This post has 6 responses.

PlantPOP Wants to Film your Story

In a recent post I recommended some videos by the very cool “horticultural film studio” PlantPOP (also on Youtube) and promised more about them soon. One phone call later, here ya go. To me it’s a fascinating story of art meets commerce. Art Parkerson grew up in the Tidewater region...

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Posted by on February 9, 2017 at 4:16 pm   This post has 6 responses.

Garden Videos can Teach or Distract

The February update from Good Gardening Videos starts with the news, then recommends 16 new or newly-discovered videos. Some have no point other than to entertain – so we thank them for the distraction. NEWS: GGVideos Welcomes Nonprofit Supporters The missions of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and Kids...

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Posted by on February 1, 2017 at 2:01 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Farmers Dance. Why not Gardeners?

A farmer dancing in his barn is a recent sensation on Youtube and no wonder – he invokes the Let’s Move campaign and his dancing is very cool to watch. But as a kindred spirit and a gardener, my immediate reaction is – Where are the “Dancing Gardeners” on...

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Posted by on January 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm   This post has 6 responses.

How to Recommend Plants with Video

Searching the Internet for good gardening videos for over a year now, I’ve come to lament their dearth in one major category – ornamental plants. Thanks to Extension universities and a few media-savvy experts, there’s plenty of help for new veg-growing gardeners, but if you want to beautify your...

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Posted by on December 16, 2016 at 8:36 am   This post has 7 responses.

Get your Holiday-Decorating Videos Right Here

My numero uno project these days is reviewing and collecting good gardening videos, as I might have mentioned here a few times (ahem). And to be on-trend (oh, always!), we’ve gone looking for some that demonstrate how to make holiday decorations out of (mainly) plants, and found these 14. If you’re...

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Posted by on December 9, 2016 at 2:37 pm   This post has Comments Off on Get your Holiday-Decorating Videos Right Here.

Bulb-Forcing Videos

Forcing spring-blooming bulbs is a popular topic here on the Rant, thanks to Elizabeth, our bulb-forcer extraordinaire. She inspired us at Good Gardening Videos to find videos demonstrating bulb-forcing to recommend to viewers – people like me who learn best by being shown. These 8 videos on the topic have...

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Posted by on November 12, 2016 at 7:03 pm   This post has 4 responses.

Lawn-Less Solutions in my Townhouse Garden

You’ve seen Part 1 of the Garden Clips videos of my garden and now Part 2 is up! In this tour of my back garden I opined a bit about lawn reduction, and of course the plants I use instead. Scroll down for a bit more about the plants mentioned....

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Posted by on September 30, 2016 at 8:30 am   This post has one response.

On Video: Bulb-Planting in the Fall

New from Good Gardening Videos is our juicy selection of 14 videos about spring-blooming bulbs – general how-to, specific types, how to naturalize and two cool ways to pot them up. If you’re already an experienced bulb-gardener, maybe you know someone who could be coaxed into planting something if...

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Posted by on September 22, 2016 at 9:05 am   This post has one response.

My Townhouse Garden on Video!

Readers may remember my post about a guy who grew up blocks from my home and is now a videographer in New Haven, CT.  For fun, this son of a landscape architect and gardener himself makes videos about plants and gardens, usually featuring the director of the botanic garden...

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Posted by on September 16, 2016 at 6:28 am   This post has 3 responses.

Guide to Videos about Fall Crops and Harvesting

Here’s the latest seasonal guide at Good Gardening Videos – this one about vegetable gardening in the fall. The videos listed (so far) are by the University of Maryland, Fine Gardening Magazine, and Renee’s Garden, and we thank them for teaching gardening well. More videos are being added as our search continues...

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Posted by on August 30, 2016 at 12:45 pm   This post has 2 responses.

Youth Gardens, Watering, Lawn Care and More – the Latest Videos

Here’s the latest of my roughly monthly e-newsletters about Good Gardening Videos, dated today: Youth Gardens Just before the the National Children and Youth Garden Symposium met last month, GGVideos gathered together as many youth-garden videos as we could find to show attendees what’s being done and encourage more people to make videos of...

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Posted by on August 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm   This post has 3 responses.

Videos that Gardeners NEED

While combing the internet for videos that are accurate and watchable enough to be featured on at Good Gardening Videos  and its companion Youtube channel, I’ve found a few great ones and lots of good-enough ones, like the ones that almost all Extension universities make about soil tests. So I...

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Posted by on July 22, 2016 at 7:40 am   This post has 11 responses.

Videographer Teams up with Horticulturist Neighbor

Connecticut-based videographer Patrick Volk emailed me recently, having discovered my blog posts about videos. It seems that this son of a landscape architect teamed up with neighbor Eric Larson, long-time director of Yale’s Marsh Botanic Garden, to create a slew of outstanding gardening videos. They call their website and...

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Posted by on June 24, 2016 at 7:48 am   This post has 3 responses.

Good Gardening Videos now on Youtube

Good Gardening Videos continues to add new videos to the website, but even better, it has its very own Youtube Channel for your viewing and subscribing to. Why better? Because more videos are found and viewed by searches on Youtube itself than by any other way, so we needed to be...

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Posted by on June 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm   This post has 2 responses.

New-Video Update

Today Good Gardening Videos announced to its subscribers 36 new videos, plus a new feature – a guide to videos on a timely subject. The first such guide covers Videos about Pruning Spring-Blooming Shrubs, including the best 8 videos we could find and a link to 4 more. Included are 3 new ones:...

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Posted by on May 28, 2016 at 4:44 pm   This post has Comments Off on New-Video Update.

How NOT to learn to water your garden

These last many weeks with no rain remind me of my garden-coaching days, when I’d show clients how to hand-water the plants that need it. I’d explain the reasoning behind the amount of water to give each plant – that the root zone needs to be drenched – and...

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Posted by on September 11, 2015 at 8:17 am   This post has 8 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.

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.

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.