Championing natives—worldwide

You may remember that I posted on British gardening celeb Monty Don’s Around the World in 80 Gardens show, complaining that it was not available in the U.S. It’s still not, and we still don’t have anything close to this show, in terms of its thoughtful survey of indigenous gardens throughout the world. Turns out, […]

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Posted by on April 27, 2008 at 5:00 am   This post has 10 responses.

MonkeySee Update:
Dave Epstein’s Got Videos!

by Susan Finally, MonkeySee, the how-to video site I’m working with as gardening editor, has been launched publicly with a full-bore media campaign and viewers are finding it.  So how’s our gardening coverage coming?  Well, while production of new videos is awaiting the start of the season, we’re very...

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Posted by on January 26, 2008 at 4:09 am   This post has Comments Off.

MonkeySee Videos are Up!

by SusanLast spring a new how-to video website asked me to write and appear in a gardening video and suggested the topic "how to create and take care of a garden."  Sure, coming right up, I said.  Then it sank in that this would be no simple show-and-tell, that...

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Posted by on October 23, 2007 at 4:39 am   This post has 7 responses.

Line-up of Gardening Experts at MonkeySee

by SusanWhen I first caught a glimpse of my video post-production, the notion came to me that that this new how-to site could be a vehicle for teaching the public about gardening, especially environmentally responsible gardening.  We could stop  ranting about the many failures of HGTV and do something. ...

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Posted by on October 23, 2007 at 2:50 am   This post has one response.

Nude gardening in Happy Valley

Want more readers?  Here’s how to get yourself on CNN!  From their site: Gardener bares it allHappy Valley, Oregon residents are not so happy with a neighbor who likes to garden in the nude.  Affiliate KGW reports. And here’s the link.  No, you don’t have to clear the kids...

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Posted by on October 4, 2007 at 3:06 pm   This post has 3 responses.

This Week in Garden News

In case you missed it, check out Ketzel Levine’s Morning Edition story on xeriscaping .  On her blog she thanks listeners for "helping me get a story on the air about xeriscaping." What made it difficult to convince NPR?  Did the topic seem to obscure or not obscure enough?...

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Posted by on September 6, 2007 at 6:05 am   This post has 10 responses.

A Shout-Out to Ketzel Levine

NPR junkies know that Portland garden writer Ketzel Levine has been reporting on gardens and plants for some time now.  This morning she contributed a piece on gardens and climate change that included an interview with Tony Avent and a profile of one plant that’s doing much better in...

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Posted by on June 28, 2007 at 1:39 pm   This post has 4 responses.

Edible Estates and the Foti Family

This just in from Treehugger TV– a short video on the Edible Estates project and the Foti family. More in our ongoing discussion about–well, ripping out the lawn, for starters. And when you’re done with that, check out Treehugger’s radio interview with Ed Begley, Jr.  

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Posted by on April 26, 2007 at 6:06 am   This post has 6 responses.

Garden discourse high and low

“We have come to see ourselves as being outside of nature,” says Prince Charles in this month’s Vanity Fair, and although I’m not a huge fan of his RH, I see plenty of signs of the alienation to which he refers. Not just when it comes to global warming,...

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Posted by on April 18, 2007 at 4:47 am   This post has 30 responses.

Rant on the Radio

A few months ago, I had a chance to do a live radio broadcast from the Santa Fe Farmers Market with Bob Ross, landscape architect, garden design consultant, and host of KSFR’s "Gardens, Food, and Santa Fe."  (Well, actually, I was live, and he was live, but the show...

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Posted by on October 29, 2006 at 1:31 pm   This post has one response.

More on Garden Podcasts

Check out my story in Saturday’s San Francisco Chronicle about the Wiggly Wigglers podcast.  You can also find out about other garden podcasts, including the super-cool Geek.Farm.Life.

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Posted by on September 25, 2006 at 3:23 pm   This post has one response.

Podcasters: Let’s Hear From You!

We’ve been covering crazy Internet garden videos and garden TV for a while, but now it’s time to get into garden-related podcasts.  I’m working on a newspaper article on the subject, and after I wrap that up there will be some expanded garden podcast coverage here on GardenRant. So...

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Posted by on September 13, 2006 at 11:54 am   This post has 4 responses.

“Beauty Food” – Beautiful and Inspiring

Roger Doinon and his Kitchen Gardeners International are doing some amazing things and why haven’t I heard about it before?  I just learned about his work via the garden writers listserv, almost hidden among all the preconference chatter.  His video "Beauty Food" BLEW ME AWAY.  And folks, I’m no...

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Posted by on August 25, 2006 at 7:36 pm   This post has 3 responses.

And You Think Fighting Snails Is Tough?

NPR’s Ketzel Levine delivered a sobering report on soldiers tending gardens in a war zone.  She interviewed Kenneth Helphand, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Oregon, who wrote a book called Defiant Gardens about gardens on the front.  Japanese gardeners in West Coast internment camps, Nazi concentration...

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Posted by on June 12, 2006 at 7:54 pm   This post has 3 responses.
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