There’s a reason for these flowers

Have you been wondering what the deal was with the Olympic flowers? I have. When I first saw the yellow/chartreuse bouquets, I wondered if they had some kind of significance to Vancouver, because they are so unlike the traditional flowers you might expect—any color roses would be the norm, you’d think. Not that I’m disappointed […]

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Posted by on February 20, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 15 responses.

How Green are the Landscaping Practices on HGTV’s 2010 Green Home?

Guest Rant by Ginny Stibolt, the Transplanted Gardener I don't have cable and don't watch HGTV, except rarely on other people's TVs.  So maybe I've missed some of the details, but it appears that the landscaping for their 2010 green home in Plymouth, Mass. sets a bad example for...

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Posted by on February 10, 2010 at 9:37 am   This post has 18 responses.

LA Times on the “It’s Complicated” Garden

photo credit:  Melinda Sue Gordon, Universal Studios Great piece from the LA Times on Meryl Streep's character's garden in "It's Complicated." Director Nancy Meyers is known for her real-estate-porn-for-middle-aged-women approach to set design (remember Diane Keaton's house in "Something's Gotta Give"?)  Well, she took the same approach to this...

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Posted by on January 6, 2010 at 6:34 am   This post has 33 responses.

More on Pavord

I wanted to share the experience of talking to Pavord, because it was so much fun, and looking at the book, because it’s so fabulous. 

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Posted by on November 17, 2009 at 1:41 pm   This post has 4 responses.

I’m Watching Shirley’s Garden World Report

Quick hat-tip to Shirley Bovshow for bringing us the coolest new thing online in the gardening world – her weekly Garden World Report.  Started seemingly spontaneously at the garden writers event in Raleigh last month, the report's audience is growing fast and the show is becoming a Must-See for...

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Posted by on October 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm   This post has 10 responses.

Watch “Botany of Desire” Wednesday Oct 28 on PBS

Who else but master storyteller Michael Pollan could make evolutionary botany fascinating?  He did it in his book Botany of Desire, and does it again in a documentary of the book – airing on PBS next Wednesday 10/28 at 8 p.m. Eastern.  With the criminally articulate Pollan carrying the...

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Posted by on October 24, 2009 at 6:32 am   This post has 8 responses.

“Grass Nazi” on Penn & Teller Tonight

Anybody got "Showtime"?  Then tune in at 10:30 tonight for the Penn & Teller show, featuring one of our favorite topics – homeowner rules requiring perfect lawns – and tell us all about it.  I just hope the opening line in this trailer "Today lawns are more popular than...

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Posted by on August 20, 2009 at 8:00 am   This post has 9 responses.

Round-up of Carpentry and Beefcake on HgTV

Sure, I'm sometimes hard on HgTV – the lower-case G reflects their disappearing gardening content – but truth to tell, I'm still watching.  And lately I've explored some of the home improvement shows that get videotaped after my gardening shows on Sunday morning (hi, Paul!), and it turns out...

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Posted by on August 13, 2009 at 4:10 am   This post has 12 responses.

Up Next on CBS Sunday Morning

With any luck, it'll be Wicked Plants.  Here's the lineup for Sunday, barring breaking news.

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Posted by on July 31, 2009 at 11:17 am   This post has 2 responses.

The GardenRant Casting Couch

A GardenRant tipster tells us that Hollywood is searching for the next big sustainable vegetable gardening guru.  If you are hip, edgy, comfortable in front of a camera, and cool enough to connect with thirty-something locavores, this is the gig for you. They want somebody who's into growing their...

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Posted by on May 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm   This post has 14 responses.

Machismo in the Garden

  Ah, the good old days of HGTV on Sunday mornings, when there were two whole shows worth watching – perennial favorite Paul James and the always interesting Landscaper's Challenge.  Now there's still Paul – one episode, not two – but no more Challenge.  In its place is Yard...

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Posted by on April 25, 2009 at 4:32 am   This post has 34 responses.

Step away from the pansies

And here’s yet another installment in my on-going fascination will all things British. In between complaining about our own TV gardening shows (or lack thereof), it’s interesting to check in on what’s going on across the Atlantic, where they actually do have a primetime—and long-running—gardening show, Gardener’s World. GW...

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Posted by on April 21, 2009 at 4:56 am   This post has 15 responses.

Gardeners Protest Vanishing G on HGTV
April 13 – Be there!

Tina K is mad – especially about the impending disappearance of Paul James, her favorite TV gardening host – and she's not going to take it anymore!  So she's organizing a protest by gardeners, who'll all be emailing HGTV's programming VP and their advertisers on the same day –...

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Posted by on March 30, 2009 at 11:45 am   This post has 12 responses.

“Man Named Pearl” on HGTV
Sunday night 8 pm

In a fit of blogger fairmindedness, I'm ignoring all the rants I've written or read about HGTV and recommending you tune in to the channel tomorrow night to see a wonderful movie about the master pruner from South Carolina, Pearl Fryar (reviewed here).  Follow this link to HGTV's blurb about...

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Posted by on March 21, 2009 at 11:37 am   This post has 6 responses.

How TV gardening shows get it so wrong

After our lively discussion of the DIY Network's decision not to renew Joe Lamp'l's wonderful "Fresh from the Garden", with 65 commenters chiming in with their own complaints about TV gardening shows, I can't resist relating a recent incident I had with a home and garden show that I...

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Posted by on March 10, 2009 at 5:13 am   This post has 38 responses.

Mushroom Madness

YouTube won't let me embed it, but….sometimes you just need a video of freaky time-lapse fungal growth to get your Monday off to a good start.  Check it out.

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Posted by on February 16, 2009 at 6:30 am   This post has 5 responses.

Video game about flowers – really?

This week Sony will release a new Playstation game called “Flower,” which "explores the path of an urban flower that seeks to escape to the countryside."  Sony calls the game an "interactive poem, which uses abstract landscapes, and the flower is the gamer’s dream."  According to Wired, “Flower lets...

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Posted by on February 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm   This post has 19 responses.

Mrs. Greenthumbs: An Appreciation

My next-door neighbor recently said that she was stumped by design questions and that I should write a book about the subject. I laughed. If you want to know how to grow potatoes, I'm your woman. Design? No. Since most garden design books strike me as abstract to the...

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Posted by on January 16, 2009 at 12:40 am   This post has 29 responses.

Cabin fever, part I: The Teaflower

Here is my contribution to the Garden Rant library of instructional media. This was created not with a cool Flip device, but with my beat-up Olympus still camera (that happens to take video as well) and iMovie. Um … enjoy. I won’t be so brash as to promise any...

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Posted by on January 14, 2009 at 5:00 am   This post has 23 responses.

GardenRant TV (Or, Look What I Got for Christmas!)

So you all had very nice things to say about the great production quality of the Wicked Plants video my brother, an actual filmmaker, made. But today we’re slumming it in my backyard, where I am trying out the totally amazing Flip Mino HD I got for Christmas. I...

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Posted by on January 12, 2009 at 5:36 am   This post has 12 responses.
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