Really, a movie about garden gnomes? In 3D?

  When I first heard about the movie "Gnomeo and Juliet", I wasn't exactly optimistic about a movie about garden gnomes, especially if it's in 3D.  But here's what NPR's Kenneth Turan has to say about it: What's in a name, after all? No one could be more surprised than I was to discover that […]

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Posted by on February 14, 2011 at 4:43 am   This post has 9 responses.

Bring coleus back, bring it back tonight

Technically, it’s been solenostemon for years, but I don’t know anyone, even the most die-hard of botanical name purists, refer to it as anything but coleus. And that’s the way it should be. Joseph/Greensparrow Gardens has similar feelings about this and other preemptory and seemingly arbitrary scientific name changes....

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Posted by on February 12, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 6 responses.

English Garden Tools. We love them, yeah, yeah, yeah…

Imagine my delight when Clarington Forge sent a box of English garden tools all the way to northern California.  Genevieve Schmidt of NorthCoastGardening is known for making actual useful, instructive videos about garden tools–not the kind of rambling, intoxicated things we normally do on GardenRant — so Gen and...

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Posted by on December 1, 2010 at 3:32 am   This post has 33 responses.

Are Goats Stealing Landscaping Jobs?

I love this Goats v. Landscapers story on the Colbert Report.  You'll meet the Soprano-like owner of a yard maintenance company and a goat-services entrepreneur named Tammy.  The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c People Destroying America- Goats Steal Landscaping Jobs www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010...

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Posted by on October 16, 2010 at 8:11 am   This post has 9 responses.

We Watched the Oprah Audition Tapes So You Don’t Have To.

As you have no doubt heard by now, Oprah is holding an open casting call for would-be hosts for her new network.  Even the front runners are not particularly slick–I'm amazed that people who want to have their own TV show don't even bother to find a nice background...

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Posted by on July 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm   This post has 9 responses.

Inside 1-800-FLOWERS at 9 Tonight

I've never watched CBS's Undercover Boss but tonight's boss is in the flower biz, so I'll be there.  9 Eastern.

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Posted by on April 11, 2010 at 7:56 am   This post has 8 responses.

Paul James after Two Martinis

Well, look who’s trying some Maryland crab cakes at a Baltimore pub but The Gardener Guy himself, Paul James!  Yes, Paul was my date Saturday night for some serious drinking and eating after his talk at a home show not far from me. Now it may take a while...

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Posted by on March 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm   This post has 13 responses.

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,...

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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.
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