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 won't name (notice the restraint). The […]

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
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.

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
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...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
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...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
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...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
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...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
Posted by on January 12, 2009 at 5:36 am   This post has 12 responses.

Cows are Plants!

This is just some silly YouTube nonsense for your Monday morning.  My favorite line: "Many plants emit sounds.  The South American dwarf pelargonia emit a clicking sound when seeding." OK, and I will add, in response to comments: if you’re not, say, a Southpark fan, you probably won’t love...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
Posted by on November 24, 2008 at 6:43 am   This post has 5 responses.

Pragmatism or idealism: a debate from across the Atlantic

Here’s an interesting if minor controversy going on in the world of U.K. gardening show Gardener’s World. While the previous presenter Monty Don was a resolute advocate of organic practices (assuming a definition of “organic” most of us can go along with), new host Toby Buckland, who has a...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Ministry of Controversy, Videos
Posted by on September 28, 2008 at 9:27 am   This post has 16 responses.

Chicken Day: Ira Glass Is Won Over

Here for your entertainment today are a variety of chicken-themed posts.  We begin with one of my favorites, an interview on Letterman with Ira Glass about his new-found love of poultry.

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
Posted by on September 25, 2008 at 5:30 am   This post has one response.

A topic that will not go gently

Judy Lowe, who blogs for the Christian Science Monitor, takes up the issue of gardening shows on HGTV, commenting maybe the solution isn’t trying to get national TV to cover more gardening, but to encourage regional programs that can produce what the people of its area really want and...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Ministry of Controversy, Videos
Posted by on September 17, 2008 at 11:00 am   This post has 24 responses.

All together now: plurkers rant about H“G”TV

Will the evil networkmeisters notice? Probably not, but a bunch of garden bloggers are synchronizing posts aimed at the lack of garden coverage on HGTV. A group of us who talk about gardening (and a lot of other things) on the Plurk.com chat network are telling everybody what we...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Ministry of Controversy, Videos
Posted by on September 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm   This post has 34 responses.

New garden poster guy across the pond

Why do I even care about this? I will probably never see this show—when I travel to England I don’t watch TV—yet I am interested to hear that Gardener’s World has hired a new presenter. Following in the footsteps of Alan Titchmarsh and Monty Don is Toby Buckland, a...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
Posted by on August 20, 2008 at 5:00 am   This post has 9 responses.

Mickey Sprays Pesticides, Bugs Get Drunk on Poison

OK, this one’s even better. From 1935. I’m speechless.

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
Posted by on June 5, 2008 at 7:57 am   This post has 5 responses.

Disney Flowers & Trees

Maybe it’s just been a long week, but I find this 1932 Disney animation short weirdly compelling.

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
Posted by on June 5, 2008 at 5:49 am   This post has 5 responses.

Grow Your Own

Did anyone see this 2007 British film?  Not available on Netflix as far as I can tell.  As gardening films go, it looks  promising.

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
Posted by on June 2, 2008 at 8:17 am   This post has 9 responses.

It’s not fair

My name is Elizabeth and I am an anglophile. There. I own the entire DVD set of Upstairs Downstairs, not to mention the Irish RM and Mapp & Lucia. I have read all of Austen, Dickens and Trollope (most twice) and my Netflix queue includes every possible adaptation of...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
Posted by on May 25, 2008 at 5:33 am   This post has 17 responses.

The TV Deal No One’s Offered Us

Not that anyone’s asked, but… If GardenRant had a TV show, what would it look like? I was outside pulling weeds the other day, thinking of this very thing.  Here’s what I’d do:  It would be in the style of a late night talk show, with a host (one...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
Posted by on May 19, 2008 at 5:30 am   This post has 21 responses.

Playing With Your Food

You can thank me later. OK, one more: Oh god, there’s a radish. 

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
Posted by on May 15, 2008 at 8:28 am   This post has 8 responses.

Does DIY Rock?

Normally I would delete an email with the words "New Gardening Shows on DIY Network" in the subject line. And even if I did open the email, I would be highly suspicious of an opening line like:  "Being a Northern Californian, I’m not sure you’re as excited as I...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
Posted by on April 21, 2008 at 5:49 am   This post has 11 responses.

My favorite gardening movies

This is the lane to Montacute, which was used as a Sense and Sensibility location, and which we visited in 04. Actually, I don’t have any, not movies that are actually about gardening, that is. I don’t choose movies for gardening subject matter but I do pay attention—quite intently,...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Videos
Posted by on March 2, 2008 at 9:00 am   This post has 21 responses.
« Previous        |        Next »
  • Follow Garden Rant

    Follow Me on Pinterest RSS