timebank3

How to Barter Gardening Expertise for Home Repairs and Soup

Timebanks are being created all across the U.S. so that people can help members of their community in whatever way they can, and get help in return, though probably not from the person they helped. Hours spent helping are banked, and all skills are treated the same. Timebanks are a bit subversive that way, treating […]

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on February 20, 2015 at 9:48 am   This post has 14 responses.

The Best Garden Show of All

I don’t enjoy ranting and would much rather rave — about, for example, the glorious iridescent slug traceries on the pavers of my courtyard this morning. However, that will have to wait for some future date, because today’s topic is home and garden shows. My tendency has been to...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Taking Your Gardening Dollar, What's Happening
Posted by on February 17, 2015 at 7:59 pm   This post has 14 responses.

Talking up Gardens at the Visitors Bureau

Most public gardens in DC are little known to locals and never promoted to visitors (in contrast to the super-hyped cherry trees or to be exact, their short-lived blossoms).  And unlike most cities, our large, popular gardens are FREE.  Sadly, they don’t have the funds to let people know...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Public Gardens
Posted by on February 13, 2015 at 8:22 am   This post has 20 responses.

My Epigenetic Epiphany and the Gingko Hermaphrodite

  High up in a white pine last summer, on our farm in Salvisa, Kentucky, I spotted something odd. I called my neighbor Otis Knox and asked him if he’d ever seen a Witches’ Broom. He came down to investigate. I pointed toward the 30” diameter growth. Otis said...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Science Says, What's Happening
Posted by on February 11, 2015 at 6:20 am   This post has 17 responses.

Gratitude in the Eye of this Storm

This week I’m in a flurry — finalizing talks, sending off handouts and invoices, and making the last travel arrangements for presentations at spring events across the country. It’s amazing to think ahead to April when, having logged dozens of hours in transit, I will (if all goes well)...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Taking Your Gardening Dollar, What's Happening
Posted by on February 4, 2015 at 4:54 am   This post has 5 responses.

Shout-out to 2 A-Way-to-Garden Podcasts

Here’s some winter interest for ya – catching up with gardening podcasts!  Which I don’t believe we’ve mentioned here on the Rant since 2010, so it’s high time, with this being called the Golden Age of Podcasts and all.  And did iPhone users notice that the newest version of the...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Tune In
Posted by on January 23, 2015 at 8:28 am   This post has one response.

PPA Brings out the Bawlmer Spirit in MANTS-Goers

The annual orgy of plant worship and fun times – the Perennial Plant Association symposium - is happening in Baltimore this year and the Flock is Gathering - in high Pink Flamingo and Big Hair. That was all on display this week at the big Mid-Atlantic  Nursery Trade Show, where garden diva Janet Draper...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on January 16, 2015 at 7:59 am   This post has 3 responses.

Got to Scrape the Shit Right Off Your Shoes

It was cold in Louisville last week with morning lows near zero and daytime temperatures struggling to reach the 20s. Rufus had to do his business a half-dozen times each day. That meant I bundled up in four or five layers of clothing to go outside. There’s plenty in...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Real Gardens, What's Happening
Posted by on January 14, 2015 at 6:45 am   This post has 9 responses.

Regional Garden at the U.S. Botanic Garden at Eight

As a regular visitor to the U.S. Botanic Garden, I’ve come to love its spacious Regional Garden very gradually since installation was completed in the fall of 2006.     Now in its eight year it’s stunning, and has lots to teach us about the two regional soil zones it...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Public Gardens
Posted by on January 9, 2015 at 7:41 am   This post has 4 responses.

Who Will See the Canopy for the Trees?

  Louisville, Kentucky is on Fodor’s 2015 travel “Go List.”  Forget about Antarctica and Iceland. You want a hot spot? My hometown is unquestionably the hot spot among the top 25 travel destinations. Louisville ranks among the Top Five cities in the country with hottest urban heat islands. Some...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Ministry of Controversy, What's Happening
Posted by on January 8, 2015 at 5:06 am   This post has 15 responses.

“Peace Love 2015″ from Mosquito-Battling New Gardener

Meet my new neighbor, Lindsey Dodson, who moved into what she calls “My Happy House” after 30 years of apartment living in the city.  When asked about the outfit she’s wearing, she wrote that “Yes I actually did wear that outfit a lot this past summer. I get bitten...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on January 1, 2015 at 8:31 am   This post has 11 responses.

How Public Gardens get Gorgeous for the Holidays

Most people assume that gardens can’t look good in the winter – at least where there IS winter.  But Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Northern Virginia is here to disprove that notion, with photos by their volunteer “resident photographer,” Tom Stovall.  First, some shots of their Winter Walk of Lights,...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Public Gardens
Posted by on December 24, 2014 at 4:26 pm   This post has 8 responses.

Don’t be a bad botanical gardens board member like me

At the end of this year, I will have completed my two allotted terms on the board of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. I use the strictly technical meaning of the term “completed.” My name has appeared on the list of board of directors on the BECBG...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Public Gardens
Posted by on December 15, 2014 at 9:08 am   This post has 2 responses.

Swarthmore: One of the Most Beautiful Campuses in America

I first visited and fell in love with the Scott Arboretum, covering the entire campus of Swarthmore College, back in 2008 when I visited for a talk on lawn alternatives.  I finally made a return visit last month when I attended its annual Perennial Plant Conference, where some of the top...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Public Gardens, Real Gardens
Posted by on November 20, 2014 at 6:07 am   This post has 8 responses.

Travels with Rufus

  John Steinbeck crossed the country with Charley in 1960. I rode to Louisville last month, from Pennsylvania, with Rufus. Steinbeck, who wrote Travels with Charley, made the road trip with his standard poodle in a camper truck. I took Rufus home in a rental car. I met Rufus...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Real Gardens, What's Happening
Posted by on November 12, 2014 at 7:01 am   This post has 10 responses.

Protecting Turfgrass from Springsteen Fans is One Huge Job

Tonight, in celebration of Veterans Day, one huge concert will take place on the National Mall, with headliners like Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna and Eminem. You can watch live it on HBO if you’re a cable subscriber, whether or not you pay extra for HBO. Or if you live nearby you can...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on November 11, 2014 at 8:42 am   This post has 6 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...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: I Don't Have a Garden, but I Watch One on TV
Posted by on October 23, 2014 at 7:33 am   This post has 6 responses.

Meeting Animals

You may not be surprised to hear that, though I adore plants, I garden primarily for animals and the life they bring to a place. Growing up, I was taught by my mother to treat animals gently and respectfully, whether they are pets or wild creatures. Mom and I...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Public Gardens, Unusually Clever People
Posted by on October 3, 2014 at 1:11 am   This post has 5 responses.

Partying with the Friends House Gardeners

GardenRant has a core of engaged readers who comment on our posts (and we thank you!) but the other 2,000 or so daily readers are unknown to us. So it was a nice surprise to be contacted out of the blue by Rant reader Lucille Ridlon, inviting me to...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on September 12, 2014 at 7:50 am   This post has 7 responses.

Driving Alaska with My Three Miss Daisies

  Bears loomed large last month in Alaska, but there was more danger lurking for a scrapulation.* Close quarters and too much family togetherness always make for a menacing vacation threat. Rose, my daughter Molly, granddaughter Story and I spent ten days driving around south central Alaska. I’m happy...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on September 10, 2014 at 5:37 am   This post has 8 responses.
« Previous        |        Next »
  • Follow Garden Rant

    Follow Me on Pinterest RSS