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*Fate Loves the Fearless: The Perennial Divine

A Pentecostal snake handler fell victim to natural selection in Middlesboro, Kentucky, on the same weekend I was attending a horticultural conference in Grünberg, Germany. Pity the poor pastor. The folks in Grünberg know better: Perennials are perfectly divine and much easier to handle than poisonous snakes. Mary Vaananen, my Jelitto Perennial Seeds colleague, and I […]

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Posted by on March 12, 2014 at 7:42 am   This post has 5 responses.

The Designer, Post-Makeover, Launches this Week

The smartypants team at the Association of Professional Landscape Designers has something fabulous for us all, and it’s free.  It’s their totally new and stunning digital magazine The Designer, which launches later this week. (But you can subscribe now.)  I got a sneak peak and can attest to the...

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Posted by on March 10, 2014 at 11:00 am   This post has 13 responses.

“Best Philadelphia Flower Show Ever”

With the theme of Articulture – the interpretation of art through horticulture – this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show (the oldest continuing and largest indoor flower show in the world) is being raved about.  One rave by Susan Cohan caught my attention because she’s no pushover.  But the “best ever”...

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Posted by on March 7, 2014 at 10:15 am   This post has 9 responses.

Garden and Nature Photos for the Snowbound Gardener

The winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year  have apparently been announced, though from the website and press information online there’s no telling when that happened.  So this may not be news at all, but so what?  The images are a welcome sight as I look out...

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Cork-Popping and Other News

Hey folks!  I’ve been meaning to drop back in and explain my unexplained absence.  Well, now it’s official, and I can tell you:  I just signed a book deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a series of novels based on the true story of a woman in the early...

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Posted by on February 8, 2014 at 5:23 am   This post has 8 responses.

The Public Food Forest: Clever Solution or Future Flop?

Public food forests are a shiny new trend in the United States. Focused on perennial crops such as fruit- and nut-bearing trees and shrubs, they embody the values of permaculture (which I’ve touted elsewhere) : generosity, abundance, good health and nutrition, and food security. If they are developed and...

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Posted by on February 5, 2014 at 3:49 am   This post has 26 responses.

Celebrating the New Year with a Giant Potato

No need for me and my fellow Idahoans to sit at home and watch the New Yorkers having all the fun… now Boise has a locally grown New Year’s Eve tradition: an evening of magic shows, live music, street food, and general merrymaking, capped off by dropping a giant...

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Posted by on January 1, 2014 at 4:42 am   This post has 11 responses.

Merry Christmas from the White House!

From a recent visitor to the  White House, to be more precise.  Yes, that’s me standing beneath the presidential seal (major photo-op), and on the left is the grand north entrance.  If I’d planned ahead and contacted my congressman I could have taken the White House tour with the...

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Posted by on December 25, 2013 at 8:29 am   This post has 3 responses.

Decorating Time, White House Version

Just how it’s done in MY house.  Yours too, I bet. Next, Bo does his final inspection. Possible Gardenblogger Report! I’ve never been inside the White House when it’s all dolled-up for the “holidays,” so I looked into it and discovered that 1, it takes congressional intervention and that...

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Posted by on December 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm   This post has 4 responses.

Lawn-Mowing as a Patriotic Act

Google “lawn mower guy” and you’ll find dozens of stories about Chris Cox, shown here mowing around the Lincoln Memorial.  He became a local and national hero when he single-handedly mowed around memorials during the recent government shutdown.  Worried about public safety and vandalism at the monuments, at first...

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Posted by on November 15, 2013 at 9:04 am   This post has 14 responses.

Lawn Pesticides Outlawed!

My former hometown, the leftie enclave of Takoma Park, Maryland, has made big news, y’all!  Since passing the Safe Grow Zone Act last summer it became the first town in the U.S. to outlaw lawn pesticides on not just public but also private land.  Some jurisdictions – in Connecticut,...

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Posted by on November 8, 2013 at 7:57 am   This post has 16 responses.

The Scarecrows of Nashville

In honor of Halloween, here are just a few of the many fun scarecrows I saw last weekend at Nashville’s Cheekwood Gardens.  They’re the creations of area school children and were big hits with the kids I was with. I’ll have more from Nashville in tomorrow’s post.

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Posted by on October 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm   This post has one response.

Tombstone as Landscape Feature

Continuing our theme of burial sites, there’s one in a small Alabama town that’s making national news. Patty Davis knew just where she wanted to be buried – just off his front porch, and that’s just what her devoted husband of 48 years did.  Trouble is, he asked permission...

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Posted by on October 24, 2013 at 8:13 am   This post has 15 responses.

Rant on the Road: Charlotte, Birmingham, Back to Charlotte, and Back to Denver!

I’m in Charlotte this week, and on from there–and that’s not all!  Lots more event dates to come–the whole list is here. And–the Wicked Plants exhibit in Hickory, NC is the same one you might have seen at the North Carolina Arboretum.  It’s traveling the country how, headed all...

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Posted by on October 23, 2013 at 5:31 am   This post has 2 responses.

White House Kitchen Garden in Shutdown Mode

On the White House food policy blog Obama Foodorama, this post about the condition of the kitchen garden is making headlines.  Seriously.  Are people surprised that gardens need regular staff time or they’ll go to weed?  Maybe readers are glad to see that even this famous garden turns into...

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Posted by on October 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm   This post has 15 responses.

Rant on the Road: DC, Atlanta, Charlotte

I’m in the DC area this week, then it’s off to Atlanta, Charlotte, and a bunch of other places you can find here.  Lots of Drunken Botanist fun, many fine drinks to be served.  Hope to see you. October 16 2013 06:00 PM — Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore, MD The...

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One Bright Spot in Shutdown for a Family Nursery

Here in Shutdown Central, ground zero for political craziness (the D.C. metro area, of course), everyone is either a federal employee or knows lots of them, all of whom now know that they’ll eventually be paid for time off during the Shutdown.  But how about government contractors and people...

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Rant on the Road: Denver, DC

I’m in Denver now and heading to DC next week.  If you’re in the area, drop by!  There might even be a drink in it for you.  Full list of upcoming events here. October 09 2013 06:00 PM — Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO Drunken Botanist lecture October 10...

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Posted by on October 9, 2013 at 5:17 am   This post has Comments Off.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Shuts Down Science Department

­ On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at the direction of President Scot Medbury, Vice Presidents of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) notified four staff that they had been fired. The administration also chose to shutter and relocate the 330,000 specimen herbarium, cited in botanical literature as BKL, and suspend...

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Posted by Chris Kreussling on October 5, 2013 at 9:50 am   This post has 3 responses.

Rant on the Road: Livermore, Denver

Hey people!  I’ll be in Livermore, CA, and then in Denver for a bunch of events, including a garden-to-glass workshop for gardeners, bartenders, and anyone with their loyalties in both camps.  Hope to see you there.  Lots more events to come–here’s the whole list. October 08 2013 07:30 PM...

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Posted by on October 5, 2013 at 5:10 am   This post has one response.
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