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Seen at the “OFA Short Course”

Welcome to the business side of gardening – the trade show!  First let’s get the name out of the way first – because what kind of name for a trade show is “OFA Short Course”?  See, it started 85 years ago as the Ohio Florist Association show, but it grew into something huge and international, […]

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Posted by on July 26, 2013 at 9:45 am   This post has 9 responses.

Reality show “Long Island Landscapers”?

And I was totally going to watch it – once,  just to report on it here. This is just one of several mock ads for reality shows promoting public television.  Keep fighting the good fight, PBS!

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Posted by on July 19, 2013 at 8:50 am   This post has 4 responses.

San Francisco Fling Debriefing

Finally caught up on my sleep after a red-eye into Baltimore, I’m ready to savor my photos and memories from the 6th annual Garden Blogger Fling, which was fabulous. The gang posed above for the traditional group photo – this time by Saxon Holt, who also gave a workshop...

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Posted by on July 5, 2013 at 10:43 am   This post has 16 responses.

Crimes and Ethical Dilemmas in the News

Two items in Sunday’s papers caught my interest, and possibly yours.  “Metro edict choking Phantom Planter’s blooms” in the Washington Post really warmed my heart – except for the part about Metro.  Part-time lawyer Henry Doctor has been planting flowering plants in the 176 otherwise abandoned little planters along...

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Posted by on June 25, 2013 at 8:31 am   This post has 12 responses.

Bless All Parks Big and Small

There is a friendly dispute going on about who has the smallest…umm…park. That’s a big deal. In the U.S., Portland’s Mill Ends Park lays claim to the Lilliputian prize (2’ in diameter), but a challenge has come from Prince’s Park (15’ x 30’) in Burntwood, England. “Wait a minute,”...

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Posted by on June 6, 2013 at 8:24 am   This post has 11 responses.

Win a bouquet from an American Rose Farm – and keep Valentine’s Day local

by Debra Prinzing  Read on to WIN ONE DOZEN AMERICAN ROSES Post a comment here about why American-grown flowers are important to you! You might just win one dozen gorgeous roses from Oregon or California! We have rose donations from Eufloria Flowers and Peterkort Roses. Two winners will be...

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Posted by on February 7, 2013 at 5:34 am   This post has 90 responses.

Love Downton, but Where are the Gardens?

Guest Rant by Layanee DeMerchant I confess; I’m caught up in the romance and intrigue of the PBS series, “Downton Abbey.” I’m enjoying the fashion, the opulence and the stunning backdrop of a castle, on top of the great acting and the fascinating changes going on in British society...

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Posted by on January 19, 2013 at 8:43 am   This post has 52 responses.

2012: Fads, fancies, and realities

Admitted: I don’t pay as much attention to the gardening scene as those who actually make their living from it—designers, growers, retailers, full-time gardening writers. But maybe that’s a good thing, because for me to notice, a phenomenon has to achieve at least a dull roar. So here’s what...

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Posted by on December 31, 2012 at 8:00 am   This post has 9 responses.

Lots of Gardening at the Green Festival

It’s Green Festival time in DC (and for LA and SF) and I stopped by to see what’s going on in the gardening world and was pleased to find more garden-related vendors than usual.  (Though among speakers, not so much.) First, I discovered some local gardening coaches at Love...

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Posted by on October 9, 2012 at 10:05 am   This post has 4 responses.

Down with Foreign Fertilizer!?

Like all of you, I haven’t read the Republican platform and won’t read the Democratic one, either, but some journalists DO, and one newspaper helpfully listed what they consider the 10 oddest items in the Republican Platform.  And darned if number 4 isn’t right on topic for us gardeners:...

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Posted by on September 4, 2012 at 7:16 am   This post has 26 responses.

Martha Teichner gets Tangled in Weeds on CBS Sunday Morning

UPDATE:  If you missed the show, here’s the story about weeds.  And to answer a commenter asking about a book mentioned, it’s Foraged Flavor by Wong. From CBS, via press release: To some, weeds are the scourge of the earth, killing precious crops along the way. To others, however,...

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Posted by on August 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm   This post has 6 responses.

Lawns in the News, and Flower-Arranging Comes to PBS

TV Show about Lawns in Development We’ve been ranting for years now about the dearth of gardening shows on TV, so imagine my surprise to hear there’s a new show about lawns coming from Country Music Television!  Yeah, I’d never heard of them, either, but I’m told they’re the...

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Posted by on August 14, 2012 at 9:35 am   This post has 6 responses.

“Big Name” Gardening Website Coming Soon

Recently this message went out to the Yahoo group of one of Washington’s tonier neighborhoods, with the title “Beautiful perennial garden in back yard needed for TV Commercial.” Would anyone be interested in having a tv commercial shot in their back yard one day around the third week in...

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Posted by on July 24, 2012 at 7:00 am   This post has 13 responses.

Garden Party

I’ve been blabbing away about Garden Walk Buffalo, which is a free tour of only 380 or so gardens. What I should have mentioned is that is is the centerpiece of a larger, month-long garden festival that offers 1,000 gardens to visitors, including a a weekly Open...

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 at 7:19 am   This post has Comments Off.

Rant on the Road: Iowa City, New Orleans, Corte Madera

All three of these are festivals or conferences of some sort; you either have to register or otherwise make plans to attend.  But anyway, just in case you’re coming, I’ll see you at: July 13 2012 — Iowa City Book Festival, Iowa City, IA Check website for a complete...

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Posted by on July 11, 2012 at 7:00 am   This post has Comments Off.

HGTV as fake as we always thought

Like many of you, I stopped watching garden shows on HGTV when they effectively dropped the “G”.  But during my recent adventure in the buying and selling of houses – one each – I watched their real estate shows like a crazywoman.  Could not get enough of them, as...

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Posted by on June 20, 2012 at 10:49 am   This post has 41 responses.

Garden Rant 1.0 is dead—long live the new Garden Rant

We are shutting down this Typepad blog and unveiling a new WordPress website—probably by Monday a.m.  You won’t see new content here Friday-Sunday, because our IT guy, Steve Ansell, will be completing the switch over the weekend. The new site will feature daily feeds from other gardening-related sites, as...

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Posted by on May 31, 2012 at 8:18 am   This post has 13 responses.

Turfgrass Infomercial at the National Arboretum?

Readers, please help me figure out how to react to this – a federal arboretum promoting lawns and instructing visitors in lawn care. Besides the stated intention of promoting lawn, my other cause for concern is who’s behind this – the National Turfgrass Federation.  That’s the lobby for the turfgrass industry (think...

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Posted by on April 16, 2012 at 5:05 am   This post has 21 responses.

Still More Earthworm Madness!

Andrew Keys continues his podcast series, Garden Confidential, with–guess what?  Earthworms! He and I chatted about all things wormy a while back, and if you just haven't had enough worms already this week, you'd better head over to Fine Gardening's website and check that out.

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Posted by on March 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm   This post has one response.

ProFlowers in the News

Would you believe it – plants are hot news again, and so soon after Michigan trees had their moment in the sun. This time it's the red hot controversy over ProFlowers' sponsorship of Rush Limbaugh's radio show. (If you've been in the Outback for the last week or so,...

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Posted by on March 6, 2012 at 5:03 am   This post has 30 responses.
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