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.

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: GardenRant Airwaves, Unusually Clever People
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,...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on March 6, 2012 at 5:03 am   This post has 30 responses.

Rant on the Road: Pennsylvania and Ohio

The North Museum is doing a very cool bug exhibit that includes a bit of wickedness–a traveling art exhibit based on Wicked Bugs, using original etchings from the book. And then I'm on to Ohio.  See you there?   March 1, 2012, 7 PM North Museum of Natural History...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on February 29, 2012 at 10:25 am   This post has 2 responses.

Tree Height in the News

Michigan's just-right trees – red maple and butternut It's not every day that plants are playas in presidential politics, so let's pause to enjoy the spotlight shone on  trees by Mitt Romney, who explained his love of Michigan this way – "The trees are the right height" – before...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on February 28, 2012 at 7:36 am   This post has 14 responses.

Rant on the Road: Walnut Creek, CA

This'll be my first time at The Gardens at Heather Farm.  Looks like a lovely spot. Do come out and say hello if you're in the neighborhood, and check out their speaker series here. February 23, 2012 7 PM The Gardens at Heather Farm Walnut Creek, CA

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on February 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm   This post has 2 responses.

You Can Grow That! Blog Campaign Launches

C.L.'s front garden on Cape Cod. by C.L. FornariBloggers need topics to write about and the gardening “industry” could use a boost. I have a proposal to help with both. Every month there will be a “Garden Bloggers Grow That” day. Four words (You Can Grow That!) on the...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on February 11, 2012 at 5:37 am   This post has 20 responses.

Rant on the Road: Newport News, VA

I'm off to the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course, one of those horticultural gatherings that ends up being a who's who of botanists, entomologists, garden writers, and industry people.This year, Thursday's programming includes a whole day for home gardeners focused entirely on bugs.  Imagine my excitement. If you're going to...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on January 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm   This post has one response.

Scotts Fined for Knowingly Selling Toxic Bird Seed

Wow, Scotts is in the news again, with this announcement of their $4.5 milion fine for selling pesticide-laden bird food, and falsifying their EPA paperwork about it, no less. So, back to the hot topic of Scotts being the National Wildlife Federation's new best friend, here's the NWF's statement...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on January 27, 2012 at 11:46 am   This post has 14 responses.

Everyone Furious at National Wildlife Federation!

The yard Scotts wants us to have.  No wildlife allowed. Wow, I've never seen so much spontaneous action by gardenbloggers for an important cause as the sh*itstorm that's erupted over the NWF's decision to take money from/give greenwashing cred to Scotts Miracle-Gro. Others have covered this thoroughly, so I'll...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on January 26, 2012 at 6:00 am   This post has 25 responses.

When zoos teach gardening, do they get it right?

On my visit to the National Zoo last October, I discovered something new and previously unimagined – a whole exhibit about wildlife in our backyards.  How to encourage and protect critters.  Good stuff. So, what do you all think of their advice?  Especially this part:  "Don't apply fertilizers, pesticides...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on January 17, 2012 at 5:09 am   This post has 23 responses.

Martin Luther King Memorial as Landscape

I recently visited D.C.'s new and long-awaited Martin Luther King Memorial.  In the words of its designers, "the entire MLK Memorial is conceived in a landscape tradition, characteristic of other recent memorials, such as the FDR and the Vietnam Veterans War Memorials. This approach, which utilizes the contouring of...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on January 10, 2012 at 4:15 am   This post has 7 responses.

A Chance to See “A Man Named Pearl” on Sunday

Susan has written about this movie before, here and here. Now the folks at Oprah's OWN network have contacted us to share a trailer and let us know that it will be airing on Sunday.  Check it out:   Watch the Trailer for A Man Named Pearl That pretty...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: I Don't Have a Garden, but I Watch One on TV, Unusually Clever People
Posted by on December 15, 2011 at 3:58 am   This post has 12 responses.

News Roundup: Fake Trees, Fake Lawns, No Lawn, and More

War on Artificial Turf In lawn news, something I can never get enough of, the town of Glendale, California has banned artificial grass due to "potential health hazards presented by high levels of lead".  But get this – they banned it only in front yards.  "When asked why the...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on December 13, 2011 at 3:58 am   This post has 22 responses.

What Gardeners are Thankful for

For my Thanksgiving week post I went Googling for the terms "gardeners thankful" to find out what I should be mentioning at the dinner table on Thursday, and found plenty to agree with.  Like these what-I'm-thankful-for items from across the country: Local garden centers, horticulture experts, and mail-order suppliers,...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on November 22, 2011 at 6:44 am   This post has 11 responses.

Announcing: Michelle Obama’s Gardening Book!

Good news! Our First Lady is now a garden writer, having penned what will no doubt be a popular book that answers all our questions about her kitchen garden (we're hoping) while encouraging readers to grow food, eat well and get moving.  It'll be available from Crown Publishers in...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on November 8, 2011 at 5:37 am   This post has 6 responses.

Andrew Keys–Back and Better Than Ever

I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Keys when I was in Boston last month, and he is every bit as charming in person as he is on the air.  His fantastic podcast, which has been on hiatus while he moved from Horticulture to Fine Gardening, is back.  So...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: GardenRant Airwaves, Unusually Clever People
Posted by on November 3, 2011 at 10:08 am   This post has Comments Off.

Another campaign to save another besieged garden

Another garden is under attack by law enforcement – but this time the gardener is a high school math teacher using the garden to teach his students all sorts of skills, from food-growing to soap-making and beekeeping.  You can guess what happened next – a story in the Memphis...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on September 19, 2011 at 12:09 pm   This post has 10 responses.

Top Pick for September – Monticello’s Heritage Harvest Festival

I visited Thomas Jefferson's Monticello last week and will be posting about it soon but in the meantime, here's a quick plug for their fabulous Heritage Harvest Festival - coming up in just three weeks, so make your plans now to go.  As though Monticello weren't already awesome enough on...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on August 28, 2011 at 3:53 am   This post has 10 responses.

Hurricane prep in the garden – what should we be doing?

  Here's what I'm doing in my own garden but I bet it isn't enough here in D.C., scheduled to take the worst of Irene between tomorrow night and midday Sunday. I took in all the garden furniture, at least the lightweight stuff. I'm taking in as many pots...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: What's Happening
Posted by on August 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm   This post has 18 responses.

Aziz Ansari’s Nomenclature

Thanks to Andrew Pulte for sharing this.  Happy Wednesday, y'all.

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: I Don't Have a Garden, but I Watch One on TV, Unusually Clever People
Posted by on August 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm   This post has 3 responses.
« Previous        |        Next »
  • Follow Garden Rant

    Follow Me on Pinterest RSS