Rant On The Road

I'm the "In My Kitchen" interview on Maria Rodale's blog this morning. And I'll be at Borders on Broadway in Saratoga Springs tomorrow night at 7.  Wine will be provided!  Hope to see you there.

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Posted by on February 17, 2011 at 7:24 am   This post has Comments Off.

Really, a movie about garden gnomes? In 3D?

  When I first heard about the movie "Gnomeo and Juliet", I wasn't exactly optimistic about a movie about garden gnomes, especially if it's in 3D.  But here's what NPR's Kenneth Turan has to say about it: What's in a name, after all? No one could be more surprised...

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Posted by on February 14, 2011 at 4:43 am   This post has 9 responses.

Bring coleus back, bring it back tonight

Technically, it’s been solenostemon for years, but I don’t know anyone, even the most die-hard of botanical name purists, refer to it as anything but coleus. And that’s the way it should be. Joseph/Greensparrow Gardens has similar feelings about this and other preemptory and seemingly arbitrary scientific name changes....

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Posted by on February 12, 2011 at 5:00 am   This post has 6 responses.

What do we think of “Starting a School Garden”?

The good folks at the University of Maryland produced what we locals think is a pretty dern good video on starting a school garden, but what do you guys think?  Okay, it has a couple of government-spokesman moments at the beginning, but the star of the show is an...

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Posted by on December 20, 2010 at 5:37 am   This post has 8 responses.

RadioGarden and Andrew Keys are NPR-Ready

Gardening world, listen up!  If you haven't yet heard Andrew Keys's new podcast for Horticulture Magazine, you are in for a treat – and a surprise.  It's really good and in a really new way.  A big fan of Ira Glass and "This American Life", his aim is to...

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Posted by on December 13, 2010 at 5:37 am   This post has 11 responses.

English Garden Tools. We love them, yeah, yeah, yeah…

Imagine my delight when Clarington Forge sent a box of English garden tools all the way to northern California.  Genevieve Schmidt of NorthCoastGardening is known for making actual useful, instructive videos about garden tools–not the kind of rambling, intoxicated things we normally do on GardenRant — so Gen and...

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Posted by on December 1, 2010 at 3:32 am   This post has 33 responses.

Can a blogger firestorm save some beloved gardens?

Many of us contacted Adrian Higgins at the Washington Post about the planned destruction of azaleas and boxwoods at the National Arbnoretum, (Rant story here) and his story about the brouha-ha appeared today.  My favorite quote? A plan to cut down thousands of mature shrubs at the National Arboretum...

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Posted by on November 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm   This post has 10 responses.

Lost a contributor? National Arboretum says it’s time to destroy some gardens!

This story just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.  I was first alerted that the National Arboretum has plans to literally destroy part of its historic Azalea Collection next season by a horticulturist friend in Baltimore, of all places.  I passed the word along and almost immediately Kathy Jentz had...

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Posted by on November 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm   This post has 19 responses.

Jon Stewart is No Gardener

He's the comedian-philosopher who Rallied to Restore Sanity, and I actually saw him – with the aid of some binoculars.  (You can click here to see my pathetic photos of the event, though I prefer this much closer shot taken on Halloween of 2009.)  Or click here to see...

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Posted by on November 1, 2010 at 6:05 am   This post has 10 responses.

Rallying for Sanity, and the National Lawn

Well, I'm off to show how sane I am by joining Jon Stewart, et al and thousands of other sanity-lovers on the National Mall.  Amy wrote that I simply must go to REPRESENT, so represent I will (I guess), and I hope you appreciate the sacrifice involved:  short subway...

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Posted by on October 30, 2010 at 4:58 am   This post has 10 responses.

Are Goats Stealing Landscaping Jobs?

I love this Goats v. Landscapers story on the Colbert Report.  You'll meet the Soprano-like owner of a yard maintenance company and a goat-services entrepreneur named Tammy.  The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c People Destroying America- Goats Steal Landscaping Jobs www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes 2010...

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Posted by on October 16, 2010 at 8:11 am   This post has 9 responses.

How successful is New York’s High Line?

This railroad-turned-garden in NYC is getting lots of attention these days, including by PBS's "Need to Know" in an episode titled "The Thin Green Line: Investing in Urban Parks". Sounds great and I'm dying to see it in person.  But the results may not be a slam-dunk, after all,...

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Posted by on September 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm   This post has 27 responses.

Timber’s Cool Pick? Andrew Beckman as Editorial Director

Well, an intriguing press release showed up yesterday at GardenRant headquarters about Timber Press's pick of Andrew Beckman to lead their editorial team. (Friend of Rant Tom Fischer will be working with  Andrew as acquiring editor.) Now about who Andrew IS.  You don't have to be a garden-publishing insider...

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Posted by on August 31, 2010 at 2:08 pm   This post has 8 responses.

Coolest new Team Blog? Wildlife Garden

We're happy to welcome another smart team blog to the gardening world, this one devoted to – well, let's let their manifesto tell us. Our manifesto: To redefine beautiful ~To start a conversation ~To be positive  ~ To help wildlife ~ To be organic ~ To be water-wise ~ To use plants...

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Posted by on August 28, 2010 at 5:00 am   This post has 17 responses.

Public Gardens Rebranding Themselves

In today's NY Times, we learn that public gardens are canceling their flower shows, part of their big shift in emphasis. Forced to rethink and rebrand, gardens are appealing to visitors’ interests in nature, sustainability, cooking, health, family and the arts. Some are emphasizing their social role, erecting model...

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Posted by on July 27, 2010 at 4:22 am   This post has 5 responses.

We Watched the Oprah Audition Tapes So You Don’t Have To.

As you have no doubt heard by now, Oprah is holding an open casting call for would-be hosts for her new network.  Even the front runners are not particularly slick–I'm amazed that people who want to have their own TV show don't even bother to find a nice background...

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Posted by on July 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm   This post has 9 responses.

Vote for Shirley’s Show on Oprah Network

Fans of garden designer/on-air talent Shirley Bovshow are encouraged to click here to view and vote for her show idea for Oprah’s new TV network.  Even if you’re thinking “Who’s Shirley?” you could vote for her to register your support for more gardening on television.  Either way.  

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Posted by on June 23, 2010 at 7:40 am   This post has 5 responses.

Where are the Gardening Podcasts?

It's been a while since we reviewed gardening podcasts, so it's time for an update and hopefully, your recommendations – I need more for the little iPod Shuffle that keeps me company in the garden.  It may just be that there are really very few American podcasts about gardening. ...

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Posted by on June 21, 2010 at 3:44 am   This post has 36 responses.

At Chelsea, the winners are gardens with purpose

Via Treehugger:  What’s happening at Chelsea is a  complete 180 from the frou-frou image of flowers shows.  Judges gave the gold to a Rainforest Garden set in Carmeroon, designed by four women indigenous to the the disappearing forests.  The silver went to an urban garden that’s improving the lives...

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Posted by on May 31, 2010 at 9:55 am   This post has 3 responses.

How to turn alleys into child-friendly gardens

Don’t miss this story about how neighborhoods are being cleaned up and communities created by the simple but bureaucratically challenging act of putting gates at the end of alleyways.  And you can tell from photos like this that plants – potted or spilling over fences – are the most...

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Posted by on May 30, 2010 at 7:19 am   This post has 13 responses.
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