It may not be a state, but DC has a funky state fair

In 2010, a couple of Washington, D.C.'s urban homesteaders decided to solve a problem – that being that the city had no equivalent of a county or state fair where residents could show off their talents in baking, canning, urban agriculture, home brewing, and photography. So with the help of social media and an abundance […]

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Posted by on August 16, 2011 at 11:23 am   This post has 4 responses.

Very cool blog highlights very cool people, including a few gardeners

Thanks to this story, I discovered People's District, a blog that profiles interesting people who live in D.C.  It's a blog that if I lived somewhere ELSE, I'd copy in a minute. Naturally I looked for gardeners who'd made the cut, and found a couple. Here are excerpts from...

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Posted by on August 13, 2011 at 6:08 am   This post has 4 responses.

A positive story about law enforcement and an overgrown front yard!

After too many stories of people being threatened with jail time or fines for the condition of their front yareds (and nothing but bad news out of Washington,) this story in today's Washington Post is a welcome change. The reluctant garden in that headline belongs to a 101-year-old woman...

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Posted by on July 31, 2011 at 7:27 am   This post has 7 responses.

Dead trees! Killer compost! Thanks to DuPont and their herbicide Imprelis.

Boy, this sounds familiar.  A new chemical that's claimed to safely kill dandelions and other turfgrass weeds turns out to be not safe at all.  This time the unintended consequence is killing nearby trees.  We heard from Mother Earth News about it, asking us to spread the word that:...

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Posted by on July 19, 2011 at 4:46 am   This post has 9 responses.

Congrats to American Hort Society Winners!

  I've gotta say – the American Horticultural Society knows how to pick winners, coz this foursome includes three that I know to be terrific.  The winners of the AHS's 2011 book awards are: Rosalind Creasy for Edible Landscaping, Sydney Eddison for Gardening for a Lifetime, Alan Armitage for...

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Posted by on June 14, 2011 at 5:47 am   This post has 5 responses.

How to use gardenblogs and bloggers to promote your business

The subject of businesses advertising on and promoting their products on gardenblogs has caused quite a stir lately – starting here on Trey Pritsenberger's blog.  In 130 comments there and further on a Facebook page for gardenwriters, these connections were debated: Bloggers now writing for Troy-bilt – the Saturday...

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Posted by on May 31, 2011 at 6:05 am   This post has 37 responses.

One Worm, Free to a Good Home

This comes to us from David Perry, an amazing photographer of gardens and other assorted stuff (see his photographs and a project he's working on with Debra Prinzing on sustainable cut flowers here) and–well–this is what David does in his spare time.  We pass it on to you.  ...

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Posted by on April 27, 2011 at 6:07 am   This post has 13 responses.

We Heart RadioGarden, and You Should, Too

We've sung the praises of Andrew Keys' RadioGarden podcast before, but it's time to do it again.  Really, it's the coolest thing out there, and we should be shouting from the rooftops every time a new episode goes live, but somehow they slip past us. So.  Right now.  Go...

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Posted by on April 17, 2011 at 11:56 am   This post has 2 responses.

Rant on the Road: Denver, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, St. Louis

The Wicked Bugs book tour starts next week.  I have yet to actually see a copy of the finished book–they have just been printed, I'm told–so I might get a copy in my hands before I leave for the tour, or I might meet up with it on the...

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Posted by on April 13, 2011 at 10:41 am   This post has 7 responses.

Michele on Good Morning America

This was on yesterday. Are there really that many people who don't know a parsnips when they see one? Well, I guess some don't need to.  

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Posted by on March 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm   This post has 16 responses.

Growing a Greener World: Season One Wraps

  26 episodes.  8 months. 18 states.  36 cities. 254 stations. 4,058 tweets. Joe Lamp'l's PBS show Growing a Greener World has wrapped up its first season, and they've got a cool summary reel that looks back over their first year on the air. (It'll be worth watching through...

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Posted by on March 23, 2011 at 4:53 am   This post has 12 responses.

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.
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