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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 the escalator leading to the Dupont […]

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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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...

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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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Posted by on January 10, 2012 at 4:15 am   This post has 7 responses.
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