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 send you to them. On the […]

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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.

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...

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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,...

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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...

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Posted by on November 8, 2011 at 5:37 am   This post has 6 responses.

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...

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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...

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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...

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Posted by on August 26, 2011 at 1:48 pm   This post has 18 responses.

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...

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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