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 April of 2012, which happens to […]

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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.

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.

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.
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