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Scott Beuerlein

Over twelve or fifteen years, Scott Beuerlein has published over 150 articles for several publications and online. In addition to a monthly blog and usually an open letter to fellow Ranter, Marianne Wilburn, here on Garden Rant, Scott writes the (hopefully) humorous Deep Roots column and also the Green Scene interview column for every issue of Horticulture Magazine. In 2019, Scott won two Gold Medals from Garden Communicators International, and, in 2020, he won a Silver Medal. None of this has made him rich.

Scott’s day job is Manager of Botanical Garden Outreach at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Scott is Chair of the Boone County Arboretum Collections Committee, past Chair of Taking Root, past President of the Cincinnati Flower Growers Association, and Past President of the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council. None of this has made him rich, either.

Scott has been married to Michele now for 36 years, a woman way above his pay grade. It took him far too long to realize that, but he does now. Scott and Michele are empty nesters living a pretty good life based on hard work, good food, and wine. Lots of wine. The garden is best described as over-sized and under-maintained, which, actually, is also a pretty fair description of Scott.

Scott graduated with a BA in Communication Arts from Xavier University. As a self taught, late to the party, second career horticulturist, Scott is proud of being an ONLA Certified Landscape Technician and an ISA Certified Arborist, and has defeated the efforts of both organizations to expel him from their ranks in court.

Articles by Scott Beuerlein

On Wild Mushrooms, Bears, and Teenage Girls

By |2021-06-29T12:10:28-04:00June 28, 2021|

If you insist on traipsing around in the hollers of Virginia like Lewis and Clark, out there randomly meandering about along with all the various drug runners, moonshiners, and village psychopaths. Making yourself subject to the mood, hunger, and whims of every snake, spider, bear, and cougar loose in the woods. Completely vulnerable to things like quicksand, booby traps, landmines, and God knows whatever else, then at least be smart. Bring a teenage girl with you! Which, in fact, is what Lewis and Clark did. They knew. 

Brood X Cicada Observations, Unenlightened and Free of the Usual Facts

By |2021-10-29T08:11:12-04:00June 16, 2021|

This won't be one of those cutesy, fawning posts that all the shiny, happy cool kids seem to be writing on Facebook and in blogs all over the Western world. And don’t expect any facts either--just observations. My observations, and, yes, I fully admit that I'm nothing more than a very tired and intellectually lazy horticulturist who is living under a dome of cicadas for the fourth time.

I’m Project-ed Out! Weariness Projected Through Labor Day!

By |2021-04-04T22:40:13-04:00April 4, 2021|

Usually March around here is pretty dire. It is when the novelty of the outside air being so cold you can freeze water in it has long lost its charm and when the utter lack of any color outside becomes unbearable. Invariably, it’s the time of year when anything in the garden that might have once promised “winter interest” can only still be identified by means of dental records.

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