Our critiques of books, movies, anything we have an opinion about.
Garden-Writing for the Wrong Region Imagine my surprise when I opened my local newspaper (the Washington Post, to which I've subscribed since 1971) to find this cover image of "Local [...]
It’s comprehensive, quirky, effective, funny, fun, and a worthy addition to the library of any gardener who wants to grow tropical plants. More than that, it should be required reading for idiot gardeners like me who need to be goaded into trying them.
Conference-goers raise their glasses in a toast during the After Party. I'm in the center box wearing my GardenRant t-shirt and performing a weird thumbs-up with pen in hand. [...]
Drew Barrymore Sells Lawn Care Suddenly my social media feeds are showing me videos of Drew Barrymore ecstatically hugging bags of grass seed and telling us to Lawn Differently [...]
Foraging season has begun. Perhaps you’re ready to give this new (old) trend a try, excited by a lecture or what seems to be the endless forest bathing lifestyle of [...]
Botanical travel is an indulgence that passionate gardeners too easily deny ourselves. If funds become available, we are ever-aware of the needs of our own gardens at precisely the time [...]
The very best books on my shelves suffer scribbles in their margins. Future book sellers will either be amused or dismayed by my vandalism, but I cannot stop myself (and [...]
It’s a complete miss and it’s sad. Anyone who opens American Gardens—the book that accompanies Monty Don’s BBC TV series by the same name—expecting to be wowed by spectacular photography [...]
Despite what you may have earnestly been told through grapevines that should know better, deer do not avoid native plants due to a convenient co-evolutionary agreement between flora and fauna. [...]
Allan Armitage has been at the center of perennials for over fifty years. He is tireless, passionate, knowledgeable, affable, well-liked, been everywhere, knows everyone, and, between his academic career, speaking schedule, and writing, no one else is anywhere as uniquely positioned to be the black hole of the perennial universe.