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“Martha Knows Best” is Great, But Does She Really?

I had so completely tuned out HGTV as a source of gardening instruction or inspiration that I totally missed the July 31 premier of...

The lawn is not in danger

Not by a long shot. Every now and then, one of the Ranters publishes a post on the benefits of having a lawn and...

Virtual Garden Tours – My Summer Project

My local?informal gardening group WAS going to put on a garden tour, so when that couldn't I began experimenting with virtual tours - online...

If there must be monuments

To me, they are little more than hunks or granite or marble, carved into forms of varying aesthetic value. Sometimes, monuments can be masterpieces,...

Our Plastic Pot Problem

by Linda McGivern There I was: at my favorite local garden center eyeing some of the most alluring begonias I had ever seen. It was...
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In Defense of The Lawn

Last week, Susan Harris emailed me regarding my recent article “In Defense of The Lawn” in the July/August issue of The American Gardener magazine....

The Domoto Legacy: Plants and Immigration

We are pleased to present Eric Hsu's first Guest Rant. When I was growing up, the narrative of North American horticulture, especially ornamental horticulture, was...

My plants are happier without me

Like many, I’ve been working at home since March and, for the most part, enjoying it. But I do go to the office once...

Hosed Again

  In the beginning there were blessed, soaking rains. Then came the curse of the tangled hose. The Romans built aqueducts to move water around....

Anyone Else Forgetting to Be Freaked Out about Lyme Disease?

Back in May of 2018 I ranted about the "New Look for Gardeners Freaked out about Lyme Disease" using this image of a hazmat...
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Looking for Something More Positive

Lovettsville, VA Dear Scott, Rain. Glorious rain! The exclamation point is, I assure you, fully justified. After three and a half weeks without the stuff and without...

Reflections on “Windcliff”

I don’t remember how old I was when my father helped me start a stamp collection.? Maybe six?? My father was a foreign news...

Even Garden Writers who Hate Trump are Defending the Rose Garden Upgrade

The announcement from the office of Melania Trump that the Rose Garden is getting an upgrade next month came at the worst possible time....

Frank gets his landscape back—and then some

As the gardening team at Buffalo’s Darwin Martin House—really a campus with seven structures on it—enters its second year of planting and maintaining the...

Color Update with Paint, Plants and Wall Art

Thank you all for your many color suggestions for my front garden, in comments to this post. I love those colors, too! But I had...
 

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