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Kentucky’s Secret Gardens by Allen Bush

Kentucky’s Secret Gardens by Allen Bush

Looking for inspiration and information? Catch a glimpse of Kentucky’s Secret Gardens. Author Tavia Cathcart Brown hosts the documentary, sponsored by Kentucky Education Television (KET). I was
Making Gardens Safer from Ticks: No More Wildlife Gardening by Susan Harris

Making Gardens Safer from Ticks: No More Wildlife Gardening by Susan Harris

I recently wrote about how gardeners freaked out about Lyme Disease are supposed to dress for gardening. It’s NOT a pretty picture and to prove that I’ll be posing for a shot of me in near-hazmat
Lawn culture is the problem, not lawns by Elizabeth Licata

Lawn culture is the problem, not lawns by Elizabeth Licata

And lawn culture is still very much an issue. Otherwise, why would garden centers still be selling so much weed ‘n’ feed? I know from online discussions I see regularly, with gardening a hot Facebook
Gardening For Health! by Scott Beuerlein

Gardening For Health! by Scott Beuerlein

I remember a day in April of 2003. It was one of those mythic, glorious spring days that sporadically show up between late freezes and tornadoes here in Ohio. And it was one to behold. Perfect. Most
Obama in the Garden by Susan Harris

Obama in the Garden by Susan Harris

Just when I thought I couldn’t miss Obama any more than I do, I see this shot of him looking soooo happy to be in the Rose Garden on a beautiful day. Here’s the other favorite shot of White House
Perennial Fun in Raleigh This Summer by Allen Bush

Perennial Fun in Raleigh This Summer by Allen Bush

I love the Perennial Plant Association’s (PPA) summer meetings. I’ve only missed a handful over thirty-five year. The PPA will meet this summer in Raleigh, NC from July 30th—August 3rd. Fergus Garret,
Fantasy Forest by Allen Bush

Fantasy Forest by Allen Bush

Every neighborhood needs a microforest. The ingredients require a passionate, knowledgeable conductor, committed volunteers and a patch of land. Curious children, nurtured by good teachers and
Austin: ten years later and even better by Elizabeth Licata

Austin: ten years later and even better by Elizabeth Licata

More than 90 garden bloggers got together for three days of garden touring in Austin last weekend. It is a return to the first such get-together, which took place in April, 2008. I was one of those

Backyard Carbon Farming by Thomas Christopher

If there was a twelve step program for gardeners like me, I would begin each session of course by introducing myself to the room and then admit to my addiction: I love the look of a freshly dug and
Mowing down the myth of high-maintenance lawns by Carol Reese

Mowing down the myth of high-maintenance lawns by Carol Reese

Apparently I am not supposed to trust my own experiences. I’ve had lawns at every house I’ve inhabited, which has been several over my more than half century above the earth. I’m baffled when I read
They built a better rose map by Elizabeth Licata

They built a better rose map by Elizabeth Licata

Those of you who know more about the science of hybridization than I do are already aware that it takes up to a decade to breed a rose that has the desired combination of traits, whatever those may
Liberating Design Ideas from Great Dixter by Susan Harris

Liberating Design Ideas from Great Dixter by Susan Harris

I jumped at the chance to hear Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter – undoubtedly England’s most famous garden – when the Horticultural Society of Maryland brought him to Baltimore to speak.
In Search of the Perfect Plant by Bob Hill

In Search of the Perfect Plant by Bob Hill

We are all forever perched on a learning curve in the horticulture business. There’s always way more to learn than any of us will ever master – and always more room to fall than we will ever know.
Not much to celebrate this Earth Day by Elizabeth Licata

Not much to celebrate this Earth Day by Elizabeth Licata

Here’s a list that I hope future federal administrations and elected officials will keep in mind. It’s the growing roster of environmental actions that have taken place under the current presidency.
GardenRant Welcomes Contributors Scott and Carol by Garden Rant

GardenRant Welcomes Contributors Scott and Carol by Garden Rant

GardenRant debuted back in June of 2006 with the mission to “uproot the gardening world” and be a home to “opinionated” garden writers like founders Amy Stewart, Michele Owens and Susan Harris. Twelve

DJ Khaled Loves his Garden! by Susan Harris

I only know about hiphop impresario DJ Khaled because of his star turn as a garden-lover in this video by the New York Times. Gazing adoringly at the plants in his garden, he says: I love you. I love
Tweed Jackets: The Answer to Horticulture’s Waning Reputation? by Scott Beuerlein

Tweed Jackets: The Answer to Horticulture’s Waning Reputation? by Scott Beuerlein

The Problem of Looking Stupid Here’s how to look stupid: start digging a hole. Einstein, himself, would look like an idiot while digging a hole. All through history, people have needed holes, and no
Stop the dumb lists by Elizabeth Licata

Stop the dumb lists by Elizabeth Licata

Certain garden-related websites (and I use the term loosely) like to send out annotated lists—top ten this, ten worst that, six ways to do such and such. And the most disturbing mini-trend in this
Grow bulbs for their foliage? Sure! by Elizabeth Licata

Grow bulbs for their foliage? Sure! by Elizabeth Licata

Many cite the long-lasting and unsightly foliage of spring bulbs as a reason not to grow them. I have two answers for that. One is my ongoing strategy: grow the temperamental tulip hybrids that don’t
Brent and Becky’s Farm, Store and Knicknacks by Susan Harris

Brent and Becky’s Farm, Store and Knicknacks by Susan Harris

I grew up near Richmond, VA, about an hour from Brent and Becky’s, the beloved flower bulb company in Tidewater, VA. I’ve even known Brent since I was a preteen and our families rented nearby beach