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Another Blog on MANTS (It Takes Two)

Another Blog on MANTS (It Takes Two)

Last week I got on a skinny little regional jet with four hefty Co-Horts from work, and with a screaming winter storm tailwind we arrived at BWI lickety split. Like the damned thing was the Concorde.
It’s Bloom Day

It’s Bloom Day

And I have not posted one of these for years, so, as a reminder: on the 15th of every month, garden bloggers post what is in flower in their gardens. The tradition was started by Carol of May Dreams
Scenes from a Nursery Trade Show

Scenes from a Nursery Trade Show

The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show is happening in Baltimore this week, and garden communicators (formerly “writers”) were there in droves! Here we all are at the breakfast event for media. Well,
An Open Letter to Kim Kardashian

An Open Letter to Kim Kardashian

Dear Kim, I need your help. I am impressed that a reality television star, like you, with star status as big as the President’s (I mean HUGE), can walk into the White House and bend the President’s
Gardens get Buffaloed

Gardens get Buffaloed

Here’s a book that raises all kinds of interesting questions. Like: Can a city have its own style of gardening? Assuming that it can, how does such a style arise? What are its main characteristics? Do
Crowd-Sourced Botany

Crowd-Sourced Botany

As a botanist at the New York Botanical Garden, Daniel Atha had travelled all over the world to study plants in their native habitats. Then, one day, it occurred to him that he knew more about the
Marie Kondo in the Garden, and Life

Marie Kondo in the Garden, and Life

I couldn’t agree more with what this Washington Post reviewer wrote about Marie Kondo’s approach to “tidying up” in her new show on Netflix. Unlike her TV predecessors, Kondo brings a calming
Eastern Red Cedars and Christmas Past

Eastern Red Cedars and Christmas Past

Our grown children were scattered hither and yon this Christmas, so Rose and I downsized Yuletide with a raggedy Eastern red cedar, instead of a sculpted Fraser fir. Meanwhile, I stayed merry and
Here’s to another year of hapless but fun gardening

Here’s to another year of hapless but fun gardening

In 2019, I will celebrate twenty years as a property-owning gardener. (We won’t count the years of balcony gardening with a few pots and hanging baskets.) While there has been progress, of a sort, I
Glenstone in Winter

Glenstone in Winter

The DC area’s biggest art news in 2018 was by all accounts the opening of a much-expanded contemporary art museum on 230 acres in the suburb of Potomac, Maryland. The Washington Post alone has covered
When “right plant right place” goes wrong…

When “right plant right place” goes wrong…

… The catchy phrase “right plant, right place” has gone viral in the gardening world, and it makes me groan. If these words referred only to choosing a plant suited to the site, soil and regional
Santa’s Immaculate Conception and his Food for Thought

Santa’s Immaculate Conception and his Food for Thought

With my next post on Garden Rant officially due December 24, my first thought was a treatise on what Santa Claus might plant in his garden at the North Pole, where it gets about 24 hours of sun in the
Best Garden-Adjacent Books of 2018?

Best Garden-Adjacent Books of 2018?

The editors at The American Society of Landscape Architects Magazine and blog The Dirt don’t read many gardening books, as residential landscapes are a rather small specialization within the
Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Oh boy. Gotta say, this Holiday thing is again testing my usual good-nature. Christmas spirit? At this point, just give me something resembling a “will to live!” Spending money. Tons of money. Seeing
Let there be light

Let there be light

Here’s an example of indoor gardening I never could have imagined. Over the past five years, a former Buffalo mental hospital designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson (considered among America’s

How to Do Social Media – and Not Just for Garden Centers

Laura LeBoutillier, the on-camera talent at Garden Answer, is the hot young gardening YouTuber I profiled a while back, and she’s only getting better with time. In this new video she covers not
Jane Perrone, “Plantfluencer” and Brit, Joins GGVideos

Jane Perrone, “Plantfluencer” and Brit, Joins GGVideos

Houseplants are HOT, according to the New York Times and all sorts of prognosticators and social media-watchers. So I looked for houseplant YouTubers on my own but found the topic pretty lacking in
The Sower

The Sower

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” Vincent Van Gogh I doubt, at my age, I will be sowing too many wild oats. There are, instead, new seeding notions that shape my dreams. I owe my life-long
Holiday Decorating for the Irreligious and Talentless

Holiday Decorating for the Irreligious and Talentless

I recently searched on YouTube for “Christmas decorations with natural materials” and found a bunch of crafty people in the U.S. and England. This confirmed my assessment that I’m not one of them.
Help a garden center get through the winter: buy a kokedama. Or an orchid. Or something.

Help a garden center get through the winter: buy a kokedama. Or an orchid. Or something.

The next issue of the magazine I edit features heritage businesses in Western New York—the ones that have lasted more than 100 years. Amazingly, two we’re covering are garden centers (and there are