Graham Rice Introduces his New Blog

Although I garden mainly
in north-east Pennsylvania, we still have a cottage in NoJettie500rthamptonshire, about
two hours north of London, and we’ll be back there next week for the holidays. I
serve on a number of Royal Horticultural Society committees and judge their trials of annuals and perennials and these days this all has
special value.
Now that so many
plants, like the everflowing new heucheras and echinaceas, are propagated in the
laboratory by tissue culture, new plants and old are spread around the world far
more quickly than even ten or twenty years ago. So looking at plants from a
transatlantic perspective has more value than ever before for gardeners in
Britain and in North America.

But I’m not the sort of
single-minded plantsperson who reads nursery catalogs in bed every night (well,
some nights I might). Like many writers I read almost anything in print – if
there’s nothing else I’ll read the small print on the cereal packet at the
breakfast table. So books, horticultural and otherwise, will also feature as
will the birds, bears, deer and other creatures which populate ourTroutdecember9500 corner of the
Pennsylvania woods and the fish which I try to catch in our lake (successfully,
this week, I have to say) Our Northamptonshire garden (or
more probably its plants and its weeds) where we’re largely absentee gardeners
will also appear; our English neighbors call it a nature preserve so its wild
creatures may also feature.

For plants do not exist
separately from the rest of our lives: they feed our bodies and souls, and they
make the gardens which are part of our homes and the wild places and urban parks
whTrilliumerectum500ich are part of our wider habitat. They host wild creatures of all kinds from
lethal plant viruses to butterflies and bees to goldfinches and even deer and
bears – they form the structure of the habitat for all of us: the street trees,
woods, fields, deserts and prairies of our broader habitat. 

And so while plants, including of
course native plants, from both countries may be the focus of Transatlantic
, anything and everything
connected with plants has license to appear. I’m looking forward to the


  1. Gardening writing as a whole would be a lot more fun if there were more fish in it! I’ll be reading Transatlantic Plantsman.

  2. Blogs are great tools for reaching your audience. Or just connecting with others that enjoy the same past times.
    I read where you said that you can write what you like without the pressure of editors and such. I wish more garden writers would see the wisdom of what seems a more personal way to let us know what they have out there and where to find it. Not just put the title out like an avertisement. We are immune to such facing it everywhere we turn.The public is leaning to shut it out.
    It used to be hard to find good recommendation for reading material concerning gardening. But with all this acess to other readers and writers I now can barely keep up.
    I will be reading your blog.

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