Truly—I did NOT expect to see any more press on Jean’s garden, so I was pleasantly surprised when I read Buffalo News nature writer Gerry Rising’s column this am. Here’s an excerpt:
I must insert here that I hate lawns. They represent the worst of monocultures with all their attendant problems and they have taken over our lives — or in my family, my wife’s life. Consider just one aspect of our overdevotion to them: How many billions of tax dollars would we save if, instead of maintaining those extensive expressway lawns, we quit mowing them, only bushhogging once or twice a year to control shrubbery growth?
You go, Gerry. Rising is a nature expert whose columns are archived on the University at Buffalo’s website; I go to them often to research wild plants and birds and I read his columns on wilderness areas and other nature-related topics with pleasure every week. Rising actually drove up and down Jean’s street after he heard about this and couldn’t figure out what garden might be a problem—they all looked “normal” to him.
Unlike the News’s reporters, he kindly mentions Garden Rant and me in his columm. Because, I THINK, I am editor of another local print publication that, I suppose, competes for advertising, the other articles only referred obliquely to “blogs” if they said anything at all. But the main reason I like Rising’s take is that he focuses on the politics of lawns and not local politicians, which, unfortunately, took too much of the spotlight in the other coverage.
Thank you, Gerry!
P.S.: Sorry guys, he does refer to me as running GR alone. Yikes.