Garden columnist Debra Smith writes to me after listening to a teleconference sponsored by the Garden Writers Association and Scotts Miracle Gro, "After sitting in on the teleconference, I feel a little dirty, but not in
a good I-just-shoveled-six-cubic-yards-of-compost way."
She goes on to say this on her blog:
The participants on this panel, which included a Scotts VP of
sustainability, had not a word to say about runoff from chemical
treatment of lawns into the groundwater supply or air pollution from
lawn mowers….And no one
mentioned grass alternatives….It’s
no surprise that a lawn and garden company wants us to keep growing
grass and feeding it with loads of fertilizers. The
carefully-controlled teleconference struck me as a rather pathetic pep
rally for grass.
Well! They don’t call her Mudracker for nothing! Scotts does donate to any number of GWA initiatives, which no doubt provides all kinds of opportunities for these little educational seminars for garden writers in need of a story idea.
So this got me looking around at Scott’s new website, which includes forums and sort-of-but-not-really blogs. (Why do these big companies think people want them to host their blogs?) So far it seems to be infrequently used and not exactly a hub of horticultural discussion, but hey, it lets the suits tell either other that they’re doing something ‘virtual’ and ‘viral’ that will appeal to the youngsters. I got no further than a post on the forum from a user who thought his/her posts had been deleted. Someone named KipatScotts replied:
Nobody deleted it, UN. We don’t have
the power to delete it. This is the same software run on many newspaper
sites, like USAToday, and those liberal, 1st amendment junkies don’t
take too kindly to that. ; ) I studied with ’em in college, so I know
that of which I speak/type.
(By ‘that,’ we think he means the alleged deleting of posts.) Yeah, I knew some of those liberals back in college, too. Shudder. Glad those days are over.
That was it for me–what started out as a post about Scotts lawn care advice is coming to an abrupt end as I get creeped out by their website. Why is it that a big company, with all that money, still manages to be so profoundly uncool? Oh, wait. I may have answered my own question.