On the heels of our recent rants about bland, uninspired garden writing, I offer a couple of examples that got my attention quickly and held onto it til the very last word.
MOST INTERESTING GARDEN-WORLD OBITUARY EVER
The very important and influential Marc Cathey died this week and news accounts can easily go the route of resume-writing, but not at the keyboard of Adrian Higgins. He immediately lets us know that Cathey was "flamboyant" and describes a scene I’m sorry I missed:
Before the dawn of PowerPoint, he would extol the virtues of plants using multiple slide projectors, soundtracks, and, on occasion, smoke machines, confetti and other special effects. "He got people wowed up because of his ability to tell stories and to bring life and drama into everything."
Oh, to have been wowed up by Marc Cathey, who, it turns out, teamed up with Oehme, van Sweden and our new friend Kurt Bluemel to popularize the perennials and grasses of the New American Garden and natural gardening in general. He also created the heat zone map and preached about the need for gardening in everyone’s life. I’m wowed just reading about him.
Don’t miss the stories of his Miss Nannie back in North Carolina, the grandmother who inspired him to garden.
WHO CAN RESIST LANDSCAPE HORROR STORIES, WITH PHOTOS?
Not me! And Billy Goodnick even has a blog category ‘Ugly" for articles like "Ugly is in the Eye of the Beholder". Great use of photos to make interesting points, not just show prettiness.
Cathey photo via the American Horticultural Society [pdf]. Juniper photo by Billy.