Guest Week Rant by Paula Refi
The downsizing, and occasional demise, of local newspapers
is tragic enough, but the trend has left this gardener bereft. Like many
Atlantans, I loved reading the weekly garden insert in the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution. This small tabloid was ripe with news of garden club
meetings and informative articles on local plants and gardeners. But the AJC
pruned its pages to smaller dimensions and tossed its local garden writers,
save one, on the compost pile.
only newspaper continues to publish garden articles, often syndicated stories
that have no relevance here. I read with amusement the AJC’s syndicated piece
on August 10, plucked from some source nowhere near Atlanta. The topic: how to prepare your
garden plants for summer vacation. It appeared the week the city’s schools
reopened after the summer holiday. Go figure.
The situation took an encouraging turn a couple of weeks
ago, however, when a new by-line sprouted without fanfare in the AJC. Perhaps
driven by murmurs of discontent among its readers who garden, the newspaper
published a couple of lively and informative articles by C. W. Cameron, a
credible gardener with connections to the plant societies and the city’s most
knowledgeable gardeners. Let’s hope this turns out to be a perennial feature
and not just a short-lived annual.
Georgia gardeners are an intrepid lot. We seek knowledge and fellowship in equal
proportions. We’ve learned to find the information we crave from groups like
the Master Gardeners or the Georgia Perennial
Plant Association. I continue to miss my favorite
newspaper columnists. Sometimes I encounter them at garden tours, plant society
meetings, and specialty nurseries. I’ve learned so much from their inspired
articles, and I can identify plants in my garden with links to them. They are
the plants that always make me smile.
Paula Refi gardens in Atlanta, Georgia.