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Help a garden center get through the winter: buy a kokedama. Or an orchid....

The next issue of the magazine I edit features heritage businesses in Western New York—the ones that have lasted more than 100 years. Amazingly,...

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I was happy to discover a Plant in the Spotlight article in this month's American Gardener Magazine by fellow Ranter Carol Reese. She's described...

Campus Garden Teaches, Feeds, and Solves Runoff

This garden on the campus of the University of Maryland isn't about prettifying the campus, though it IS an improvement. It's about teaching students...

Gardening inspiration, one quote at a time

As winter moves in, gardening inspiration lives indoors on the walls of our sunlit plant room from November to March, pithy little sayings that...

Plant-Based Seasons Greetings at the U.S. Botanic Garden

This time of year, visitors entering the U.S. Botanic Garden get this rather somber view of the U.S. Capitol across the street. Inside, from...

Plants I Ogle on My Way to Work

Like a yo-yo on a string, there I am, driving to work and back somewhere upwards of 300 times a year. While most any...

Reasonable discourse: can gardeners lead the way?

Polarized is a word I’d never thought I’d hear as much as I’ve heard it over the past two years. “Fake news” is a...

Houseplanters Who Do YouTube

The article "Meet the Plantfluencers" in the New York Times seemed to demonstrate that the much-pursued Millennials DO garden - just not outdoors. They...

 How an Office Became a Garden Sanctuary and Art Space

When I retired from Jelitto Perennial Seeds at the end of last year, my desk was neither memorialized nor mothballed. Gone, however, are old...

Leave the leaves? I think not.

It’s the bad gardening advice that will not die. Why? Because it sounds so great, so freeing, so right. What? I don’t have to...

Hemp, Mindful Eating and Cricket-Spitting on YouTube

This week I did my usual browsing through 30-some YouTube channels in pursuit of new gardening videos worth promoting on Good Gardening Videos. I found...

A Greener Way to Mow, Blow, and Go

As proprietor of “Indigenous Ingenuities,” a landscape design, install, and maintenance firm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Matthew Benzie pursues a multi-pronged program for greening his...

That Day I Thought Gardening had Given me a Heart Attack

The other day I was working in this garden, digging up and planting large clumps of these Black-eyed Susans, when my body suddenly scared...

Not bothering with clean-up, either; I’m too busy planting

The last shipment of bulbs has finally arrived and I made a Halloween resolution to lie about my zone when I order next year....

Autumn inspires a rash of whackadoodle…

I was reporting for jury duty, feeling anonymous in a pool of fellow citizens, when the court officer asked me how far back she...
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