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Virtual Tour of a Garden Oasis

The latest of the Virtual Summer Garden Tours we're assembling instead of holding in-person tours is the cool oasis created by the talented gardener...

A Rant Reader’s DIY Bird Bath

Rant reader Dale Leeper posted the comment about his home-made bird bath in a comment to my  bird bath story, and it sounded great...

Upbeat Garden Writing in August? A False Positive!

Cincinnati, Ohio Dear Marianne, Through our ongoing letters and because of the few times we've hung out, I must admit I have become rather fond of...

Lawn in the News: White House Troubles, a CBS Promo for Scotts

White House Lawn In our continuing effort to keep you informed about the White House grounds - not because those 17 acres are important in...
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‘Martha Knows Best’ Is Not Great. It’s Not Even a Good Thing.

So, it’s come to this. As a nation, we are so starved for American garden programming that we are willing to accept that a woman...

The Soul of Knox Lane

  I would not have batted an eye at Mr. Stripey if Otis Knox had not insisted it was the best tomato—ever. It matters little...

A Conversation with Dan Hinkley

A month ago I posted in this space about Daniel Hinkley, about his noted collector’s garden in Indianola, Washington, and his new book about...

Bird bath with running water ready when the birds are

UPDATE: This is not what I had in mind: In a recent post I used this photo of what I declared was my final design...

Social media and the gardening discourse

The jury is still out on this. For every instance of helpful fellowship and joyful sharing, I can find equal examples of myth-based misinformation...

“Martha Knows Best” is Great, But Does She Really?

I had so completely tuned out HGTV as a source of gardening instruction or inspiration that I totally missed the July 31 premier of...

The lawn is not in danger

Not by a long shot. Every now and then, one of the Ranters publishes a post on the benefits of having a lawn and...

Virtual Garden Tours – My Summer Project

My local informal gardening group WAS going to put on a garden tour, so when that couldn't I began experimenting with virtual tours - online...

If there must be monuments

To me, they are little more than hunks or granite or marble, carved into forms of varying aesthetic value. Sometimes, monuments can be masterpieces,...

Our Plastic Pot Problem

by Linda McGivern There I was: at my favorite local garden center eyeing some of the most alluring begonias I had ever seen. It was...
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In Defense of The Lawn

Last week, Susan Harris emailed me regarding my recent article “In Defense of The Lawn” in the July/August issue of The American Gardener magazine....
 

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