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A Desperate Grasp at Redemption From One Struck Down by the Wrath of Marianne...

“There are peaches to be eaten warm from the brick of the wall they are grown against, peas picked off the tendrily plant and...
Cutout Andy and Marianne Willburn

‘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...

Lingering Springs, Bittersweet Memories and The Evolution of a Gardener

The latest in the on-going correspondence between Marianne Willburn & Scott Beuerlein. __________________________________ May 14, 2020 Lovettsville, VA Dear Scott, My heart aches for you and your family coping...

Plants and Pandemics, and, Gardeners Go for the Glory!

The latest in the on-going correspondence between Marianne Willburn and Scott Beuerlein. April 29, 2020 Cincinnati, Ohio Dear Marianne, I apologize for taking so long to reply to...

What does “Rural Metro DC Area” even mean?

The latest in the on-going correspondence between Marianne Willburn and Scott Beuerlein. 6 March 2020 Lovettsville, VA Dear Scott, I am grateful to digital correspondence in that I...

Replacing the Hated Arborvitaes with Crossvine

When I wrote last September that "I hate my arborvitaes" because several of them DIED during a drought (they're not as drought-tolerant as I...

Winter Sun & Guilty Joy: A Letter to The Midwest

From the editor: Rant readers following the verbal sparring between our own Scott Beuerlein and guest ranter Marianne Willburn may be wondering if the...

Trade Shows Turns 50. Garden Writers Party.

GardenRant has covered the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show several times, and I hope readers are ready for more because two Ranters attended this year,...

Hire Help or Lose My Sanity. Confessions of a Garden Writer Who Doesn’t Medicate. Yet.

Guest rant by Marianne Willburn  The office is lightly scented with pencil shavings and old coffee mugs this morning. Not an unpleasant smell, but an...

Fear, Loathing, Capitulation, Relapses, A Cry for Help, and Another Empty Promise to Do...

Déjà vu all over again. In what is apparently becoming an abusive relationship, I again find myself the victim of Marianne Willburn’s poison pen,...

Garden regionally. Get inspired globally.

Guest Rant by Marianne Willburn   Somewhere near the bottom of every writer's artistic license, a clever wordsmith will find the following recommendation: "Comically exaggerating the...

Dismiss British Garden Writers? Absurd.

Guest Rant by Marianne Willburn  Given the choice of dinner companions at an industry event, with fourteen topics on the table and the wine flowing...

Neither an Influencer nor a Follower be

Guest Rant by Marianne Willburn Though I enjoy dressing well, I’m no fashionista.  For the most part, I can ignore the “collar in or out...

Hostile or Helpful?

by Marianne Wilburn Recently, C.L. Fornari challenged garden writers to consider the way in which we portray the act of gardening.  She asked us to...

A Blogger’s Lament

A productive weekend is behind me.  I've re-organized the shed, wired in a new light for the barn cats, planted six five-gallon Itea and...

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GardenRant is the work of these highly opinionated gardeners: Founders (2006): Susan Harris in Greenbelt, MD Elizabeth Licata in Buffalo, NY Michele Owens in Saratoga Springs, NY Amy Stewart in Eureka,...

Win “The Earth in Her Hands” by Jennifer Jewell

UPDATE: We have a winner! It's Liz Genovese, with this comment (chosen at random): "Remember the days when having the most correct and most...