Garden Tourism Getting its Due

Richard Benfield is gradually infiltrating this blog, one Ranter at a time. He’s the Central State Connecticut U. geography professor named the world’s leading authority on garden tourism – and that was ...

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This Week in Crazy Rhubarb Lady

By now you’ve probably all seen the viral internet video of the crazy, foul-mouthed woman stealing rhubarb from her neighbor’s alley.  If you haven’t, you can watch the video in full here–and ...

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Resolving to become a better naturalist

Bluebell wood image courtesy of Shutterstock They knew where to go for the first of everything: the first snowdrops, the first catkin, primroses, violets, forget-me-nots, wild roses, honeysuckle. These flowers appeared in ...

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The meadow rue’s lament

Tiny, pendulous, lavender-purple flowers with contrasting yellow stamens appear in late summer in loose, airy clusters atop sturdy, purple flower stems which rise well above the foliage to 4-6′ tall (infrequently to ...

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Bug Hunting

A couple of weeks ago I attended a fascinating lecture by Dr. Daniel Duran of Drexel University. He was making the case for gardeners to take a more positive attitude toward the ...

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Another reason to avoid turfgrass?

This orienpet, Saltarello, is a strong butterscotch color. It’s in a container. Conversations over the Garden Walk Buffalo weekend lead me to believe that—knock on wood—my lack of turfgrass may also be ...

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From our Landscape Architect Friends…

First, congrats to the team at Landscape Architecture Magazine on the magazine’s nomination for an impressive national award.  From their website: We are very honored to be finalists in 2014 American Magazine ...

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Waterwise in New Mexico

Today’s Guest Rant by Hunter Ten Broeck, founder of the design firm WaterWise Landscapes based in Albuquerque, highlights an upcoming conference that has changed landscaping and water use patterns in New Mexico ...

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