Liberating Design Ideas from Great Dixter by Susan Harris

Great Dixter’s most famous view, by UK Garden Photos I jumped at the chance to hear Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter – undoubtedly England’s most famous garden – when the Horticultural Society of Maryland brought him to Baltimore to speak. Rush-hour traffic to get there be damned! Here’s Fergus pointing to the same view of Great Dixter’s famous 200 x 15-foot border. It’s the ultimate in romantic cottage gardening; just don’t ask how much work it takes to make it all happen. Here’s Fergus on stage and also posing with Christopher Lloyd, the gardening icon who lived his entire life in this house (built in 1460). Lloyd wrote about the garden he created there for 50 years until his death in 2006. Now for my notes of the talk – lots of design and growing tips from Lloyd himself, with a touch of Garrett. It all resonated with me big-time. Be free in your garden, but follow the basic rules of ecology, like “Right plant, right place.” “Dixter has a handshake with the wild” an..
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Happy Arbor Day: A Message from Dan Lambe

Arbor Day Executive Message Happy Arbor Day: A Message from Dan Lambe By Arbor Day Foundation | April 27, 2018 At the Arbor Day Foundation, planting trees is core to our mission. It’s what we do, and it’s what we’ve always done. As we celebrate National Arbor Day this April, it’s helpful to reflect on all that trees do for us. It’s a reminder of the importance of protecting our forests, our nation’s greatest natural treasures, and beautifying our communities, the places we live, work, and play. Trees help to bring positive nature-based solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing us today, and we have some serious challenges in front of us. If ever there was a time to plant trees, now is that time. And what better time to do it than Arbor Day. Arbor Day is a busy time for the Foundation. We are a part of tree planting events and celebrations from coast to coast. We launched celebratearborday.com, the go-to website for Arbor Day events across the country where you ..
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In Search of the Perfect Plant

Bob’s perfect plant We are all forever perched on a learning curve in the horticulture business. There’s always way more to learn than any of us will ever master – and always more room to fall than we will ever…In Search of the Perfect Plant originally appeared on Garden Rant on April 25, 2018.
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In Search of the Perfect Plant by Bob Hill

Bob’s perfect plant We are all forever perched on a learning curve in the horticulture business. There’s always way more to learn than any of us will ever master – and always more room to fall than we will ever know. Which brings me, of course, to the endless quest for the Perfect Plant to deal with all that. It’s a fun scene played out almost daily in the nursery business, where all level of experts and neophytes come through the doors. Its opening act goes like this: A customer comes in looking around at all the plants. He or she is wearing an expression of concerned confusion. They are new to gardening. They are leaning environmental. They wear Buck Naked Underwear from Duluth Trading. They have now subscribed to Fine Gardening, Organic Life and Garden & Gun and are making plans to visit Winterthur. For the most part they are all early garden romance and no research. Their friends are coming over for a garden party next week. They need instant results. A garden in seven days. W..
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Not much to celebrate this Earth Day

Ringneck Marsh, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (photo by M. Davis) Here’s a list that I hope future federal administrations and elected officials will keep in mind. It’s the growing roster of environmental actions that have taken place under the current…Not much to celebrate this Earth Day originally appeared on Garden Rant on April 24, 2018.
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Not much to celebrate this Earth Day by Elizabeth Licata

Ringneck Marsh, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (photo by M. Davis) Here’s a list that I hope future federal administrations and elected officials will keep in mind. It’s the growing roster of environmental actions that have taken place under the current presidency. Most of them are clearly aimed at limiting federal support for the environment, such as antipollution measures and efforts to curb climate change. So far, the Trump administration: •Has done as much as it can to cast doubt on the human role in climate change, and downplaying or just removing the term “climate change” in EPA policy documents •Is working on a rollback of fuel efficiency standards for cars and light-duty trucks •Has suspended an Obama-era clean water regulation, asserting that it will craft a new version, intended to be friendlier to developers, farmers, and others with waterways running through properties they are using. It is also weakening regulations that impede the fossil fuel industry from dumping..
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GardenRant Welcomes Contributors Scott and Carol

GardenRant debuted back in June of 2006 with the mission to “uproot the gardening world” and be a home to “opinionated” garden writers like founders Amy Stewart, Michele Owens and Susan Harris. Twelve years later, Amy and Michele have moved…GardenRant Welcomes Contributors Scott and Carol originally appeared on Garden Rant on April 22, 2018.
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GardenRant Welcomes Contributors Scott and Carol by Garden Rant

GardenRant debuted back in June of 2006 with the mission to “uproot the gardening world” and be a home to “opinionated” garden writers like founders Amy Stewart, Michele Owens and Susan Harris. Twelve years later, Amy and Michele have moved on but GardenRant continues to attract strong voices in garden writing – like the new contributors we’re proud to introduce today. And as you can tell from their bios, these newest Ranters know a LOT about plants. Scott Beuerlein is the Manager of Botanical Garden Outreach at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Scott is Chair of the Boone County Arboretum Collections Committee, past Chairman of Taking Root, past President of the Cincinnati Flower Growers Association, and Past Chairman of the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council. He has published over 90 magazine articles, including in Ohio Gardener, Horticulture Magazine,and American Nurseryman. He currently writes the “Only in Ohio” column for Ohio Gardener. Scott is an ON..
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DJ Khaled Loves his Garden!

I only know about hiphop impresario DJ Khaled because of his star turn as a garden-lover in this video by the New York Times. Gazing adoringly at the plants in his garden, he says: I love you. I love you.…DJ Khaled Loves his Garden! originally appeared on Garden Rant on April 19, 2018.
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DJ Khaled Loves his Garden! by Susan Harris

I only know about hiphop impresario DJ Khaled because of his star turn as a garden-lover in this video by the New York Times. Gazing adoringly at the plants in his garden, he says: I love you. I love you. This is Jerusalem. I call this Jerusalem. This is so peaceful. I drink my tea. I come out here, me and my son. We meditate and catch a vibe. It feels like a whole other country. The sun is shining on me. The key is respect your Mother. Respect Mother Nature at all times. From the Times I also learned that gardening is “the pastime that has kept him grounded during his ascent from Miami disc jockey to auteur of ubiquitous club bangers…In his spare time, Mr. Khaled tends, along with some hired help, lush gardens at this home and another in Miami, or at least looks at them while doing other things. “Say I had to get on a conference call, I’d go outside by the hammock, by the flowers, and just sit there, and if it’s a stressful call, I really get close to the flowers,” he said. “P..
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