• Currently coveting

    Maybe it's the new trowel you've always wanted -- maybe it's luscious lighting. We take a look at the Accessories Department: aisle 6

  • Grow food not lawns

    As commercial growers pump out more bland, backyard gardeners are getting good at growing their own. Find out about edibles, including chickens here

  • Plants are the point

    What's the next new plant we can't live without?

  • The horticultural tourist

    Oh sure, we like to look. Next to digging in the dirt, visiting other gardens is the best thing.

  • An eye for design

    Plants, rocks and pots are all good. It's how you put them together that counts

October 9, 2012

Moving around in the garden

The online gardener of Dirt Du Jour: Northern California (aka NorthWest) is now watering and weeding Everywhere at the main Dirt Du Jour.

Please wander around here and take a garden tour of past posts—and then come on over to the consolidated Dirt Du Jour.

Many thanks to the gardening artist, Gustav Caillebotte, for his painting, Les Jardiniers (1875-77).



July 20, 2012

The flowering of the 2012 Olympics

Those touching Olympics medal ceremonies are coming up, starring the athletes, the flags, the national anthems—and 4,400 bouquets. Jane Packer and students will be snipping and wrapping four colors of roses, along with herbs and wheat, for a Very British Bouquet. Get the fragrant details here.

Telegraph—-Video: Kew Gardens does the Olympics rings in flowers.


June 12, 2012

Visit Monet’s Giverny garden, in NYC

France is not the only destination—Monet’s Giverny garden is blooming away at the New York Botanical Garden through October. The Impressionist designed his garden to be the subject of his paintings and the staff at NYBG recreated his flowery plans. Toss in the facade of the house and a couple of garden paintings, and you’ve got quite an exhibit.

Daily Mail—-Far from anti-lawn, turf fills British church


June 11, 2012

Hawaii helps honeybee collapse research

Hawaii played a part in isolating the Varroa destructor mite, central to the spread of Colony Collapse Disorder. The parasitic mite transfers a virus to honeybees, and the geographic isolation of the Hawaiian Islands made it possible to track the mite in the honeybee population. Awful apian details in The Guardian.

Marketplace—-Bees are now on staff at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.


June 3, 2012

Floating garden on the Thames

Queen Elizabeth II, pursued by an umbrella at one end of her royal barge on Sunday.

There were 1,000 boats in the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant for the Queen, but what about the 10,000 flowers that decorated her royal barge? Darcey and Patience roses, lavender, and a boxwood knot garden grown by 20 gardeners and arranged by 45 florists.
Photo: Vos Iz Neias/EPA

39 Online—-Don’t drink and mow


May 22, 2012

Lots to crow about

Crows and ravens are moving in to the Bay Area at quite a clip, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. If you’ve seen more black birds in your garden, here’s extra help in telling them apart.

Really into ravens? You can tweet with the Ravenmaster, a Beefeater who cares for the ravens at the Tower of London.


Daily Mail—-Just in time for summer gardening: a list of the 10 most painful insect stings. Oww!


May 21, 2012

Preview day at the Chelsea Flower Show 2012

As so often happens at garden shows, Chelsea is in a bit of a rut, according to The Telegraph.

Want to skip the trends analysis and go straight for the gaudy photos?


The Telegraph [video]—-Off with her hat! At Chelsea, Queen Elizabeth is led down the garden path by her milliner, just like last year.


May 20, 2012

Bunny Mellon’s garden

Known in the 1960s as designer of the White House Rose Garden, Bunny Mellon is back in the news as a donor to John Edwards. We’re more interested in her 10,000 volume horticultural library and the gardens she created on 4,000 acres in Virginia.

Photo: Vanity Fair


New York Times—-Even the New York Times has their garden antennae up about Mrs. Mellon.