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Tying UpTwo Loose Ends About Earth Day

Spring came early to Montreal this season and that gave my garden design business a jump-start. However, it put a wrinkle in other plans; for example, the posting of some book reviews are backing up. That is disappointing; especially for one new book that deserves special mention at this time. With Earth Day to be celebrated next week, it would have been timely to post a review of Sue Reed’s new book Energy-Wise Landscape Design. That subject is most appropriate for Earth Day and for all year round, as well. I am so intrigued by the meandering path on the cover of her book, that I can hardly wait to read it. A review will be posted here in the near future.


This image first appeared on the website Gardening Gone WildFor over forty years, the media has consistently reported that  the members of the rock band The Rolling Stones are very intelligent, well-educated people. Therefore, it came as no surprise when accomplishments of its brilliant keyboard player, Chuck Leavell, were reported in Fran Sorin’s newest posting at Gardening Gone Wild. It is titled "Down to Earth With a Rolling Stone", and well worth reading.  Why would a renowned garden writer like Fran write an in-depth article about a rock star? The answer is that Chuck is very active with conservation and environmental issues. This is the second time in two weeks that Fran has written a fascinating character study that deals with the human side of horticulture and gardening. This unabashed fan of Fran Sorin is most appreciative.


Other Garden Bloggers' Posts.

The talent that most garden bloggers bring to the Web with their cameras,  keyboards, and their souls consistently blows me away. By sheer coincidence, this week, no less than three fellow on-line garden bloggers posted articles that are worthy of special attention and your link-click.

On April 9, 2010, Eileen at Gatsby’s Garden wrote “May I Borrow That View Please”, a short jewel of journalism about the garden next door. Her post gives new appreciation for other people’s plants that grow within view of our own garden. How ingenious of Eileen to discover a specific component of garden designing that is, literally, always before our eyes.

Fran Sorin at Gardening Gone Wild wrote a moving article titled “The Soul of a Garden” on April 10, 2010. In this posting, she reports on a jaw-dropping steep garden made of rock and built by hand, by a garden designer with a haunting past. The awesome rock creation is breathtaking and disturbing, just like it's creator's biography.

At Steve Snedeker’s Landscaping and Gardening Blog, Steve created a great piece of photojournalism on April 8, 2010. Titled “Bernheim Forest - a “Holy Cow” of Springtime Delights”, it is full with ethereal images and beautifully written commentaries on a forest that holds great personal meaning for the author. It is rare to describe a posted garden blog as touching.