Four opinionated garden writers give their unadulterated views on gardening and the horticultural world. We try not to take ourselves too seriously.
Convinced that gardening MATTERS.
Bored with perfect magazine gardens.
In love with real, rambling, chaotic, dirty, bug-ridden gardens.
Suspicious of the “horticultural industry.”
Delighted by people with a passion for plants.
Appalled by chemical warfare in the garden.
Turned off by any activities that involve “landscaping” with “plant materials.”
Flabbergasted at the idea of a “no maintenance garden.”
Gardening our asses off.
Having a hell of a lot of fun.
I am a magazine editor. The other ranters are also professional writers, as well as having other areas of expertise. Ranter Amy Stewart has written three books on gardening, including the 2006 title Flower Confidential, an in-depth exploration of the cut flower industry.
I also have a personal garden blog at gardeningwhileintoxicated.com. That came first.
I am passionate about gardening and blogging seemed a great way to document my garden as well as comment on garden-related topics. There is a wonderful community of garden bloggers who regularly check each others’ blogs. We have our own blog awards, called the Mouse and Trowel awards, which were started by Colleen of In the Garden Online.
I have been with Garden Rant since January, 2007. I have had Gardening While Intoxicated since April, 2005.
Garden Rant gets about 800-1000 visits a day, depending.
I believe there is some income, but I am not the ranter who handles it. I don’t think it is a large amount. We like to think of our blog writing as an informal addition to the writing we do for print publications and books.
Anyone who takes an interest in that colorful, resilient, fragrant stuff that comes out of the ground, whether you want it to or not. All gardeners, as well as those who don’t garden themselves but like to read the home/garden sections. I think any reader might be drawn by the lively writing and the strong opinions.
Garden Design Magazine called us: “Pithy, hysterically funny, with poignant news and views of all aspects of the garden world. Don’t miss their Manifesto!” We’ve also received praise from Canadian Gardening magazine, BBC’s Gardens Illustrated, and the National Gardening Association. Our readers have called us “Witty, sharp, and relentless good fun” and “sassy, knowledgeable commentary, always provocative, always surprising” and “first blog I read every day.”
About an hour.
We’re fun, we’re opinionated, we’re good writers, and we connect our topics to the big picture of what’s going on nationwide and worldwide. Don’t subscribe if you want to know minute details of our personal lives. Do subscribe if you want to hear intelligent opinions about things that matter—issues that have to do with the way we deal with nature and the planet.
Who can predict which blogs will succeed? Personally, I’m not a fan of obsessively autobiographical blogs, but many blog readers love them. I also hate celebrity blogs, but we all know how popular those are! Don’t ask me for advice—the only thing I’d say is make it FUN.
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