Mister D: Just got it confirmed…it’s not Bette!
â€œBig Nameâ€ Gardening Website Coming Soon
Posted by Susan Harris on July 24, 2012
Would anyone be interested in having a tv commercial shot in their back yard one day around the third week in July, at your convenience, for a big name new gardening website? They will pay $1500 for the day, and probably add a few flowers for extra punch.
Whoa, Nelly! First, weâ€™ve heard stories about a TV channel paying nothing, zip, for the privilege of filming in private gardens. No money, not even credit. (That would be HGTV, of course.) But this new venture â€“ a mere website! â€“ has $1,500 to pay for a single location for a television commercial! Wow.
Which leads to the most shocking part of the story â€“ the people behind a gardening website can afford to pay for television ads to promote the thing! Again, unheard of.
Naturally, I wrote to the author to ask for the â€œbig nameâ€ in question, but didnâ€™t get an answer. So, on the hush-hush, letâ€™s all speculate, shall we?
Among big names connected to gardening, Martha Stewartâ€™s comes to mind but she already has a gardening website. So letâ€™s think outside the garden.
Like Oprah! Names donâ€™t get much better â€“ actually, any bigger. Googling her name and â€œgardenâ€ produced the photo above of her with Nate Berkus, as she toured his garden. And we know she attended a garden party at least once.
Michelle Obama comes to mind but based on the call for a perennial garden, with no mention of edibles, Iâ€™d rule her out. Plus, in an election year, sheâ€™s kinda busy.
But there ARE some big-name actresses who are on record as gardeners. Like Gwyneth Paltrow â€“ hereâ€™s the evidence on her website strangely called Goop. Sheâ€™s seen here adding to the spectacle that is the Chelsea Flower Show.
And Bette Midlerâ€™s been advocating gardening for years now â€“ specifically in New York City. But she doesnâ€™t seem like a big website person to me, like the younger, trendier Gwyneth.
For other leads I Googled â€œcelebrities who gardenâ€ and didnâ€™t get much â€“ mainly this list of celebrities whoâ€™ve â€œgone green.â€ There I found big names indeed, like Brad Pitt and George Clooney, but thereâ€™s no mention of either of them actually gardening. The closest celeb found getting his hands in the soil was Adrian Grenier, whoâ€™s been filmed building a compost bin. But Cameron Diaz is all over the place, green-wise, so maybe sheâ€™s the next gardening diva.
I sure donâ€™t know but am ridiculously curious.