Valerie Easton is a freelance writer and author of five gardening books, most recently "Petal & Twig" (Sasquatch Books, 2012).
Permaculture is a garden-design approach that goes like so: You take care of the earth, the earth takes care of you. That’s the definition in a new book from Northwest authors Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein.
Uber-volunteer Sue Nevler is just about everywhere in the local horticultural community. She raises funds and furthers connections between all manner of gardens and institutions.
The talk and silent auction of rare plants and prints benefit plant exploration and study. “Plantsmanship as Competitive Sport,” is an event Hinkley describes “an evening of elucidation and folly.”
Austerity and decay have their attractions, especially when you know full well that beneath the soil, roots and bulbs are regenerating, preparing for spring.
Now is the time to scour the garden for the vestiges of last season to bring indoors and to begin dreaming next year’s garden.
Studying the work of British sculptor and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy helps us place art in sympathy with nature, as well as to appreciate the patina that develops as weather and time have their way.
Why not shop close to home this holiday season and honor the spirit of gardening while supporting local businesses and artisans.
It has grown during Director Andrea Dwyer’s tenure. The budget surged to $2.4 million last year. Tilth now has a staff of 50 educators, including experts in water conservation, soil building and food production from backyard-level to farm-scale.
We can still enjoy the pleasures of the garden in our dark days if we’ve planted a few evergreens to soften and enliven the view out the windows.
The average first frost date in the Seattle area is Nov. 11, depending on the elevation where you live and how close you are to moderating bodies of water like Lake Washington or Puget Sound.