Valerie Easton is a freelance writer and author of five gardening books, most recently "Petal & Twig" (Sasquatch Books, 2012).
“The Living Landscape” explores how to design and care for gardens where humans and butterflies, like this one freshly emerged from its chrysalis, can coexist and interact.
These four new books are certain to inspire, entertain, instruct and just plain get you through the winter until it’s time to go back outside and dig in the dirt again.
Because they are tall and slender, you can pretty much find room for a stand of lilies in even the smallest garden. Or plant them in big containers, where they’ll bloom happily for years.
From dramatic designs to ‘Pixie’ grapes, plant appreciation grows.
Because autumn scents are subtle, layering fragrance from trees to perennials is most effective.
“When I walk out the back door, I want to see food,” says the co-founder of Seattle Urban Farm Company.
Being respectful of Earth’s resources and your own time and energies is modern. Gardens are becoming more utilitarian as people grow their own food, create spaces for sanctuary and healing, and perhaps downsize their gardening ambitions along with their homes.
Her own garden in The Highlands north of Seattle, as well as her many civic projects and her feisty personality, will be celebrated at the 20th annual Elisabeth C. Miller Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 11.
As their model, the new owners looked to Surfer’s Journal, which for 25 years has survived via the support of readers; no advertising. Subscribers pay more of the cost of the magazine, but because ads aren’t taking up space, there’s more room for content.
A wintertime occupation has turned into an ongoing experiment in repurposing: “I like saving and keeping things; preserving them satisfies me,” says Elaine Michaelides of her passion for capturing the fleeting nature of flowers.
The UW farm has two locations, where more than 60 graduate and undergraduate students, along with volunteers and interns, plant, tend and harvest fruit and vegetables.
While we may relish this short interlude of warm, dry weather, especially after the wettest spring on record, most plants do not. Don’t be tricked by mist, fog or the marine layer because gloom doesn’t do thirsty plants any good.