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Friday, January 16

Permaculture: You take care of the earth, the earth takes care of you | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, January 9

Northwest Garden Greats: Sue Nevler is a volunteer extraordinaire | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, January 2

NW plant geeks Dan Hinkley and Jim Fox square off, and other garden news | The Natural Gardener

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.”

Friday, December 19

It’s winter; the garden is resting, and we should, too | The Natural Gardener

Austerity and decay have their attractions, especially when you know full well that beneath the soil, roots and bulbs are regenerating, preparing for spring.

Friday, December 12

Grow your own bouquet flowers | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, December 5

Use nature as your guide for creating art for outdoors | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, November 28

Garden gifts that keep on giving: read, plant, decorate, soothe | The Natural Gardener

Why not shop close to home this holiday season and honor the spirit of gardening while supporting local businesses and artisans.

Friday, November 21

Seattle Tilth reaches out with partnerships and more | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, November 14

Hardy, colorful shrubs will brighten any drab day | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, November 7

As autumn leaves fall, here’s your checklist | The Natural Gardener

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.