Valerie Easton is a freelance writer and author of five gardening books, most recently "Petal & Twig" (Sasquatch Books, 2012).
Adrian Bloom’s garden in Norfolk, England, captures both the possibilities and repose of a winter garden. Silver birches, grasses, conifers and a blaze of Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ carry the garden through the coldest months of the year with little help from the 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.
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.
According to a 2013 estimate by “Science News,” house cats and feral cats kill between 1.3 and 4 billion birds a year.
You’ll find not only a fine, concise introductory essay on the history of gardens in our region, but also photos, descriptions and details sure to lure you out to visit gardens new and familiar.
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.