Valerie Easton is a freelance writer and author of five gardening books, most recently "Petal & Twig" (Sasquatch Books, 2012).
The main University of Washington farm stretches over an acre and a half at the Center for Urban Horticulture campus, and is tended by students, volunteers, interns and the Seattle Youth Garden Works program of Seattle Tilth.
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.
Gardening is often more luck, experimentation and disappointment than it is joyous pursuit. Which is why nurseries and marketers are selling ready-made seed mixes and “gardens in a box.”
Here’s some advice about what to do with them from chef Vincent Nattress of Whidbey Island, who is known for his fresh, vegetable-and-herb-rich cooking.
The big winner at this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show didn’t feel like a stage set. The garden masterfully drew you in because it was a story as much as plants and hardscape.
Want to learn about plants and gardens? Valerie Easton says there’s no better way to do that than by getting to see what other gardeners have done. This year’s Woodinville Tour of Gardens is July 19.
Flowers are the sexual organs of plants. Evolved to attract pollinators, they are equally effective at attracting us.
We forget that plants can be as bold and breathtaking in leaf as in flower. There’s no quicker way to update your garden than to add a few big-leaf plants.
When you see English delphiniums, with supermodel-tall flower spikes in shades of deep Aegean-sea blue, you’ll fall in love.
A healing garden must be an organic one, a place of safety for humans, pets and wild creatures. But there are other things you can do to bring comfort to your garden.
Catch a ferry to one of our area’s island garden tours, whether it’s on Whidbey, Vashon or Bainbridge, or even all three.