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Chef Vincent Nattress of Cultivar catering on Whidbey Island uses both perennial and annual herbs to add complexity of color, aroma and flavor to a variety of dishes.
Friday, July 25
Fresh, flavorful herbs put the delicious in dishes | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, July 18

Lessons from a winning show garden | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, July 11

Woodinville garden tour full of beautiful ideas | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, July 4

Flower power: Huge blooms will amaze and attract | The Natural Gardener

Flowers are the sexual organs of plants. Evolved to attract pollinators, they are equally effective at attracting us.

Friday, June 27

Add instant interest by going big, with leaves | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, June 20

Stately, stunning delphiniums offer brief, shining moments | The Natural Gardener

When you see English delphiniums, with supermodel-tall flower spikes in shades of deep Aegean-sea blue, you’ll fall in love.

Friday, June 13

For a calm garden consider sound and shelter, screens and art | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, May 30

Clippings: More plants to love, more gardens to visit | The Natural Gardener

Catch a ferry to one of our area’s island garden tours, whether it’s on Whidbey, Vashon or Bainbridge, or even all three.

Friday, May 23

Smaller plants offer big benefits | The Natural Gardener

Breeders are miniaturizing the landscape, downsizing plants from conifers to cucumbers to suit people’s busy lives and smaller gardens.

Friday, May 16

From garden sharing to good eating, Amy Pennington’s on it | The Natural Gardener

“Urban farming is still having its place in the sun; it’s becoming the norm,” Pennington says.

Friday, May 9

Gardening books worth a look | The Natural Gardener

You’ll read about everything from growing dahlias to foraging for food.