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Rooms for al fresco living make the most of limited garden space. Garden designer Scot Eckley tucked a comfortable garden room, framed by layers of hedging, into his family’s compact Maple Leaf garden. Scot and his wife, Devin, enjoy an evening fire with daughter Eden and dog Bo.
MIKE SIEGEL / The Seattle Times
Friday, September 12
Modern gardening is about sensibilities | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, September 5

Celebrating a force of nature: Elisabeth Miller | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, August 29

Garden Design magazine returns (in print) | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, August 22

Save summer by preserving flowers | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, August 15

UW program seeks to grow better farmers and consumers | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, August 8

How to drought-proof your garden | The Natural Gardener

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.

Friday, August 1

Sow seeds of success with help from the pros | The Natural Gardener

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.”

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.