Valerie Easton is a freelance writer and author of five gardening books, most recently "Petal & Twig" (Sasquatch Books, 2012).
“Nature’s Studio” intrigued show-goers with novel sights like the log-enshrouded root cellar and shiitake mushroom tower (foreground), set against a backdrop of red twig dogwood.
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.
Breeders are miniaturizing the landscape, downsizing plants from conifers to cucumbers to suit people’s busy lives and smaller gardens.
“Urban farming is still having its place in the sun; it’s becoming the norm,” Pennington says.
You’ll read about everything from growing dahlias to foraging for food.
Annuals aren’t just for container growing, although that’s a great use for them. These are equally pretty growing in flower beds or cut for bouquets.