By the way, Nolan Rundquist is emphatic that we call the slice of lawn/dirt between sidewalk and street a planting strip, not a parking strip. “I don’t want people to park on them, I want people to plant out there,” he says.
Natural Gardener columnist Valerie Easton tells us what’s on the horizon as gardening season ramps up.
Marinating in an environment goes far beyond the visual. It includes, but isn’t limited to, how the place smells, how warm, chill, stale, fresh, breezy, light or dark it is.
Local experts offer up those that sparked their devotion. Plants as time travel, as fondest memories, as lifelong passion and pastime.
Fern expert Richie Steffen, of the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden, offers up some favorites that he wouldn’t garden without.
The charming little island compound of Ted Kennedy Watson (founder of Watson Kennedy fine-home shops) and his husband, Ted Sive, is a green, green place of calm, where nature reigns — with a fair bit of refereeing from the owners.
You can count on all 900 picks meeting these practical criteria: Every plant must be hardy to USDA zones 7 and 8, long-lived, have more than a single season of interest, and be reasonably disease- and pest-resistant.
Cameron Scott offers up shapely forms and simple materials for spaces of strength and beauty just off the shore of Lake Washington.
The research scientist, UW professor of medicine and environmentalist tends four acres of gardens at his home near Bremerton. Albers and photographer David Perry will speak about the property at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
Determined not to order more seeds than she has room to grow or time to tend, Valerie Easton sought counsel from seasoned gardeners.
Because pruning is a clean, dry chore, it’s a relatively pleasant way to connect with your garden even on dark, cold days.