From lovely lights to cozy socks and the gardener’s version of a stocking, both colorful and useful.
Natural materials like greens and branches, berries and flowers are a breath of fresh air amid all the overdecorating that goes on this time of year.
So how do we reconcile plant lust, the compelling desire to grow more and more new and exciting flora, with a concern for the environment? Is it possible to be an eager yet responsible gardener?
Three new ones emphasize food plucked fresh from the soil, the beauty and nutritional value of vegetables, and how to cook what you grow yourself or pick up at the local farmers market.
Once a hard freeze hits, we’re left with shapes, shadows, bark and berries to carry us through winter — and it’s the berries that remind us the garden is still alive.
Horticulturist Tina Dixon has moved from her home in Bothell, and from her splendid, but labor-intensive, garden there. At her new home there is still plenty of land, but she vows to take it easy this time.
Natural Gardener columnist Valerie Easton admits that she’s not much of a traveler. But driving off on a garden tour means she can bring plants home. So now her itinerary includes nurseries as well as public gardens.
There are books for dreaming and books for planning, a perfect mix for the offseason.
Sure, other trees change with the seasons, but none with the grace and drama of Japanese maples.
Follow this to-do list and you’ll be all ready for the first blossoms of spring.
Often called Seattle’s Central Park, it was founded in 1887 and, like New York’s Central Park, was designed by the Olmsted Brothers landscaping firm.