Valerie Easton is a freelance writer and author of five gardening books, most recently "Petal & Twig" (Sasquatch Books, 2012).
Phlox paniculata ‘David’ is one of the latest blooming of the fragrant phloxes.
Because autumn scents are subtle, layering fragrance from trees to perennials is most effective.
“When I walk out the back door, I want to see food,” says the co-founder of Seattle Urban Farm Company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.