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March 30, 2009


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Wow! I love this!*

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Wow! I love this!*

Valerie Easton

Hi Ray,
Thanks for the info about using Japanese forest grass for a barometer of when it's time to water - and 'Aureola' is my favorite, too, even though 'All Gold' seems to be the more popular cultivar lately....the narrow stripe on each blade of 'Aureola' makes it more shimmery and multi-dimensional than the solid color 'All Gold'....

Ray Larson

Hi Val,
I can't believe it took the PPA so long to recognize this great plant. Maybe its been less available in other parts of the country until recently? I've often used it as a barometer of when the shadier parts of my garden are getting too dry in the summer, as it will wilt a bit after too much aridity. In my fairly well drained soil, it is the first thing that will look thirsty. It lets me know that I should water a bit before other plants start suffering after a couple of weeks without rain. Fortunately it snaps back quickly, so no harm done. It's been a favorite of mine for nearly 20 years now, and it is nice that it is so available locally these past decade. I agree that Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' is a great container accent--even in sun--and will happily increase with regular water. I still prefer 'Aureola' over the more recent 'All Gold.'

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  • Petal & Twig Made The New York Times!
    From Anne Raver's review: "Valerie Easton, a Seattle-based garden writer, discusses the art of growing and arranging cut flowers in “Petal and Twig: Seasonal Bouquets With Blossoms, Branches and Grasses From Your Garden” (Sasquatch Books; $16.95). Written as an informal diary, with photographs of arrangements from her own garden, and tips on cutting and keeping flowers fresh, the book inspires ideas not only on what to grow but on how to combine (or not) those beauties inside. See review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/garden/new-books-on-growing-and-arranging-flowers.html?scp=1&sq=petal%20&%20twig%20anne%20raver&st=cse
  • The first reviews on the new book are in! From Publisher's Weekly:
  • "Open your eyes and keep it simple: those are two lessons Easton passes on from her own 40 years in the garden. When selecting and arranging flowers for bouquets, you needn’t spend a bundle buying a bundle of imported flowers.....The result will be unique, local, imaginative, and inexpensive. Color photos throughout illustrate and inspire."

In the News

  • Montreal Blogger Reviews "A Pattern Garden"
    I was so pleased to find that "A Pattern Garden" is still being reviewed...check out Allan Becker's generous review on his Garden Guru blog.. I felt like Allan really understood what I was working towards in that book....he writes...."There is a delightful abstract quality to this publication. In it, the author takes good garden design to a higher, more spiritual level. Instead of discussing the aesthetic and scientific elements of design, as so many traditional garden design books do, she focuses on the role played in garden design by archetypal ideas - a.k.a. patterns - that reference the longings of human beings. These pleasure and comfort-rooted ideas are those that inspire designers to create gardens that are satisfying beyond their beauty." see more at http://allanbecker-gardenguru.squarespace.com/journal/valerie-easton
  • Planting art
    Check out this interview with Val in the Chicago Tribune on using art in the garden...

The New Low Maintenance Garden

  • Reviews Are In....
    "Over the years, countless books have espoused a low-maintenance approach to gardening. None have been as engaging, practical, or inspiring as this latest of Easton's contributions to the gardener's bookshelf,"
    - Pacific Horticulture magazine, Jan/Feb/Mar 2010

    "A handy guide to a garden you can raise without a corresponding increase in your blood pressure..handsome and informative...."
    - Metropolitan Home, Dec. 2009

    "This book is an invaluable addition to the garden library – destined to be a classic for many years to come."
    - Garden Design Online

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  • The banner and portrait photos were taken by Jacqueline Koch; all other photos by Val Easton unless otherwise credited.


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