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March 09, 2009


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Valerie Easton

Hi Susie,
It's so good to hear from you - thanks for commenting. But go easy on those of us who wintered here and lost so many plants - we can only take so much talk about Baja & the Sea of Cortez and especially all the succulents that are thriving in your Mexican garden....

Send us a photo, to really rub it in....

Susie Marglin

Hola Val,
I am sitting here in my garden in Baja on the Sea of Cotez. I finally can grow all the succulents you refer to and of course more. I cross the border at Tecate with my car full of orders from YuccaDo and Plants Delight Nursery. I draw no attention from the drug cartels with plants they probably think I am loco to bring back to their country from where they probably originated. I have plantd the Rennee's garden greens and arugula. Putting dressing on the greens within 30 days of planting. Can't pick the argula fast enough before it gets the serrated edges. I hear I am suppose to pick and eat the arugula while margins are still round. Oh well still edible to me. I head back to Seattle in a few days with a visit in San Francisco to see the Flower and Garden Show there. Thanks for the NWFG show pictures, I have not been there in years, always in Mexico that time of year. I have found the San Franciso show much better, a bit over the top and a plant palette I enjoy more. The show, held at the Cow Palace is a trip down Memory Lane. I use to go see Jefferson Airplane and the Stones when I was a teenager. Yes that was the 60's when I lived there! This year the show for the first time has moved to the San Mateo Exhibition Hall. I don't know if this is Duane'a last harrah here as some gal is orchastrating the show. I look forward to following you vicariously around your northwest travels. A spell check might be a nice tool for those of us who spell poorly or are too lazy to grab a dictionary. Sort of like a runny cold nose in the winter garden. Do you always go to the house for kleenex? Is there a way to chat with you so I don't have to subject your "viewers" to more than they want to know? Next posting I'll wax elequent about this blog. Kudos, Val
Susie Marglin

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New Book: Petal & Twig

  • 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

Photo Credits

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


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