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May 03, 2009


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jordan france

oh so funny!

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Wow this flowers post look really nice and used flowers are really awesome.Its really nice combination of those different fresh flowers from your garden.


nice posting....i like it...it is really helpful to all...I love your first big bouquet from the garden.nice combination of those different fresh flowers from your garden


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Hi Val!You inspired me by your Big Bouquet.Wishing to see more pics from you.


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Hey Val,

I love your first big bouquet from the garden.nice combination of those different fresh flowers from your garden.hope to see more flowers on your post. keep it up!


valerie Easton

Hi Fiona,
What a coincidence - that's what I've always felt too - peacock feathers are true transformers...

Thanks for visiting my blog -

Fiona Gilsenan

I always say, it's the peacock feathers that really make the mossy chair.

Otherwise, you know, it's just a mossy chair.

valerie Easton

Hi Sally,
If you want to send a photo of your garden shrines - or any other readers would like to send their garden shrine pics - I'd love to post them....such a personal and transitory art form is such fun to share....


After years of building little scenes here and there in the garden, I realized that they were shrines, or shrine-like anyway. It's a fine meditation and can't hurt our collective garden karma. Your throne is a beautiful example.

online sunflowers

I have spring flower bouquet that prepared to my mom,i put it in her room.Hope she like it!Your bouquet is simply beautiful


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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
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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,"
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    "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."
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