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valerie Easton

Hi Charlie,
Nurseries are like Costco, their stock is constantly changing. If I wrote in the paper that one or another nursery carried a specific plant, they'd be sure to be sold out by the time anyone read the story. If you get to know the plant buyers at any good nursery they can order plants for you if they don't carry them, and call you when the plant comes in....
Bartzella is worth hunting down - it's grown by Monrovia, which is a huge wholesale grower, so should be available at most larger retail nurseries...
Good luck,
Valerie

Charlie Fahsholtz

Your article in the sunday times on Itoh peonies very interesting, but where locally can I buy the yellow one Bartzella. I wish that authors would tell us where to get the plants you write about.

Nell Jean - Seedscatterer

I've been on their mailing list for years. I agree: the pictures are plant porn. Nothing is ever going to turn out like those photos but what fun to look at the catalog and dream!

Riz Reyes

I've always loved the WFF catalog, but you're right: it's outrageously expensive!

This was one catalog I had under my bed as a teen. I confess!

R

Lynn Warner

I grew up in Connecticut. Every new garden I cut in my parents' suburban lawn necessitated a trip to Litchfield to shop WFF in person. The catalog is a thing of beauty, as are all their display gardens. It makes me homesick for New England to think about it.

Michelle Campbell

After that description I couldn't help myself...just got off the phone ordering their catalog. Thanks for the sharing.

cheers,
michelle

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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,"
    - 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."
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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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