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January 08, 2010


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Nice idea! I never try to make a flower tissue before, Anyway, thanks for sharing this post. I've got an idea.

Send Flowers to USA

Gorgeous work, thank you for sharing this method.

philippines flower

Lovely flowers! Wish I can also arrange beautiful flowers like that. I want to learn how to arrange flowers cause it so interesting. Anyway, I enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for sharing!


philippines flower

Omg! i really like your post so much,and this one is also beautiful perfect center piece. :)



Huh, I thought 'Diane' was more deeply red; I have one that looks like yours but thought it was 'Jelena.' But mine isn't too fragrant. Interesting. I never cut branches, I worry to hurt the tree since my clippers are always a bit on the rusty side... they do look good in your vase, though!

valerie Easton

Hi Chris,
So glad you're enjoying the new book. I've never seen Anna's hummingbirds feed on witch hazels...any of the winter blooming mahonia, such as Mahonia 'Arthur Menzies' which blooms January into February, are beloved by hummingbirds. As the mahonias fade, our native currants (Ribes sanguineum) come into bloom to feed the hummingbirds...thanks for asking, I think I'll do a post on feeding native hummers over the winter...stay tuned...

Chris Morrell

Val - I too received your new book for Christmas, top of my wish list, really enjoying it. Loved your "A Pattern Garden" book too.

Ref Witch Hazel, do hummingbirds feed from them? I have a pair of Anna's attracted by my hardy fucia that flowered until late November. Since then I've put out hummingbird food but would like to plant winter bloomers to help sustain them. Any suggestions?


Hi Valerie- I received your new book for Christmas & I love it !!!! Great content and great pictures - I'm bursting with new ideas and itching to get into the dirt. Thanks for a great book.

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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

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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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