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May 09, 2010

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Susan

Thanks for the information on the
bistro table and chairs--very much
appreciated. Look forward to photos of
future bouquet centerpieces gracing the table
top.

Susan

valerie Easton

Hi Susan,
That bistro table and chairs are actually very comfortable, the table comes in a square shape with rounded corners as well as round, and in other fabulous colors like violet and chartreuse (hard choice there on colors....I wavered....) I bought it at Swansons; I've also seen them at Ravenna Gardens at University Village....
Val

Susan

Can you let us know where you found the
wonderful orange bistro table and chairs--
thank you.

Susan

Kimberly

Thanks! I'm not local, but their website says they will be doing online ordering soon. I'll give them a call on Monday. Maybe they'll ship. I saw one at TJ Maxx maybe 6mo ago like that but didn't buy it because it was heavily damaged. Been wanting one ever since.

valerie Easton

Hi Kimberly,
The orange buddha is made of resin, has held up outside for a couple of years - my kids bought it for me at Retrofit Home, 12th Ave. on Capitol Hill right near Boom Noodle...

I hope they still carry them....
Best,
Val

Kimberly

I am in love with your orange buddha. I've been looking for a similar one for years (the color scheme of my garden), but a Google for orange buddha comes up with lots of hits for a marijuana strain :P Any idea where I could get one like yours?

Ruth

I think my children meant to give ME that gorgeous bistro set this Mother's Day!!

Kathy A

You are a lady after my own heart.I love reading your blog...and paper column. I think MOTHER nature wanted us out in our yards this weekend. Happy mothers day to you too!

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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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