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June 24, 2010


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valerie Easton

Hi Stacie,
Everyone should get a trug from their sister! I'm so pleased you're enjoying my posts - can you let me know more about what sharing posts on YourGardenShow.com would mean? You can email me at valeaston@comcast.net with more info if that'd be easier....

Stacie Shepp

Valerie, your photos are so vibrant and your words inspiring. I have never heard of a "trug" before but now I want one from my sister too - if I can get some of your lilies to put in it. I wonder if you would be willing to share some of your imagery and wisdom on our new site, YourGardenShow.com? I think our members would love to learn about you and enjoy links to your site and stories.


The trug is cute and it looks like it can be an all-purpose trug. The flowers are great too. I can imagine how the potted plants look amazing on that trug.


Can you please tell me if Jennifer James garden in Burien will be open for tours this summer 2010, perhaps in a fundraising format? Does she have a blog in which to communicate that interest?


Happy Birthday, Val the Great!!!
Know you're enjoying this beautiful weather.
And your trug! Once again Joan has excellent taste. Has the donkey arrived yet?

Loree / danger garden

Happy Birthday! And I know what you mean. Being a July birthday has the same benefits. My husband never has to wonder what to get me, just take me to Cistus!


Happy Birthday, Val!

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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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