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September 04, 2010


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I just love plants! That is why I look everywhere to find blogs about plants like your blog.

The sungold tomatoes are wonderful to look at. And also those ghost pumpkins. We don't have that one in my place.

I'm actually a grape grower but seeing these plants are a pretty sight for me to resist.

Johnny Gibbons

Hi Valerie,

Johnny Gibbons here from the Smithsonian Institution in DC. I love your blog.

I thought you might like to see our newest short video…this one focuses on butterfly gardening.

Our gardens here at the Smithsonian are home to a variety of plants, insects and butterflies. As we move into the fall months, take some time to prepare your butterfly garden for the cool weather. Jonathan Kavalier, Smithsonian Gardens Horticulturist, shares some important facts of butterfly gardening and provides viewers with several fall gardening tips. http://bit.ly/dyyVep

I hope you enjoy it. And please let me know if you can share it with your readers and website visitors.


John Gibbons
Press Secretary for Science
Office of Public Affairs
Smithsonian Institution
Office: 202-633-5187
Cell: 202-674-3434

Johnny Cheng

Dear Mr. Easton,

I (architect) recently visited a friend of mine in Bellevue and found that she has a wonderful modern garden which is so beautiful that I thought you might be interested in writing an article about it for the Seattle Times. I have created a photo album for the garden. So if you could give me your email address, I will be more than happy to share the album with you. Thank you very much and hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Johnny Cheng

Linda Hoke

Thanks for the nice end-of-summer photos, Val. I just bought your book "the NEW Low-Maintenance Garden" and am soaking in the philosophy and examples. I noted you provide a lot of resources. My husband remarked if I bring in ANOTHER garden book someday my epitaph might read "She was buried under a pile of garden books"! Well, not true, I replied. Old, outdated garden books have no place on my bookshelves. Your books remain where they're always handy.

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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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