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October 06, 2010


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Those look like the hoops that you get from 1/2 whiskey barrels when the wood on them starts decomposing. I've hung several on a wooden fence to let vines crawl up through and around them. My husband rolled his eyes also - so I'm glad to see that others like them besides myself!

Wendy at Muck About

Ha! I'm delighted to see your hoop garden art! I picked up a set of three hoops this summer at a yard sale, and when I unloaded them from the car my husband rolled his eyes.

Well, let him roll his eyes now that Valerie Easton has a hoop in her garden too.

Does this mean we're ahead of the curve?


That really is lovely, and I'm jealous of your frog :) How green it is! (in all senses of the word!) One of the most fun bits of repurposed art I've ever seen was the inner "harp" from an old piano, mounted sideways in a garden of a house my parents rented on Bainbridge Island one summer. Cool looking and fun to strum.

Just this week a fellow down the street was setting out big concrete blocks, the kind with two deep wells in them, on the parking strip for people to take away for free. I claimed them immediately as I was walking by with my dog, and he helped carry them to my house. They are just the thing to cover up a strip of grass alongside my house, with sedums of different types planted in them. Not exactly repurposed art, but repurposed somethings.

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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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