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February 22, 2011


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This winter’s been miserable,” Peavy said, acknowledging everything from his rehab from a season-ending latissimus dorsi tear on July 6, a recent illness of his father’s and unseasonably cold weather.

Glenn Withey


Have you ever thought it might be better, for most people, to support our small local farmers who are doing their best to save what's left our farmland?

And, in urban environments, there are rats. We've had multiple clients discover rats dining on their produce...

With no chickens at the show-I grew up with poultry and having been made to 'help' cut their heads off has left me with a distinct taste for store bought meat.

Oh well, to each their own.


You'd think that someone would have noticed that rhubarb is striking looking, easy to force, and goes well with osier dogwoods. I think I'd grow it for it's looks even if I didn't like it so much. My mom has a great rhubarb pie recipe.


Whoa dude!! That gardener with the turqoise whatever he is must be a stoner or really liked Alice in Wonderland!! :)


Hm, that does seem genuinely puzzling, to have no veges or chickens this year. Perhaps a little guerrilla gardening is in order: radish seed balls? A little forest of kale plants plants tucked into the bark dust? Maybe some fancy chickens wandering through the dogwoods would lend some funky energy!

I agree about the water features - give me a still, reflective pool over a gushing fount any day!

Thanks for the excellent sneak preview.

Loree / danger garden

You've definitely got my attention...now if the weather will just allow for the drive up I-5!

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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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