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April 02, 2011


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Great blog and bumper sticker! :) Thanks for the motivation!

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Started clearing my garden this week after the first signs of the sun coming out. Looks like I have a major job on my hands. After four car loads of rubbish it is starting to look ok. Glad i read your post before starting. I was going to do the fun bit first.

valerie Easton

Better not even read my blog Charlie, somehow that might qualify as support for our president....


Thanks for the tips; after seeing your bumbersticker I know never to purchase any of your books. I don't want any of my money going to you which could then be given to help elect Obama to another term of destruction of this country.

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Get the garden ready, then start planning what you do in the garden. Getting the garden ready is a large task, bigger than i thought.

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Wow,great content and your blog design is just gorgeous. Is this template free or not. If so, would you please share this template? if not, Where can i purchase it? Thanks a bunch!

Laurie Feetham

Thanks to you, I am reading A Pattern Language and wanted to make sure you know it was a topic on NPR's Studio 360 tonight, April 3rd.

Laurie Feetham, Gardener,


"Key to success in steps 1 & 2 is to allow yourself to plant nothing until you're done. No nursery visits, no primroses, nothing..."

Wise words! Looks like cleaning up the garden is much more fun with a trusty pal.

A few tulips have braved yesterday's hail up here in Skagit, and the fields are sure to be ablaze soon. Do come for a visit!


Wow--such discipline. I tend to work on one area of the garden at a time. So while areas close to the house look good by early-March, the outskirts of the garden are still a mess in April. I'm beginning to wonder if I will ever get to them. Also, I have ADD in the garden. I head out intending to mulch the raspberries and half way though decide a patch of weeds under the roses must take priority. I definitely need a system.
Btw--I think I pruned my raspberries on the same day as you--the one sunny day in February.

valerie Easton

Oh, Nan, that's dangerous counting gardening hours. I've never wanted to quantify how much time I actually spend gardening, it'd probably be appalling....

I think your key words are "with more to go"....

The problem with a PA group would be that we'd all talk about plants and stir up yet more plant lust and...well, you know where that leads....

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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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