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April 29, 2011


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Another trend in gardening that seems to be "growing" is the CSA....community supported agriculture...and it's perfect for those who don't have the room or time for a garden but still want fresh, local produce.
They're "sprouting" up all over!! :)

Christina Salwitz

Container gardens are a huge deal this year, even more so than last year it seems. In particular combining edibles and ornamentals. My own business is booming for people wanting this useful and practical element in the garden!
Using container gardens as a way of stretching the landscape design dollar is a big theme as well. Growing a smaller specialty plant into a larger size for a few years while it lives in a happy combo is a trend that seems to be growing on quickly in this economy!


Having to garden exclusively with NW Natives, I am learning a whole new plant vocabulary. Also learning and experimenting with fruits and vegetables vertical and in containers. I also talk to a lot of people who are interested in learning to compost as opposed to paying to have their yard waste hauled away.


Art in the garden


Oh, and terrariums..


Airplants - tillandsia. Very popular at the moment.

Kathy Abrashi

Simplicity....I think Ruth nailed it. Who wants complications, the garden is suppose to be a destressed retreat. We should never force something that shouldn't be. Simplicity. Newly transplanted to Dallas from PNW.


Organic gardening, once thought to be very left of center - even in gardening circles - is finally gaining acceptance. Even the big box store chains now stock a full line of organic supplies. Is it a trend? Possibly, but hopefully it becomes the status quo.


Adding to your #1 growing veggies/fruits in containers. Water gardens continue to be a trend.
Big-leaf plants and tropicals are still "in" I think.

Great post!

Ruth Armitage

I may be speaking purely from a personal viewpoint, but I think I'm more interested in less formal, more natural designs, working with natives and 'right plant right place' ideas to keep things in line, rather than cosseting and cutting back and pruning.

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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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