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February 18, 2012


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Absolutely gorgeous! I wish I could see it in person, but unfortunately, Oregon is a bit off the beaten path for us Midwesterners.

Thanks for sharing!

Scott Weber

I agree...this was probably my favorite display at the show...and yet somehow I forgot to post my photo of it...drat! I thought the vignette of Rosemary and Kale was the single most effective planting at the entire show...elegant and understated. Also, a great example of how you can take humble, even (gasp, COMMON!) plants and use them well.

The Velvet Bulldog

Thank you for your comment regarding the lighting at the NW Flower & Garden show--it's ridiculous. At one garden, a friend and I were trying to figure out whether a shrub was dark green or maroon. What's the point of that? A former instructor of mine, who had a garden in the show said that often the gardeners aren't able to interact with the lighting designers and get less light than they want. I say, to heck with the "lighting designers." Turn on the lights!

valerie Easton

Hi Ruth,
I can't find dates for next year on the OAN (Oregon Association of Nurseries) website...usually it's one or two weekends after the Seattle show...you could check the OAN website in a few weeks and see if they've posted the dates for 2013...the show is definitely a good excuse for a winter trip to Portland...


This sounds wonderful! Can't make it tomorrow, but want to calendar this show for next year. Is the date set?

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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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