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February 08, 2012


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Noah Roehl

Hi Valerie,

I am a native of Whidbey Island and had the pleasure of growing up with a year around gardening mom. I now live in Seattle but keep a strong connection to Whidbey and follow some of the other Whidbey "Prodcuts" that have gone on to do really cool and interesting stuff.

I have read a few of your articles and find them really interesting, and thought you might like to hear about a former Whidbey resident that is doing some cool stuff in and around Seattle.

Jessica Roundy is a Landscape Architect with an art history background. She has done some pretty amazing garden installations and has some cool ideas for urban dwellers who might lack the property to have a larger garden.

Here is her website, I think it is pretty interesting stuff.

Keep up the great work, I like reading your articles and love hearing about all the innovative and interesting people.


Exactly!! It's kind of like when "chefs" take perfectly fresh, beautiful, food and try and turn it into an art form on a plate after first "infusing" it with all kinds of wierd ingredients. I look at some of those food arrangements the same way as a crazy, looking, flower arrangement and think....HUH??

valerie Easton

Hi Ruth,
It was great to meet you today at my talk..."lo'fi" is a term I just learned, related to the music world but its meaning had bled over into a more general context. It means, as I understand it, creating something that's personal and special, yet that is easy, low-cost, and made with casual abandon...isn't that great? The opposite of forced, overdone, pretentious, or meeting others' expectations rather than your own...
Does that help?

valerie Easton

Hi Chris,
I couldn't agree with you more, but honestly that arrangement was better than some, because it at least had color and line going for it. Some were very heavy and gloomy as well as artificial-looking. I think it's an art form I just can't appreciate - why manipulate flowers that are so beautiful when fresh and natural??


Hi Val, loved your presentation! Can you share your wonderful quote about "lo-fi"? It was superb, but too long for my limited working memory capacity to fully capture!


I can't believe that arrangement won first place...there's no rhyme or reason to it at all, that I can see and it looks fake! Half of that stuff doesn't even grow around here. I really think the Northwest Flower and Garden show, should be just that...about the Northwest!

Lauren Hall-Behrens

Another great post! Do you know the maker of that fabulous white chaise?


A great tour of what is in store! Can't wait to see it all. Looking forward to your upcoming article. xx


I do like that last artist. I will go find Stubborn Twig tomorrow. Great name.

Good day today.

Great to see you.


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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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