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February 22, 2012


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The cake shows your love in nature. Because it look like a garden with that decorations.

valerie Easton

Only gardening ads, I promise - no erectile disfunction or miracle wrinkle vanishing creams along with the 3 days to a flat-stomach....


Happy Blog Birthday!

I don't mind the ad for Renee's one bit. I buy their seeds almost every year.
Just try to avoid the "Seattle mom has 3 secret rules for a flat stomach!" and such nonsense.


I love your flower arrangement with the hellebores and really like your begonias. They do look like fauna!

I am looking forward to your new partners and being able to have a ready source of products with just a click. I am going to try my hand at some salad veggies this year, so Renee's seeds will come in handy!

I love your blog and read all your posts. xx


I'm glad to hear you've chosen such targeted ads- I agree that when blog ads are done in a thoughtful way, they make sense for everyone. It's also nice that you've taken time to explain to your readers why there's suddenly something new on the blog.

Also, even though I was in charge of the cookbooks at a book store, your blog was one of the first ones I ever read, and only after I stuffed my blog reader with garden blogs did I begin to discover cooking blogs.

Susan Sellen

Happy Birthday Valerie,
I have loved your books for years and just now stumbled upon your delightful blog.
May you have many, many more years of blogging ahead of you.
-Susan Sellen

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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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