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June 20, 2012


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Wow! very lovely and artistic garden! That was such amazing post! I love to see the nursery too.


I have been reading your posts regularly. I need to say that you are doing a fantastic job. Please keep up the great work.

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I was very pleased to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out the new stuff you post.

valerie Easton

Hi Cathy,
Thanks for your kind words - why don't you email me at valeaston@comcast.net with some possible dates and what you have in mind?

Cathy Horrobin

Love following your news and information. I am speaker chair for our Garden Club in Oak Harbor and would love to have you come speak to our group. (About 60-70 members attend). How can I reach you?

valerie Easton

Hi Caitlin,
I think you need a real florist - if you're in Seattle, check out the gorgeous, fresh-from-the-garden look from Marigold and Mint or Fleurish...in Portland Francoise Weeks is an amazing florist...on Whidbey Island you'd want to talk with Mary Fisher at Cultus Bay Nursery for inspired wedding flowers...
Good luck,


Whoever said horticulture was boring? What a saga!

caitlin mchugh

hi val! i love your work. i am getting married in december and was wondering if you could advise/supply/help with my flowers? december is a time of branches and fragrant boughs! i'd be honored if you would help!! we can discuss prices, supplies, and timing. thank you for your consideration.

Riz Reyes

Glad to hear that Dan and Robert are willing to support the tribe.I truly hope that maintenance will be a priority and that our horticulture community can once again fully experience this remarkable garden!

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  • The first reviews on the new book are in! From Publisher's Weekly:
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    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
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