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August 15, 2012


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I always enjoy your posts and photos but I've gotta say, that ligularia is fabulous! Here's hoping you have a smooth and quick recovery.

Riz Reyes

YIKES!!!! ARRggrrhhh!!! NO BUENO!!! Feel better soon, Val!

Lauren Hall-Behrens

How horrible! I'm so sorry to hear it, Val!
Your garden looks gorgeous...

Sylvia Matlock

Val, I hope you heal fast, how terrible a situation. You are a lioness when it comes to your cub.I think the one armed gardener has a column in the Times/ potential.


Oh, that's terrible about the dog bite...but so glad it wasn't much worse!! What did the neighbor say about his well mannered dog?? It's usually the owner's fault for a vicious dog!!
Lovely blooming photos anyway and hope you heal quickly!!

Debbie Engel

You should have bitten him back!!!


What a great example of how the garden can keep us looking toward beauty and growth even in the face of attack and destruction. Thank you so much for your conintued inspiration for Northwest gardens. Best wishes in a hasty healing.


So sorry about that nasty dog! Heal well.

Linda Hoke

I always enjoy your posts and photos but I've gotta say, that ligularia is fabulous! Here's hoping you have a smooth and quick recovery.

Patti King

Hope your arm heals quickly. My broken 3rd finger on my right hand made life a bit difficult for about 6 weeks, but now is back in business. Even with injured arm and late summer fading, your garden is a goldmine of beauty - just can't avoid it with all the amazing plants you have growing there. Be well!

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  • 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
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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,"
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    "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."
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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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