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January 23, 2013


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Plant Plan

We have had a nightmare over the last year with the most rainfall in years. It did cause havoc with crops as well as plants! I'm definitely of the opinion that we should become more proficient at growing our own food from the garden. We know where it comes from and that is has no pesticides in at least. Gardening is becoming more and more popular over in England now that young and old are doing it. Best of all we're thriving too with our indoor plants business, http://www.plantplan.co.uk/. At least the weather can't effect that too much.


If only wildflower meadows were as easy to maintain as they seem like they should be. Our mutual friend, Ferdi, took me to see a neighbor's on Sinclair Island. We were there at it's peak of bloom and condition and it was heart stoppingly beautiful -- it was like an Impressionist painting that seemed to shimmer. Unluckily for me, the batteries had fallen out of my camera into my jacket pocket, which was still in the boat, anchored off shore, though I doubt I could have done justice to it anyway. But, I was also told that it had to be redone every few years at a cost of thousands of dollars. And then there's always the possibility of introducing invasive aliens. We've all read the lists on the 'wildflower' seed mixes, haven't we? Jeesh.
There's also a national movement afoot to make growing food a legal right. Wouldn't that be nice?

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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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