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December 17, 2013


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Oh, then this must be the same condo you were mentioning in a previous post with the beautiful tree right out the window...I thought maybe you had moved to another apt. or something!
Anyway, it is lovely and Happy Holiday season to you!


Oh how I admire you pared down, divesting sort of people. Really, I do, but I'm on the other end of the spectrum -- one of those 'too much is never enough' and 'nothing succeeds like excess' type of person. Happy holidays to all.

valerie Easton

Hi Chris,
We still have our place in Langley - that's where I garden...this is just a little condo in Seattle, since my husband is still working in the city. We downsized again in the city, because I'm spending more time on the island....

Merry Christmas, thanks for your comments on Plant Talk, I always appreciate them....


Beautiful, simple holiday decorating! Does this mean that you no longer have your home on Whidbey Island with it's lovely little garden?

Karen Hugg

This is a great post showing how nature is really the best decorative accessory. I especially love this last photo showing just flowers, berries and fruit. They bring both beautiful color and structure to the table -- not to mention their colors nicely recall the paintings on the wall.


Val - I so agree with your decorating philosophy. Every year, fewer decorations come out of storage, and I enjoy the season so much more! Thanks for sharing your decorating ideas.

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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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