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Garden Shows Past
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Show
Three Roaring Good Gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.
February 3, 2010
Shall We Dance? 2009 Northwest Flower & Garden Show
The garden is an island where every turn takes you to exotic places.
February 17, 2009
Sproutopia and So Much More
The 2008 Northwest Flower and Garden show definitely had kids in mind this year.
March 09, 2008
Orchids and the Boruca Mask Maker
In the garden display, the mask is used as a metaphor to the orchid, which nature created.
February 20, 2008
2008 Northwest Flower & Garden Show Sneak-peeks.
February 19, 2008
Inside the Northwest Flower & Garden Show
I felt like a ringmaster working with dozens of staff and volunteers to put together the garden...
February 17, 2008
2008 Yard Patio and Garden Show
Sneak peeks of some of the display gardens.
February 15, 2008
Timeless How-to Articles
Leaf Mold—turning the fallen into black gold
A beneficial way to recycle leaves and build humus rich soil.
Cross-breeding Christmas Cactus:
Considering the ease and appeal in crossing schlumbergeras, I'm surprised more of us don't try it.
December 22, 2007
Spirits Make Plants Less Tipsy
For paperwhites, we use the hard stuff—gin, rum, whiskey and tequila (with or without the worm)—for this project.
Whack 'em Back
The first step is to learn two simple horticultural terms: coppicing and pollarding.
Where Epimedium Rules
My get-up-and-go, got-up-and-went.
February 20, 2010
A few days before Thanksgiving in 2008 and I’m thinking about reasons to be thankful.
November 24, 2008
Please Don't Feed the Raccoons!
It does not help the raccoons to feed them, and is harmful.
August 30, 2008
Dirty Hands—Happy Face
Take off your work gloves; exposure to soil just might make you happy
August 5, 2008
They Call It Noxious Yellow
Trying to keep us all in good humor while the broom is in bloom.
June 2, 2008
Rainy Side Gardener's First Ten Years
Celebrating 10 years on the web.
May 4, 2008
Random Acts of Kindness
All of us can practice random acts of kindness from time to time.
April 27, 2008
Never Mind My Life, Mr. Grumbles
What makes us so special that we feel we can walk into an establishment after closing and expect service, keeping people after working hours?
March 28, 2008
Native Bees and the Color Blue
Our native bees consistently went for the blue.
February 6, 2008
Through the Eyes of a Child.
With all the empty, open pea pods scattered around her play area, I could imagine the pod people...
January 8, 2008
Sheepish in Seattle
A Minnesota gardener reflects on Seattle's garden style after a visit to the Northwest in 2002.
Heronswood: Closure and Moving On
It's been a little over a year since we heard the news about changes to Heronswood. An opportunity to see the gardens again.
July 17, 2007
Plant-shopping opportunities abound at the tip of Washington's Kitsap Peninsula
A Warming Trend in Outdoor Fireplaces
Warmth providers range from your basic rock-circled fire pit to architecturally pleasing fireplaces.
Gardening is a Sport
Selecting a Landscape or Tree Contractor
Pond of Refuge
Trowel in One Hand, Bulbs in the Other
From the Garden Bench
A Mini Tour of Heronswood Gardens
Organic, Recycled, and Green
Earth Worm Friendly Garden
Did you know that worm poop is 50% higher in organic matter than soil that has not been ingested by worms?
Recycled Greenhouse Retreat
I prefer these charming structures to the purchased manufactured, cookie cutter greenhouses.
Plant Tips: Beer or Coffee and Other Fancies
Some garden tips, facts and falsehoods, before you believe, research your garden concoctions!
May 9, 2008
The Water-wise Garden My interest in low-water-use plants grew out of self-defense.
Five Quick Ways Anyone Can Improve Their Green Space
Developing and maintaining your green spaces.
Slugging it Out!
Riddled with holes, plant leaves are either half-eaten or completely decimated; it's slug season in the Pacific Northwest.
Why Organic Is Not Enough
Swirly Dresses and Daffodils
Every Easter, it was all about the daffodils.
April 4, 2010
No Longer House Plants in the Northwest
February 9, 2009
I never met a clematis I didn’t like.
November 12, 2008
An Unusual Giant Himalayan Lily
One of their towering lilies, Cardiocrinum giganteum, was blooming pretty in pink.
July 6, 2008
Who's Dissin' the Sweet Peas?
We gardeners can be a fickle lot; nevertheless, I refuse to despise the sweet peas.
February 28, 2008
Epimediums and Companions for Dry Shade
The genus epimedium contains many garden worthy plants from a large area.
The Many Faces of Hydrangea
Hydrangeas are a no-fail shrub for Northwest gardens.
Growing Easy-going Garlic
We sometimes forget that garlic is a bulb too and is best ordered early and planted in October.
A Passion for Heucheras
Northwest Gardeners Benefit From Nature's Bounty
Barking Up the Right Tree
Chard and Kale in the Ornamental Garden
Raising the Great Pumpkin
Tulips for the Spring Cutting Garden
Where the Sweet Pea Garden Grows
Introduction to a Cutting Garden
Hardy Fuchsias in the Pacific Northwest
My Bleeding Heart—Dicentra
For the Love of Astilbe
Oriental Lilies for the Summer Garden
Sunflower Gold and Summer Dreams
Kalmia for the Pacific Northwest
Cold Spring Days and Berry Botanic Garden
April 8, 2008
Impulse of Spring
March 22, 2008
Take Two Falls and Call Me in the Morning
March 25, 2005
Spring Plant Sales
Last Days Of Summer
The Inevitable Fall Race
Autumn Has Fallen
Chimes of Spring Sunshine
Consider the winter hazels for late winter blossoms.
Fog in the Forecast
February 1, 2005
December in the Garden
January 10, 2005
I Love February!
'Tis the Growing Season
Brighten the Winter with Winter Berries, Part 1
December 11, 1998
Winter Berry Plant List, Part 2
January 13, 1999