Articles in the Archives
Garden Shows Past
Northwest Flower and Garden Show 2012
A Floral Symphony
February 7, 2012
NWFGS2012 — Resonating Sounds of Nature
A Beat of a Different Drum
February 11, 2012
NWFGS2012 — Children's Play Garden
As I walked through the door bidding me to go play outside...
February 13, 2012
NWFGS2012 — The Dinner Bell Rings: Eat Your Yard
All would be perfect in my world — just go out into the garden, tune up the turnbuckles, and play.
February 15, 2012
Best Plant in a Display Garden
I want to give some recognition to this spectacular plant. As I stood underneath the branches I couldn't help but be in total awe.
February 24, 2011
Seattle's Flower Show Tickles the Inner Child
Another wonderful garden extravaganza is the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.
February 22, 2011
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 and 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 and Garden Show Sneak-peeks.
February 19, 2008
Inside the Northwest Flower and 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
Sheering Ornamental Grass
Prune baby prune, soon baby soon, it’s time for the annual ornamental grass sheer.
March 11, 2010
Sweet on Corn
A challenging crop for the Pacific Northwest gardener.
August 6, 2008
Tomatoes in Pots
Lift them up where they belong!
May 6, 2008
Leaf Mold—turning the fallen into black gold
A beneficial way to recycle leaves and build humus rich soil.
Plants That Earn Their Keep
that plant's nice enough, but does it earn its keep in a small garden?
March 15, 2008
There's lots to love about growing lemons in the Pacific Northwest.
February 24, 2008
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
Whack 'em Back
The first step is to learn two simple horticultural terms: coppicing and pollarding.
- Propagating Plants from Stem Cuttings
Build a Simple Bog Garden
Exciting Garden Entryways
A walk through some amazing garden entrances.
Originally posted January 9, 2012 and updated November 12, 2013
High-Voltage Hanging Baskets Light Up Northwest Towns.
August 17, 2011
A Garden in Disarray
Life events can sometimes alter our lives, and our surroundings.
June 2, 2010
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
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
Hosta with the Mostest
I had to sit there for two hours holding that jar of water because the hosta leaf was top-heavy.
January 14, 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
Trowel in One Hand, Bulbs in the Other
From the Garden Bench
- Information on Propagating Trademarked or Patented Plants
A Mini Tour of Heronswood Gardens
Organic, Recycled, Sustainable, or Green
Meet the Meadow Border
Meadow marries mixed border for a sassy, grassy, drought tolerant garden.
October 14, 2011
Soil Conditioners Could Pose Asbestos Hazard
Among new products that may still contain asbestos are soil retention enhancers, particularly vermiculite.
February 25, 2009
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
The Cut Flower Market
As you would guess, the lilies and tulips that you buy in December are grown in a greenhouse.
January 25, 2012
Judge which ones you like best, because 'Little Honey', I can’t decide.
December 18, 2011
Chrysanthemums Signal Autumn and the Coming of Winter
To many, chrysanthemums signal the slowing down and ending of the growing season.
December 9, 2011
Chiastaphyllum, What's Not to Love?
Why is this wonderful six-inch high perennial not better known?
July 29, 2010
Swirly Dresses and Daffodils
Every Easter, it was all about the daffodils.
April 4, 2010
Top Ten Plants
Series: Garden writers from around the Pacific Northwest agreed to share with us a list of their top ten plants with a brief explanation why they made their list.
Top Ten Plant Lists:
- Charles Price and Glenn Withey
- Ciscoe Morris
- Kym Pokorny
- Lisa Albert
- Lucy Hardiman
- Mary Robson
- Scott Conner
- Wendy Tweten
April 3, 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
Planting and Care of Clematis
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
Great Grandma Used To Grow Nasturtiums
We Could All Use a Little Thyme
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
- Planning A Colorful Autumn Garden
- Acers for Fall Color
Winter's Secret Garden
The winter garden doesn't need to be a dreary reminder of the gray surrounding us.
December 28, 2009
Celebrate the winter season with a winning combination of piercing scent floating on clear, cold air.
January 18, 2008
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
Is It a Slug, a Fly, or a Wasp?
You see, a pear slug isn't really a slug, it's a sawfly.
March 9, 2010
Who's Spitting in the Garden?
Relax! It's just a tiny bug whipping up a white honeydew froth.
March 7, 2010
Please Don't Feed the Raccoons!
It does not help the raccoons to feed them, and is harmful.
August 30, 2008
Native Bees and the Color Blue
Our native bees consistently went for the blue.
February 6, 2008
Pond of Refuge