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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Media, Blog and Web Sites
"Also local and well worth visiting are www.rainyside.com..."
Valerie Easton, Seattle Times
"In addition to volumes of information on subjects ranging from slugs to garden design and first-rate plant choices, the site is noteworthy for its hundreds of magazine-quality photographs. In the Plant Gallery alone, each of the more than 600 offerings is accompanied by cultural information, personal observations and a high-resolution photo. The pictures are shot by Teachout-Teashon herself, who is an award-winning photographer with an impressive client list of horticultural magazines and nurseries."
Kingston Community News
"One of my favorite online spots, Rainy Side Gardeners, features some good information on the finer points of selecting, planting and growing garlic."
From Debra Smith's blog, Mudraker (Smith is a garden columnist for the Everett Herald) . August 24, 2007.
"Local Kingston Gardener, photographer and writer, Debra Teashon has a most informative and useful award-winning website. Visit www.rainyside.com which is the Rainy Side Gardener website offering a host of information about growing plants in our maritime climate.
... Teashon photos are exquisite and the links provided offer a host of educational tips and information on plants galore."
From "Dig This" column by Peg Tillery and ran in North Kitsap Herald, Bainbridge Island Review, Port Orchard Independent and the Central Kitsap Reporter . August 1, 2007.
"Ratings scale: *** Excellent. ** Good. * Poor.
OVERALL RATING ***
The rainy side isn't necessarily a bad side. The Rainy Side Gardeners Web site, for instance, which focuses on those who garden on the rainy side of the Cascades, from British Columbia to Northern California, is filled with goodness and, if not light, growing things. The Web site knows its audience and provides scads of information: articles on gardening, a calendar of events, a forum, plant bios and beautiful photography. Even the ads are unobtrusive and -- bonus! -- there are no popups.
Recent and archived articles include such topics as "A Passion for Heucheras," "Bare-root Bonanza" and "Chimes of Spring Sunshine." Recent book reviews include "Pots in the Garden: Expert Design and Planting Techniques" by Ray Rogers; "Gardening on a Shoestring" by Rob Proctor; and "A Book of Blue Flowers" by Robert Geneve.
A whole section on container gardening features ceramics, hanging baskets, window boxes and more, plus the plants to put in them. The latest news of the Northwest is all there, as well as a whole section on native plants, broken down into plants that are friendly to the hummingbird, butterfly and caterpillar.
There's also a plant gallery (beautifully photographed) and a growing guide, complete with quotations by well-known authors.
All content is at your fingertips, a breeze to access.
REGIONAL INTEREST ***
Location, location, location! It's all Northwest and its cloudy, moist, moody climate.
EXTRA TOUCHES **
Gardeners can sign up to receive the Web site's newsletter with articles, tips and updates on what's new on the site. There's also a new quote daily on the front page. Example: "More than anything, I must have flowers, always, always." -- Claude Monet"
From a review by Ann Robinson in the Oregonian Newspaper. April 12, 2007.
"Great site for looking up Northwest specific information on plants and gardening."
From the article "Bounty of resources for new gardeners, from books to hot lines" by Jan Behrs, special supplement to the Sunday Oregonian for the Yard, Garden & Patio Show, February 18, 2007.
"These come from author Debra Teashon, cofounder of the premier — in my estimation — website for maritime Northwest gardeners: Rainy Side Gardeners. . ."
From the article "Growing Pains" NewsRegister.com (McMinnville, Oregon) Thursday, February 15, 2007
"Produced by Cascadia gardeners, this offers articles about gardening in our region, plus an active forum and a plant guide with many excellent photos."
The Seattle Times Wednesday, January 10, 2007
"1. www.rainyside.com: The very best of the best. Geared specifically toward gardening in the maritime Northwest. Amazing photography, plant bios, forums for information exchange, calendar, articles on every aspect of gardening. Put it at the top of your bookmarks because you'll be using it a lot."
The Oregonian Thursday, January 4, 2007
"Rainy Side Gardeners...Devoted to gardening in the maritime Northwest. Info ranges from plants to pests to pronunciation, plus a readers' forum."
The Oregonian Thursday, June 15, 2006
"Stunning photographs and first-person accounts on growing the plants in the U.S. Pacific Northwest round out this guide. . ."
"Debra's specialty is landscape plants and her photographs are exquisite. I felt as if I could touch and smell the plants depicted on her site... Their site has been up and running since 1998. It's a user-friendly site with an encyclopedia-worth of horticulture help included. I'm glad to have finally discovered it; you will be too."
DIG THIS By Peg Tillery (Kitsap.WSU.edu)
". . . fall in love with," says Debra Teashon, one of the best Hort. writers on the web at Rainy Side Gardens -- do check out this site!"
". . . It has a lot of information, plus beautiful photos."
"Enthusiastic gardeners will love this site containing information and forums where you can learn from other gardeners."
"www.rainyside.com. The "go-to" place for Pacific Northwest habitat gardening."
The American Gardener magazine. March/April 2005 issue.
"Rainy Side Gardeners: This website is nicely set up with information for the Pacific Northwest gardener. Lots of good articles to peruse."
"Cream of the crop The Internet can be a source of great information for novice and experienced gardeners. But with the zillions of Web sites out there, you need to be picky. Two of H&G's faves: www.rainyside.com. . ."
"A Pacific-Northwest gardening website. It has a lot of information, plus beautiful photos."
"Rainy Side Gardeners: An excellent resource of gardening articles, plant lists, and links to other quality web sites. Well worth visiting time and time again."
"Voyez d'autres magnifiques lys avec leurs conditions de culture et leur caractéristique."
"How to Plant, Care for and Prune your Clematis by one of my favorite garden writers, Debra Teashon."
"Nice, fast-loading site with plenty of information on everything from edible gardening, ornamental gardening, building a simple bog garden, native plants, and lots of other good information, tips and great photos."
"A great site for Pacific Northwest gardeners is Rainy Side Gardeners."
"Rainy Side Gardeners compiles this handy list of Pacific Northwest plant sales, tours and shows."
"Good source of articles and links pertaining to gardening in the maritime Northwest."
"An excellent art and garden site, with an equal emphasis on the visual and the written word. Regularly updated. Pacific Northwest."
"This website (Rainy Side Gardeners) is nicely set up with information for the Pacific Northwest gardener. Lots of good articles to peruse."
. . . "packed with substance for active gardeners, and peppered with a bit of good humor."
Marion Owen, Fearless Weeder for PlanTea, Inc. and Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul
"Maritime Pacific Northwest gardening – great site!"
"Debbie has packed a lot of good info on this site, including one of the best Butterfly caterpillar plant lists I have seen, and some good discussions on native plants, etc. Well worth surfing through the site, IMESHO."
Green Man Gardens
"A well designed site with lots of information for the NW gardener."
"A great site for Pacific Northwest gardeners is Rainy Side Gardeners."
One of five web sites, chosen by Britannica editors for their Internet Guide.
August 27, 2004 Most Popular In Regional The 5 most visited sites in all 'Regional' categories, updated daily! Number 1 = 1. Rainy Side Gardeners
"This website is nicely set up with information for the Pacific Northwest gardener. Lots of good articles to peruse."
"Nice, fast-loading site. . . and great photos."
". . . a nice native plant section with photos."
"Rainy Side Gardeners — a friendly, chock full of information site..."
All Other Comments and Kudos
I am a Southern/Central Oregon transplant who was started from a local Salem cutting (my Grandma Mattie). After living for years in the dry and windy desert where I longed to grow something, I am now thriving this rainy weather and workable soil of the Mid-Willamette Valley.
Thanks for all of the valuable information I have gleaned from your site to help me with my green and growing. It seems your site answers ANY questions I have about succeeding in my yard and garden.
You have helped this gardener to blossom. :)
Barb in West Salem, OR
A well-deserved kudos from a nursery professional in Salem, OR. The site is well-organized and jam packed with useful information. I will recommend it to all of my favorite NW retailers, who will undoubtedly find it helpful when dealing with their customers tricky questions.
Keep up the good work!
Alpha Nursery, Inc.
Hello Rainyside Folks,
On behalf of the Show garden designers and crew I would like to thank you for the wonderful description you wrote about our 20009 NWFGS "Shall We Dance...in the Garden" landscape display. It has become quite evident over the last few years of building garden displays and being a nursery grower that plants have become the least important part of gardening to today's gardening public. It was most refreshing to see an article that extolled our vision of gardening as having features that enhanced the plants rather than vice versa. We had ben coming to the conclusion that even if the show does not close we need to expend our energies in some other direction since being "green" these days seems to be about anything but plants or plant diversity.
Judith I. Jones, aka The Fern Madame
Good morning from Athens, Georgia
Just a quick note to say thanks for a job well done. You don’t know me from Adam’s house cat, but I do some writing while teaching and research at the University of Georgia. I am presently working on a book of Vines (as if there are not enough of those already) and I am consulting your website a good deal. Nicely done.
If I can help with anything you do, let me know. All the best.; good work.
Just found your website today and wanted to compliment you on a really, really nice environment you've created on the web. Excellent content, great photos. Well done!
I enjoy a good cup of coffee each morning while I read my Rainside Forum. It's habit forming but at least it's one of the better habits I have formed over the last couple of years. Thank you for bringing such an interesting and informative venue for so many of us who are avid fans. Good job!
Sandy in Seattle
This is the most awesome gardening website I have ever visited! Thank you so much for the work you have put into it. It is easy to get around the site and has great info that seems geared to ME! I love the northwest and I love plants and gardening. Gives me a happy heart.
Googled Heptacodium which I found at a local nursery. I have never seen this shrub nor heard about it from my gardening friends in our Unit 98 Arboretum group (Washington Park Arboretum--Seattle) here in Tacoma. Your site was the first googled, and I can't imagine any better. I will certainly be using it frequently......one can only have so much space for garden books.
Your website is fabulous - a treasure trove of information. I'm so glad I found it...
Thanks so much,
... I just have to tell you that I'm mostly impressed by your native plants-section! You know, I'm originally from Germany and I always was impressed by the abundance of unique plants in the Pacific Northwest! I mean, it's the counterpart to a tropical rainforest! I've never been there (Sigh!) but I would love to see that part of the country eventually!
From great houseplants (like Tolmiea) to huge trees like the Redwoods, the Pacific Northwest has everything to offer! And even more than that! It just seems to me that you guys are just blessed with a unique variety of extraordinary plants (and animals) just waiting to be even more appreciated as they already are! And, honestly, I haven't seen a website yet, that brings exactly that unique experience together into one spot! You guys are just great and give a lot of information to people, who might just want to give these unique plants a shot in their own backyards! RESPECT!
And the funny thing is, that I just stumbled across your website because I wanted to find out a little bit more about 'Mentha requienii'... And this, of course, is not even close to being a native of that area.... :) Bottom line: I'm just loving your site!
I just love all the information you're able to give passionate gardeners (like me)! Keep up the good work! Have a great and successful summer!
What a great web site! Packed with information! Love it, and it's bookmarked.
My humming birds and I thank you.
What a wonderful site you have produced. I have let our members in the Kingston Garden Club know of your site and the invaluable information it contains. Thank you for providing a wonderful service for NW gardeners. This site is especially helpful for our new move-ins.
Just wanted to say thanks to you for a fab website. Searching for info , I often end up on your site and think its so pretty & well done .
So, sent you a donation today .
Hello there: Glad you accept kudos as I wanted to express my gratitude for the concept of this site which is PNW friendly to all of us, even across the border. It is most refreshing, indeed.
From the Pacific Southwest of Canada,
Really liked the page on big leaf maple. . .Thanks for your wonderful tree information.
Diane and Harry C.
"Execellent! I'm looking for info on a problem with Mentha requenii and am very impressed at your site design, particularly the ease of searching, navigating and the many nice details of the forum interface."
Turner Fine Gardens