Rewilding: Garden in harmony with nature

Gardeners are a natural choice for leading the way when it comes to ecological reverence.

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Flower power at the garden show

Over three feverish days, some of the region's most talented gardeners, landscape designers and earthmover operators transported the Washington State Convention Center into another season. "You're going to see color. You're going to see spring," said Terry O'Laughlin, producer of the 27th annual Northwest Flower & Garden Show. "Everybody has gone above and beyond this...

2015 brings 30 more Great Plant Picks for your garden

AFTER 14 YEARS, at least 30 committee meetings, and 955 plants awarded Great Plant Pick status, what’s left for 2015? Plenty, it turns out, with 30 new plants added to the roster of Great Plant Picks, and a poster celebrating plants that best stand up to springtime weather in our corner of the country. The...

How does your garden grow? Starting from seed is fun and nutritious

GROWING FROM seed is so worth it. Despite all the time, patience, and, yes, agony, that go into thinning out tiny seedlings as they push so hopefully up out of the soil. But consider the advantages. Starting with seed provides a far wider selection of flowers, herbs and vegetables, including more nutritious varieties. And the...

Permaculture: You take care of the earth, the earth takes care of you

PERMACULTURE IS a design approach to meeting human needs while still supporting, in fact improving, ecological function. At its core, it means that when you take care of the earth, the earth takes care of you. That’s the definition of permaculture in a new book out this month from Northwest authors Jessi Bloom and Dave...

Northwest Garden Greats: Sue Nevler is a volunteer extraordinaire

VOLUNTEERISM IS the lifeblood of horticulture in this corner of the country. It starts at ground level, with volunteers weeding arboretum beds and clearing parks of invasive ivy. But they’re far more than foot soldiers. Volunteer boards lend expertise, plan programs and work in partnership with paid staff at every horticultural institution I can think...

NW plant geeks Dan Hinkley and Jim Fox square off, and other garden news

Plant geeks debate for a good cause The Northwest Perennial Alliance has a new home in the Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. The group is making good use of the new facility’s 250 seats, state-of-the art screens and sound system by programming a series of events you won’t want to miss. So...

It’s winter; the garden is resting, and we should, too

CAN YOU leave the garden be? Now that darkness lingers in the mornings and closes in early, we can slip into the slower rhythms of deep winter and recover from the buzz of spring and summer. The garden is resting, so why is it so hard for us to follow suit? It’s time to respect...

Grow your own bouquet flowers

PURPLE POPPIES flowering amid the lettuces, love-in-a-mist growing in gravel, and sweet peas clambering up triads of tied-together bamboo canes. These are a few of the ingredients for bouquets advocated in a pair of new books on growing your own flowers to bring indoors. I’ve been sustained through autumn and inspired for spring by the...