Blog Profiles

Our Garden Tour – Four Great Ideas

July 9, 2014 0 comments
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Right now it’s prime home garden touring season in the Pacific Northwest. Many organizations raise funds by letting the public peek behind their neighbors’ fences. Garden tours are a terrific way to gather real-life inspiration for your own projects. Here’s… Read More

The Saga of Wilson and the White Dove Tree

May 22, 2014 0 comments
White Dove Tree

  Last month in this column, I talked about modern-day plant hunter Dan Hinkley. One of his favorite plants is the white dove tree (Davidia involucrata). This month, the white dove tree is blooming in my garden. Festoons of white-green… Read More

On the Hunt for Rare and Unusual Plants

April 7, 2014 0 comments

Dan Hinkley’s suggestions turn gardeners into plant hunters  Any plant Dan Hinkley likes, I want. And I’m not alone. When this world-class plant explorer spoke at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show on “Dan Hinkley’s Favorite 25 Plants,” the room… Read More

Indoor Gardening Gifts – Unusual Ideas for Holiday Presents

December 3, 2013 0 comments

Whether gardeners bring favorite houseplants to a sunny windowsill, or retire them to a greenhouse for winter enjoyment, the act of gardening still goes on in the colder months. So here are some practical—and often overlooked—indoor gardening gifts to add… Read More

Gardens as an Emotional Experience

October 24, 2013 0 comments

Colin Cabot was standing at the edge of a steep ravine in the gardens of Les Quatre Vents (The Four Winds). A swaying Nepalese-style rope bridge hung in a downward arc between the ravine’s precipitous banks. “Who wants to go… Read More

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