Early Season Color in the Garden

Early season color in the garden is something all gardeners strive to achieve.  Particularly here in Spokane, where the long, cold, wet springs tend to bring gray days more often than most parts of the country.  (in the 40’s and cloudy here today while much of the country is hitting 80 degrees).  Select early season… [Continue Reading]

March Madness

In Spokane, we are usually rooting for the Zags come March.   I did my internship and post doctoral work at Duke, and so they are another team I could root for in a pinch.  There is also March Madness every year at Tower Perennial Gardens.  I’ll give you  a hint as to what I mean……. [Continue Reading]

The Desert Museum

  The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, commonly the Desert Museum, is a gem in Tucson, AZ.  It is a  top flight family activity with the incorporation of a minor zoo’s worth of desert animals along with the plant exhibits of the botanic garden.  They have a stingray exhibit going now, which shows they know what kids… [Continue Reading]

Tohono Chul

Tohono Chul is a botanical garden located in Tucscon, AZ.  Although not as famous as the Desert Museum or the Saguaro National Park, it is a fine garden and well worth a visit.  The design elements are worth noting.  They have erected many walls, installed doors, made little courtyards and patios and otherwise have developed… [Continue Reading]

Garden Design for Four Seasons

Garden design for four seasons is crucial in a northern climate.  Winter is long.  If you don’t plan ahead for its arrival, then it will be dull indeed. I get to watch people shop at my nursery.  The really great gardeners are easy to pick out.   They choose plants for their appeal over a long… [Continue Reading]

Mendocino Botanical Garden

I love botanical gardens (Missouri, Denver, Santa Fe, etc.) and I’ve found another one:  Mendocino Botanical Garden.  I also love Mendocino.  The combination is well worth the price of admission.   Free to the town, $8.00 to the garden.   Mendocino is located on the Northern California coast.   It’s warmer and drier than the Oregon coast.   Mendocino… [Continue Reading]

Bristlecone Pine

The Bristlecone Pine (Pinus aristata) is the oldest tree on earth.  The oldest tree is located in the Methusala Grove within the larger Schulman Grove at the Bristlecone Pine Forest in California.   The oldest tree is not specifically marked to help guard its safety, but there are a handful of contenders, and all are over… [Continue Reading]

Cutting Back the Garden

Cutting back the garden is the chore every fall that sets the stage for spring.   We empty our containers (unless we planted them for fall/winter) and remove at least the top foot of soil so fresh potting soil can be added in spring.  That takes some work when you have as many large pots as… [Continue Reading]

The Oregon Garden

If you are not familiar with it, The Oregon Garden is located in Silverton, Oregon (near Salem).  It came into being when the EPA required that Silverton improve its water treatment facility or pay a $10,000 a day fine.  The garden is designed around many large ponds and wetlands that serve the purpose of treating… [Continue Reading]

Grumpy Old Gardener

I love gardens.  Little can make me happier than building a beautiful new space.   I am so lucky and grateful that I have had the opportunity to do what I love most and be supported by my customers so I can keep bringing the perennial flowers, trees, conifers, grasses, annuals, pottery and more to… [Continue Reading]