VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Today I had the privilege of visiting the beautiful VanDusen Botanical gardens in Vancouver, British Columbia. It’s only a few hours north of my home in Washington and what a great collection of plants! Here are a few preliminary pictures from this wonderful garden, including our botanical hero, Carl Linneaus, Calamagrostis and flying squid, and something I’ve wanted to see for a long time, the … Continue reading VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Chihuly Garden and Glass

The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit in Seattle is beautiful and rare.  The colors, the delicate lines and the immense size of some sculptures captivated me from the beginning.  Dale Chihuly is a Northwest native and has created pieces of art on display worldwide.  I especially liked the outdoor garden, with the complementary plantings and design.  It showcased creative pairings of sculptures and plants.  Who … Continue reading Chihuly Garden and Glass


I always enjoy visiting Molbak’s Nursery in Woodinville, and over the holidays the poinsettia display was exceptional.    Who would have guessed that the first United States ambassador to Mexico would bring back this lovely plant in 1828?  None other than Joel Roberts Poinsett, who brought cuttings back to his greenhouse in South Carolina.  I really liked these displays, especially the pairings with other plants. … Continue reading Poinsettias

Pruning Class With Plant Amnesty

This weekend I attended a hands-on pruning workshop sponsored by Plant Amnesty.  It was great!  We met at a community park/garden in Seattle and there was so much to do!  Overgrown shrubs, trees where they didn’t belong, weeds and perennials and invasives, we had it all.  At first it was completely overwhelming, but by the end of the day it was amazing what thirty people … Continue reading Pruning Class With Plant Amnesty