Swimming With the Squid at VanDusen Gardens

Any garden with a large wooden squid swimming through a field of grass is my kind of place.  I’ve always had a fascination for these slippery cephalopods.  It began with those stories of the giant squid that lurked in the depths of the oceans.  As a kid I imagined huge monsters, as big as my bedroom with large glowing eyes and night black ink.  I … Continue reading Swimming With the Squid at VanDusen Gardens

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

Make Moles Disappear With Ferrets!

When I heard that ferret poop was being passed around by my friends, I was very curious.  And then I heard that it was being used as a mole control and I thought…brilliant!  Scare away those pesky little mammals with  a natural predator.  Moles don’t eat plants, they eat insects and worms, but they can create a big mess when they dig up mounds of … Continue reading Make Moles Disappear With Ferrets!

Book Review—Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

I first heard about this book when a friend told me I had to read Gaia’s garden!  She said the garden layout and design described were unlike anything she had ever heard of before, and she loved it!  After several other endorsements from friends,  I bought a copy and have thoroughly enjoyed it.  This book shows us how to take all those fragmented parts of … Continue reading Book Review—Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

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