Plant Life: Growing a Garden in the Pacific Northwest

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Sasquatch Books, 2002 - Gardening - 224 pages
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You won't find potted petunias or rigid rows of hot-pink impatiens in this gorgeous new book. Instead, Plant Life features luscious photographs of author Valerie Easton's own garden (also seen in Better Homes and Gardens magazine). Drawn from her popular column of the same name in the Seattle Times Pacific Northwest magazine, Plant Life invites the world into Easton's garden, offering readers a personal perspective from a master gardener. Organized around the 12 months, Plant Life covers a wide array of topics including climbing plants, leaves that aren't green, containers, garden paths, pests, and much more. Each chapter contains several essays -- some instructive, others philosophical -- relevant to that time of year, and features a "Now in Bloom" section focusing on plants at their prime and illustrated with full-color photographs.

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About the author (2002)

Valerie Easton is a weekly garden columnist for "Pacific Northwest Magazine" of "The Seattle Times". Her own low-maintenance garden, the muse for this book, has been published in "The New York Times", "This Old House", and "Horticulture". She has contributed articles on gardens, homes, and the people who make them to a variety of magazines, including "Metropolitan Home, Fine Gardening", and "Gardens Illustrated". Valerie trained as a Master Gardener and was for eighteen years the horticultural librarian at the University of Washington in Seattle. She gardens, teaches yoga, and blogs ( in the village of Langley, on Whidbey Island, Washington. Her previous book is "A Pattern Garden" (

Richard Hartlage is the director/curator of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle. He lectures widely & writes on gardening topics for such periodicals as "Horticulture," "Pacific Horticulture," "Fine Gardening" & "Rebecca's Garden." His photographs appear in a number of publications, including the "Pacific Northwest Gardener's Guide Calendar." He also designs residential gardens for clients on both the East & West Coasts.

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