A patch of green dotting every residential landscape is the mainstay of typical American suburbia. Come spring, the lawn becomes the focal point of yard maintenance. But is your yard safe for your pets, children and the environment?
After spending three days helping build a couple of the gardens, it is such a delight to see them all in their full glory. The artistry and the ingenuity of the designers is reflected in the various elements of the garden. The theme – A Floral Symphony is visible in both subtle and bold forms in all gardens at this year’s show.
Winter is the perfect time to dream, visualize and plan a garden. Fortunately, the maritime climate of the Pacific Northwest makes it possible to start planting bare-root fruit trees and roses in mid-to late-winter (late Feb to early March).
One of the big pluses of living in the Pacific Northwest is the abundance of natural areas all around us, even in urban and sub-urban settings. Some of us have property adjoining the woodlands, while some have lush ravines and streams flowing through their environs. This beauty is sometimes, marred by piles of yard waste dumped across the fence into the natural area.