Thursday, October 27, 2011

Leaf Magazine

My buddy Mary Ann Newcomer, ( one of last summer's Garden Writers in the Garden) has a wonder piece in a new digital garden magazine called Leaf . see page 56

I like garden magazines that are heavy on the visuals. Leaf is beautiful in design, heavy on the visuals with just the right amount of interesting copy for me. I love the digital format, you can click your way into a few lost hours of dreaming.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Evening in the Garden Report:

It was an amazing evening. I mean, it surpassed all my expectations.
We tasted a fantastic "Museum Blend" that Wawawai Canyon Winery and the Museum crew created. It will be for sale in September. It is really good!

South Fork and The Black Cypress really went over the top on food. We sipped Mojitos and wine while nibbling on sliders, souvlaki and freshly smoked salmon. Did I mention the cold cucumber soup and ceviche?

It rained a little bit as we were getting started but the evening weather turned out beautiful. The light was sublime.

silent auction sculptures

This was one of the best parties I've been to. The gardens were beautiful, there was food, wine, song and a relaxing low key vibe in the air. This space was built for a party. We already set the date for next year ( July 14 )

all images by Zach Mazur

Friday, July 22, 2011

Floral Art...

These are arrangements I made for the Museum of Art/WSU fundraising event we hosted last weekend. It was a smash success!

I put myself through college working a florist shop. It's was really fun to put that skill to work again. The arrangements were my contribution to the silent auction. Most of the flowers came from our yard down by the house. ( I never pick flowers from the garden up by the shop) It made me realize I could do arrangements for myself sometime..just because.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Donation to Haiti

Thank you dear gardening community.

This is the second year we have sold fair-trade Haitian metal oil-drum art. These are beautiful happy pieces that are suitable for indoors or out.
Each year we donate 20% of the sale price to Partners in Health for their continued good works in Haiti.

This year we sent a check for $1337.00

Monday, June 27, 2011

Thank you...

Yesterday marked the end of our 2011 season. We now get a chance to work on our own gardens and garden projects.... the corn's in the ground, a second planting of beets will go in today. This has been an off year for gardening. An off year for the gardening business too.

Scotty and I extend our deepest thanks for this seasons support.
We are so grateful to be able to work from home at a job we love.
Thank you.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

End of the 2011 season

What a crazy growing season!
It now feels like summer... as it should ( 6-21 )
My friends below and I would like to invite you out
this weekend for hugs and flowers.

Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24
10% off all Bedding Plants ( annuals )

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26
20% off all Bedding Plants ( annuals)



Phoenix Penstemon



Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Strawberry festival

Apples in the orchard
Mellowing one by one;
Strawberries upturning
Soft cheeks to the sun;

- Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Marjorie's Almanac

We have 2 varieties of beautiful fruiting strawberry plants ready for planting.

BENTON: Extra hardy variety that grows well without a lot of water. Large flavorful bright red berries, good for fresh eating right out of the garden or for freezing. Produces the entire crop all at once (one crop)

HOOD: Very productive variety producing large to extra large sweet berries of excellent quality. Produces the entire crop all at once ( one crop )

Strawberry shortcake anyone?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Artist in the Garden- Kimberly Vincent

A self described "fanatical rock collector"
Jewelry Artist, Kimberly Vincent will be showing and selling her new sea glass and natural gemstone work.
Saturday, June 18, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm in the Garden

*StrangeFire Studios will be returning on Saturday as well.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

STRANGEFIRE in the Garden

StrangeFire Studios of Palouse will be displaying and selling their fantastically colored fused glass wares in the garden this Saturday, June 11.

Mo and Aimee participated in last year's Art in the Garden. We loved getting to know them better. I LOVE every bright and shiny piece they create.

We are happy they accepted our invitation to a "Solo Show".

sweet necklaces

retro-chic coasters

1000 point of light

Palouse triptych

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Garden Writers in the Garden

Saturday, June 4, 2011 1-3 p.m.

Garden Writers in the Garden

Three very different writers, each with a unique point-of-view, narrative voice, and personal passion, yet all good friends, come together for an afternoon at Living in the Garden. They are drawn by a budding friendship with kindred spirits, Suzanne St. Pierre and Scotty Thompson, by the awesome sense of place evoked here in the Palouse, and by a mutual love of creative expression through art and horticulture.

Please join us for a rollicking conversation about what draws us to the garden and what we experience once there. You'll meet and hear from:

photo credit: Mary Grace Long Photography

Lorene Edwards Forkner, former nursery owner (Fremont Gardens, Seattle) and two-time gold medal winner for her displays at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Lorene is the author of several books, including her forthcoming Handmade Garden Style, which will be released by Timber Books later this year. Her blog,, celebrates "A Good & Delicious Life" in the Northwest. Lorene will demonstrate one of the many clever and inspiring DIY projects from her new book and she will talk about what on her blog she describes as "the really good part: getting to blend our passions into a delicious whole."

Mary Ann Newcomer, scribe-scout-and-speaker, blogs at and appears regularly as the "Dirt Diva" on the River Radio, 94.9 in Boise. Her articles on gardening appear in MaryJane's Farm. A native daughter of Idaho, Mary Ann has been growing plants since she was a small child who delighted in her first plot of radishes and their first sets of heart-shaped-leaves. Mary Ann is the editor of the forthcoming book, Rocky Mountain Gardener's Guide, which will be published by Cool Springs Press in 2012. Says Mary Ann: "My heart is here in the Wild Wild West. I believe in honoring genus loci, or, the Spirit of the Place." You'll hear her speak on one of her favorite themes: "Pioneering Gardening Techniques: Why Heirloom Gardens Still Work Today."

Debra Prinzing has returned to the Pacific Northwest after a four-year-episode in Los Angeles where she discovered the joys of gardening in Southern California with an entirely different plant palette and growing conditions. Debra writes about the design of architecture (the built environment) and horticulture (the planted environment) and the people who occupy that wonderful intersection. She is the author of Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways (Clarkson Potter, 2008) and is passionately at work creating a new book with photographer David Perry called A Fresh Bouquet: Seasonal, Local, and Sustainable Flowers. Debra will talk about growing a cutting garden and designing bouquets that reflect the season, the garden, and the environment in which you live. Learn more at

Copies of the speakers' books will be available for purchase and signing at LITG.

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Conservatory this week.

The warmer days (and nights) have got me thinking planting my annual bed.
Last year we mass-planted annuals in our gardens. It was so much fun! They grow SO fast, work their little hearts out and were such a pleasure long into fall.

Right now the conservatory is filled with such beauties it's hard for me to decide what to pull and plant this year.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spring Tree Tour Saturday May 14

Monique will be leading a spring tree tour of the WSU campus,
Saturday, May 14. What a great opportunity to get out and see the campus from a different point of view. Information below.

Spring Tree Tour
Come out and join fellow gardeners and plant-lovers for a walk around the WSU campus (after graduation!) to enjoy and learn about some of the many beautiful and unusual trees/shrubs there.
We'll look for spring bloom in particular, identify trees as we go, and talk about tree lore, planting and care, with lots of time for your questions and specific interests. Tour goes rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. Kids 10 and older are welcome. Handouts will be provided; you may want a pen and clipboard. Meet at the parking lot on the south side of Johnson Hall, which is across Wilson Road from the Lighty/French Administration building, on the east side of the WSU campus.

Instructor: Monique Slipher, ISA Certified Arborist

Location: WSU Campus Min 4/Max 15

Saturday, May 14, 10:00am-12:00pm $6
To attend call Pullman Parks and Rec. 509-338-3227

Saturday, April 30, 2011

MAY DAY and I'm thinking baskets....

Today we brought hanging baskets out of the greenhouse.
I still think it's a bit early, but they are soooooo beautiful I wanted to share.

mixed sun in twig pot

Ivy geranium- fantastic red color

My signature mixed shade. dark eyes fuchsia, bonfire begonia, golden lysimachia

Solenia Begonia loves the heat of summer and morning sun.

Callie mix- orange-red-yellow

thunbergia aka: black eyed susan vine

das boot.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Rain Rain go away...

For a successful business, you need 3 things:
location, location, location.

For the garden business it's
weather, weather, weather.

Here's validation of why it has felt like the wettest March ever...

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Our house salad

Scotty, who is the wife for the first 6 months of the year has been making this salad every night with dinner:

Orange pieces
Toasted Almonds
Feta cheese

Dressing: a drizzle of Lucero Meyer Lemon olive oil and a drizzle of either Peach or Fig balsamic vinegar.

This is THE best olive oil I have had.
The lemons are crushed with the olives.

Of course we shop locally at the cutest garden shop up the hill.

olive crush photo credit-Lucero