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