Monday, June 11, 2012

Evening in the Garden• July 14 2012

This is a beautiful event. If you are in town, you really should come!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Artists in the Garden-Saturday June 9

Saturday, June 9, 9:30-4:30

Laurel Nickels

Laurel's fine art paintings are inspired by nature. She often paints on reclaimed wood and finds the subjects for her paintings right in her own garden. She is best known on the Palouse for painting the Lentil Festival Poster and various murals around the area. Her work has been shown at regional and international juried shows.

Laura Zimmerman
Laura describes herself as "a creator, gardener, and an explorer submerging myself in nature."

Her current work evokes the quiet of Birch trees through paint and newsprint.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Laurel Macdonald in the Conservatory - June 2- 30

Laurel Macdonald lives in Moscow, Idaho. She serves as President of the Palouse Women Artists. ( Her work can also be found at the Dahmen Barn Gift Shop in Uniontown.

I grew up on a farm in Southern Idaho, and I’m endlessly attracted to whatever is popping out of the ground. Here, in the Palouse, I grow my own flowers and veggies, and these plants tend to crop up in my paintings and linocuts. I love travelling, seeing a different set of flowers, plants, gardens. I know these images will find their way into my art.
A LINOCUT A DAY: In the last six months, I’ve travelled a lot. Since I knew I wouldn’t be able to do much art while I was travelling, I drew 4X6 sketches. When I returned home, I made these into linocuts. This process is my ownership process: I take the world, shrink it down, and make it my own. I’ve been trying to do one 4X6 linocut a day. When I have 16 linocuts done, I print them all at once in one big print. The result has been a print of New Zealand foliage, images from Spain, Australia, Utah. For May, since I’m home and in my own garden, I’m doing spring flowers.

ENLARGING: The final step to this year’s printing project is a process of enlarging: I take one small 4X6 print and enlarge it to 18X24, forcing the viewer to really see, to look closely at something that is often overlooked…like a stem, the center of an apple, the outline of a succulent. I find something remarkable, something I’ve overlooked, in most plants.

June 2- June 30

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Beginning Bird-Watching with Kevin Pullen

Wednesday, June 20, 8:00-11:00 a.m. 
  at  Living in the Garden

Did you know there are over 200 species of birds in our area?

Would you like to be able to identify them?
Join us for tips on distinguishing and recognizing birds.
We'll also take a peek at the avian residents of Living in the Garden.

Kevin Pullen was born and raised in northeast Oregon where he spent much of his time on his grandparent’s ranch. There he was able to experience the outdoors and learn an appreciation for hard work and the natural world. As a child, his grandmother would take him on walks down the country road, stopping to peer into wild rose bushes at the young blackbirds in their nests. He continued his interest in nature as a field biologist, presenter and university zoology instructor.

"There is beauty and wonder all around us; capturing it on film is a gratifying challenge. I especially enjoy photographing wildlife. Animals lead rich lives filled with drama and humor. The more time I spend with them, the more their worlds open up to me"  ~Kevin Pullen

Pre-Registration Required
Class limited to 25
Register in person at Living in the Garden or phone 509-332-0647

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Container Class with Monique Slipher

Splendid Summer-Long Containers
Saturday, May 26, 10 a.m.-Noon

Grab your favorite planters and come to Living in the Garden for lots of creative fun
and help putting together lovely containers that will look great all season.

Monique Silpher will provide you with helpful tips and instructions on plant selection, 

plantingand maintenance of your container gardens.

This is a hands on class.  Bring your planters, pick out plants and assemble your pots 

with whatever assistance you need.  Bring gloves if desired and dress for sun or rain.
We will be outdoors part of the time. Hand tools will be provided.  
Soil, plants and containers are available at a 15% discount to participants.

This class is offered through Pullman Parks and Recreation.
To Register: phone 509-338-3227 Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Cost: $10.00

Monday, April 30, 2012

April 30 2012

New this week~ fabulous Hellebores and Clematis.

Thanks to Olivia Holderman for the litg photos

Friday, April 27, 2012

Meet the Author: Handmade Garden Products

Book Signing with Lorene Edwards Forkner
Saturday, May 5 1:00 pm

Author, speaker and avid gardener/cook, Lorene Edwards Forkner revels in the seasonal pleasures and broad scope of gardening life in the Pacific Northwest. Supported by a degree in fine art and years of practical experience owning and operating a small specialty nursery in Seattle, Lorene considers her approach to making gardens to be rooted in childhood outdoor play. A designer’s eye for re-purposing objects and a keen sense of conservation and thrift infuse her every effort with personality, wit and sustainability.

Lorene is the new editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine, a quarterly journal and website for West Coast gardeners and those who look to the West for inspiration and fresh ideas. Her latest book, Handmade Garden Projects: Step by Step instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More encourages gardeners to put aside “yard work” and start having fun again making their mark on the landscape. Lorene blogs about gardens and the stories behind them at

Saturday, March 31, 2012

March 31 2012

Yet another rainy day....3.94" for the month here at our house.

Let me recommend this inspirational book by our friend Lorene Edwards Forkner for fun, imaginative garden projects. Just the perfect companion for a wet spring day.
Lorene will be here for a book signing May 5.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 22 2012

Spring on the Palouse = SNOW

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 21, 2012

Happy first day of Spring


Saturday, March 17, 2012

March 17 2012

Season N0. 8

This seems impossible, this is our 8th year.
This year houseplants, cache pots and vases are dominating the shop.

I love stepping outside to pick a few fresh flowers. It's very hard for me to pick a tall bouquet of flowers from my display gardens. It's very easy to pick a few short stemmed flowers and tuck them into small intimate vases. I just need a few blooms to make a sweet statement of color in the bathroom or up on my office desk.

Through my friend Lorene we found a new houseplant supplier on the coast.
This place is old school. No website, no email, no credit cards taken.
Fantastic PLANTS at fantastic prices.

It's a jungle in here.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sweet on Spring~March 10, 2012

We've been busy getting our space ready for this Saturday...I was overwhelmed today by the "blank canvas " in the conservatory.
Scotty and Carla dug in and created something beautiful.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Today we greet the spring with sunshine and flowers.
We've missed you!
Our 2012 season starts today.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

January 26 2012

The USDA put out a new-updated Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
Much to my surprise we are now Zone 6b.
After being a Zone 5 all my life this is going to take some brain changes. One side of me (the gardener) loves this, It freaks out the other side ( global warming).

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January 17 2012

Gratitude is the fairest blossom that springs from the soul.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

living in the garden

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January 15 2012

A couple of years ago, Restoration Hardware went totally neutral. Gun metal grey, weathered wood, nubby linen and burlap. Left alone this is very cold and stark to me. Add a few plants or cut flowers and these textures and colors transform into a room that is both calming and restful.

all images:

Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 14 2011

The world is a mountain in which your works are echoed back to you
~ Rumi

Washington State- Scotty Thompson

Saturday, January 7, 2012

January 7 2012

Arbors 3 ways...

A gateway, portal or a structure to hold up vines. Arbors can be a meaningful entrance point to a garden or provide an artistic flag to guide the visitor along the intended path. Gardens are stories, arbors can be used as commas, a place to slow the mind.

rustic twig

cement faux bois

dimensional lumber

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 4 2012

I garden because...

The manipulation of space and material never fails to inspire me. I know in my bones that we are each meant to garden in one way or another. With a shovel or without.

Butchart Gardens- Canada

Glendale Gardens- Canada

Hatley Park-Canada

Hatley Park- Canada

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2 2012

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.
~ William Osler

photo~living in the garden~2009

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A new year

a peaceful new year to you.

photo~living in the garden~summer 2009