Written on Feb, 16, 2015 by in | Comments Off on Become an urban bee keeper, and plant a border for bees

Originally published February 12, 2015 at 6:15 AM | Page modified February 13, 2015 at 8:07 AM Gardening Events Ciscoe’s Picks ‘Bees, Bees, Bees’: 7-9 p.m. (potluck at 7 p.m., speaker at 8 p.m.) Feb. 17. Learn about bees from Christine Ranegger of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association. Presented by Plant Amnesty. Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st Ave., …

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Written on Feb, 12, 2015 by in | Comments Off on This grand Seattle estate dresses up with a new garden

Originally published February 6, 2015 at 12:05 PM | Page modified February 9, 2015 at 9:26 AM EVEN THE MOST dramatically sited and well-maintained old gardens need help as they age. Take a grand property atop Magnolia Bluff. The grounds have a full-on view of Puget Sound and the Olympics, plus a putting green so photogenic it was used in …

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Written on Feb, 08, 2015 by in | Comments Off on Q&A: a sweetbox that refuses to rebloom; a hopeless lawn

Gardening Events Ciscoe’s Pick ‘Romance Blossoms,’ 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 11-14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 15. Display gardens, marketplace and seminars (Ciscoe Morris speaks Feb. 13 and 14). Washington State Convention Center, Seventh St. and Pike St., Seattle; $22 general admission (group, half-day and early-bird discounts), $5 ages 13-17, age 12 and under free …

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Written on Feb, 04, 2015 by in | Comments Off on Mercer Island home improves project by project, year by year

Lindy and James’ house on Mercer Island is always in the middle of some project or other. Ever since they bought the Northwest contemporary/classic/Italian Renaissance/European villa (depending on whom you ask) in 2006. They find that absolutely delightful. In fact, plans for a new kitchen are spread across the table there this very day. “We’ve never been in a position …

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Written on Jan, 31, 2015 by in | Comments Off on 2015 brings 30 more Great Plant Picks for your garden

AFTER 14 YEARS, at least 30 committee meetings, and 955 plants awarded Great Plant Pick status, what’s left for 2015? Plenty, it turns out, with 30 new plants added to the roster of Great Plant Picks, and a poster celebrating plants that best stand up to springtime weather in our corner of the country. The 22 horticulturists who sort through …

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Written on Jan, 27, 2015 by in | Comments Off on How does your garden grow? Starting from seed is fun and nutritious

GROWING FROM seed is so worth it. Despite all the time, patience, and, yes, agony, that go into thinning out tiny seedlings as they push so hopefully up out of the soil. But consider the advantages. Starting with seed provides a far wider selection of flowers, herbs and vegetables, including more nutritious varieties. And the economy of it — how …

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Written on Jan, 23, 2015 by in | Comments Off on Magnolia Tudor shakes up the neighborhood with contemporary drama out front

ABOUT EVERY three years or so, when the phone rings at architect David Coleman’s office, he will think to himself, “You know, it’s about time for Cindy and Rob to call.” It is. And here they are, Coleman’s serial remodelers Cindy Chin and Rob Graham. The three of them working together to tweak and improve the couple’s Magnolia bluff Tudor …

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Written on Jan, 19, 2015 by in | Comments Off on Permaculture: You take care of the earth, the earth takes care of you

PERMACULTURE IS a design approach to meeting human needs while still supporting, in fact improving, ecological function. At its core, it means that when you take care of the earth, the earth takes care of you. That’s the definition of permaculture in a new book out this month from Northwest authors Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein. Bloom runs an award-winning, …

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Written on Jan, 15, 2015 by in | Comments Off on Seattle urban farmhouse blends the best of both lifestyles

THE DOG’S in the yard, and the chickens are at the front door. This must be the place. “Hi Girls,” says Sara, opening the door. And, “I let everybody run free during the day.” Inside her big, old (1906) Dutch Colonial the walls are big-hug brown. The living room, dining room and kitchen open one to the other. And all …

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Written on Jan, 11, 2015 by in | Comments Off on Northwest Garden Greats: Sue Nevler is a volunteer extraordinaire

VOLUNTEERISM IS the lifeblood of horticulture in this corner of the country. It starts at ground level, with volunteers weeding arboretum beds and clearing parks of invasive ivy. But they’re far more than foot soldiers. Volunteer boards lend expertise, plan programs and work in partnership with paid staff at every horticultural institution I can think of. We rely on this …

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