Skybridge Designs at the NW Flower & Garden Show

While I enjoy the large, involved displays at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show every year, I’m even more interested in the smaller displays housed in the skybridge. These are the compact displays using a 6′ by 12′ space meant to inspire condo, apartment, town home, and small yard owners. All NWFGS display gardens are there to give homeowners ideas but I’d argue the ideas … Continue reading Skybridge Designs at the NW Flower & Garden Show

Death at La Fenice

My Escape to Italy with Donna Leon

What author do you turn to for predictability? For a story that’s not too unlike one the author wrote previously? Perhaps, it’s a fantasy series set in a particular world (a la George R.R. Martin) or a mystery series featuring the same protagonist (a la Agatha Christie). It might even be a literary author whose books, while featuring fresh characters and storylines, offer the same, … Continue reading My Escape to Italy with Donna Leon

The Easiest Way to Help a Tree

Tree pruning, admittedly, can be complicated. Usually, if I speak more than two sentences about it to my clients, their eyes glaze over. There’s lots of info about heading cuts and lateral buds and cambium layers, so I want to share the one, most basic way that homeowners can help their trees stay healthy without needing a degree in forestry: don’t leave stumps. The sawed … Continue reading The Easiest Way to Help a Tree

A Remembrance of Cass Turnbull, Seattle Horticulture Icon

Cass Turnbull was an imposing figure, and I was a little afraid of her. She spoke in a point-by-point, professorial way, half-tongue-in-cheek, half-seriously, but never aggressively. She seemed comfortable in her own skin and secure in her mission. In fact, she wasn’t interested in apologizing for who she was though she liked jokes and had a heart of gold. She was kind of like the … Continue reading A Remembrance of Cass Turnbull, Seattle Horticulture Icon

Mike Birbiglia Offers Life Lessons for Writers Too

Last Saturday, I saw a movie about comedy that inspired me as a writer. It was Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice, a sharply realistic yet sweet portrait of a New York improv group. Not-so-famous comedians who make people laugh by night but work by day to financially stay afloat. They are friends. They are smart and loving and sometimes selfish. They’ve performed in The Commune for years … Continue reading Mike Birbiglia Offers Life Lessons for Writers Too