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

Why You Needn’t Plant Bamboo, Ever Ever Ever

People often use bamboo to screen out their neighbor’s yard or an ugly building across the street or those lovely, brightly colored recycled bins of Seattle. This is a mistake. Let me repeat: this is a mistake. It is not a mistake to plant bamboo because you’re a bamboo lover and study different bamboos and can think of no other plant you’d rather wake up and … Continue reading Why You Needn’t Plant Bamboo, Ever Ever Ever

Mother’s Day at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

One advantage of Mother’s Day is a mom gets to do whatever she wants. Want to visit a botanical garden because you’re a plant nerd? A mom can do that. And that’s exactly what I did with my family last Sunday on Mother’s Day. When I was in horticulture school, I worked for a quarter at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. It was a field practicum … Continue reading Mother’s Day at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

Fun Times at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show got off to a slow start because on Wednesday when it opened, over a half-million fans were celebrating the Seahawks Superbowl victory with a parade downtown (yes, we won we won we won!). But things picked up soon after (I’m told) and on Friday, I had my own share of fun. Here are some photos of the more interesting … Continue reading Fun Times at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show