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Welcome to the Pacific Northwest gardens blog, an online journal on garden related subjects. I will share with you my personal thoughts and experiences as an avid plant enthusiast in the Pacific Northwest.

Last Build Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2013 08:24:06 +0000


Upcoming Events: Saturday, September 7th!

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 08:24:06 +0000

I feel silly promoting two events, both of which are happening at the same time, but both are awesome and well worth attending. If you can make it to both, then you’re simply insane and I’ll LOVE IT! Hahaha So, the famed Heronswood Nursery will be opening its gates for you all to see the

Spring Weddings using local flowers

Wed, 15 May 2013 06:23:07 +0000

Utilizing seasonal, local, freshly cut flowers for a few weddings this season.

Building a Show Garden: Representing the little guys

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 04:39:26 +0000

Specialty nurseries such as Mary Fisher at Cultus Bay Nursery are often far-off destinations for most Seattle residents and you’ll only see them at a handful of early spring or fall plant sales. The Northwest Flower and Garden Show can be a daunting endeavor especially for a small specialty grower. The chaos and logistics of

Building a Show Garden: Reconnecting with those that got me started

Sat, 02 Mar 2013 08:42:42 +0000

As the days ticked away and I rounded up all my materials and resources,  I couldn’t help but go through memory lane and reconnect with those that helped me from the very beginning. Cultus Bay Nursery and Minter’s Earlington Greenhouses were two independent nurseries that supported my early endeavors. Back in 1997, I created a

Building A Show Garden: At the Base of it all – Orion Rockscapes & Greencliff Landscape Co.

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:15:39 +0000

One of the major elements of any show garden is the construction of the hardscape. I will fully admit that I have very limited experience when it comes to this very important aspect of landscape design and construction; therefore, I’ve teamed up with three main players who will showcase their talents for “The Lost Gardener”.

Building a Show Garden: Bringing in the young guns – Terry Huang

Sat, 26 Jan 2013 19:11:02 +0000

One of my objectives ramping up to the show is assembling a team that reflected my mission in representing the next generation of avid gardeners. It’s so important in this industry to network and gain work experience wherever they arise. Jobs are very scarce so your skill set has to be broad. One of my

Building a Show Garden: Rockin’ It with CEM Design at Marenakos

Sun, 20 Jan 2013 02:13:16 +0000

How thrilled am I to be working with Clayton Morgan  and CEM Design and Construction once again. I wrote up a little profile on him awhile back and you may have seen our photo when I attended his wedding two summers ago. He’s been a very busy guy and now he’s even busier having been

Building a Show Garden: It’s the little things – Bouquet Banque Nursery

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 09:43:20 +0000

There are several specialty nurseries contributing to “The Lost Gardener” and I took some time to pay Bill Roeder and Judy Zugish a visit at their small nursery and studio (yes, they’re renowned basket weavers!)! Bouquet Banque has made an appearance at most of the major plant sales over the past few years offering wonderful,

Building A Show Garden: Cooling the Nuts and Bolts

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 06:32:10 +0000

Last week was all about meetings and making sure things are on track. I’ve been inundated by numerous details as mailings have come in concerning move-in procedures. I’m not gonna lie, I’m dreading the chaos and making sure my team and I are on track. My worst nightmare is having other garden creators getting pissed

Building a Show Garden: My first show garden for the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 18:50:06 +0000

With just a few weeks to go, meticulous organizing, planning and building will be underway as I prepare for my first ever show garden at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

A Pacific Northwest treasure aims for a comeback! Heronswood

Sun, 02 Dec 2012 10:13:21 +0000

It was a delight to hear that the former Heronswood Garden in Kingston, WA is finally under new ownership and will one day be restored back to an incredible garden that inspired many gardeners around the world with it’s remarkable botanical tapestry of rare and unusual plants from around the world. Read about sale of


Tue, 06 Nov 2012 10:27:05 +0000

From The Next Generation Gardener: I’m not typically a political person, but selecting our USA President and several issues are very near and dear to me and I ask Washington State to please read and understand the facts and support our community by approving Referendum 74 – The right for same-sex couples to marry! There

A late summer wedding

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 07:57:38 +0000

Flowers are incredibly symbolic and there’s nothing more gratifying than sharing my love and adoration for them by creating something for an event that many will see and also remember for the rest of their lives. During the first weekend of September, I was invited to my friend, Katharine’s, wedding that took place at the

The launch of “The Next Generation Gardener” on YouTube

Sun, 05 Aug 2012 00:25:25 +0000

So, it finally came together!! The first pilot episode of “The Next Generation Gardener” was posted about a week ago and I was joined by friends, both old and new, to help launch it. This project came about when Hyejin Yun (my photographer friend who I invited to take photos at the Northwest Flower and

Visit the Desert Northwest: Drought Tolerant Plants with Ian Barclay

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 01:35:01 +0000

DESERT NORTHWEST OPEN HOUSE: JULY 20-22 Drought tolerant gardening has always been a popular topic and amongst my friends and colleagues here in the Pacific Northwest, I couldn’t be more thrilled, and relieved, that there’s a “Next Generation Gardener” out there FOCUSED on such an endeavor by constantly seeking out plants that thrive in our