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Keywords: Helleborus

Garden Tool: Once you've spent a pretty penny on a new hellebore you will want to protect your investment by learning exactly what they need to thrive. Read The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hellebores by Graham Rice and Elizabeth Strangman (Timber Press, 1993) for details on cultivation, propagation and essays on hellebore species and hybrids. Color pictures will whet your appetite for more of these delightful winter bloomers.

Season: All Season
Date: 2003-02-05
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Keywords: Seeds

Garden Tool: For a free introduction to starting seeds look to Thompson and Morgan's Guide to Germination. You will find the secrets to growing plants from seed including details on pre-treatments, coping with tiny seeds and hardening off your seedlings for life outdoors.

Season: All Season
Date: 2003-01-30
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Keywords: Seedlings--Transplanting, Seeds

Garden Tool: Starting plants from seed is a fine way to save money, but it requires a bit of patience and commitment to see the seeds through germination to planting out weeks or months later. The book Gardener's A-Z Guide To Growing Flowers From Seed To Bloom by Eileen Powell (Storey, 2004) will arm you with the knowledge you need to successfully transform tiny seeds into healthy flowering plants. Entries for individual plants detail planting depth, recommended temperature and the best time to transplant outside.

Season: All Season
Date: 2003-01-29
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Garden Tool: If you prefer quality over novelty look to these resources to discover award-winning plants:

Season: All Season
Date: 2003-01-22
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Keywords: Forcing, Bulbs

Garden Tool: If you feel emboldened after successfully growing a pot of paperwhites, why not keep the indoor flower display going through winter. For inspiration and good instructions read Forcing, etc: the indoor gardener's guide to bringing bulbs, branches and houseplants into bloom by Katherine Whiteside (Workman, 1999) Included are details on forcing bulbs and flowering shrubs, in addition to techniques for propagating house plants and tender perennials like coleus. The color photos will stimulate your enthusiasm.

Season: Winter
Date: 2003-01-15
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Keywords: Fruit trees, Fruit

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Bob Flowerdew's Complete Fruit Book (Cathie Kyle, 2001) is worth reading for the recipes and color pictures, even if you don't grow fruit. But if you do, you will find details on history, care and maintenance of the fruit garden instructive and you may be inspired to grow some of the more exotic varieties he describes. Flowerdew writes about normal fruits and nuts from apples to walnuts and everything in between, including unusual fruits like sapodillas and Cornelian cherries. Available from Flora and Fauna Books in Magnolia.

Season: All Season
Date: 2007-07-12
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Keywords: Mulching

Garden Tool: MULCH IT! By Stu Campbell. Pownal, VT: Storey Books. 2001
Mulch: what is it, why use it, what kind should be used? If you have ever wondered about these questions then read MULCH IT! The author describes the pros and cons of all the various types of mulch imaginable from bark to oyster shells and poultry litter, and how to use mulch around flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Season: All Season
Date: 2002-06-19
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Keywords: Plant and garden societies

Garden Tool: NHS website - www.northwesthort.org
Want to meet like-minded gardening folk? Wondering where to hear a good lecture on garden design? The Northwest Horticultural Society holds monthly meetings, plus numerous lectures by leading speakers, classes and other events, like the Fall Plant Sale. Visit their website to see the Calendar of Events or read gardening articles from their archives.

Season: All Season
Date: 2003-01-22
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Keywords: Garden design, Landscape design

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Wondering what plants will thrive in your challenging garden situation? What Plant Where by Roy Lancaster (New York: DK publishing. 1997) will help by showing you color photos and descriptions of plants organized by chapters on soil and light needs; by design features like winter interest and the color of the leaves; and by special features like fragrance and bird attracting.

Season: All Season
Date: 2007-07-12
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Keywords: Pruning shrubs, Plant training, Pruning trees, Pruning

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American Horticultural Society Pruning and Training. Christopher Brickell, editor. New York: DK publishing. 1996
This book gives detailed instructions on how and when to prune trees, shrubs, fruit trees, vines and roses. With good basic background information on general pruning techniques, pruning guesswork is eliminated. The book also explains how to do specialized methods of training like turning your hedge into a living sculpture.

Season: All Season
Date: 2007-07-12
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Keywords: Berries

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Wild Berries of the West by Betty B. Derig and Margaret C. Fuller, Missoula: Mountain Press, 2001. Plants that produce berries provide food for people and wildlife, plus something to look at in the dead of winter. Use Wild Berries of the West to expand the number of fruiting plants growing in your garden. The authors include botanical descriptions, habitat, how native people used the plants and whether the fruit is edible. They even include recipes like Mom's Serviceberry Squares.

Season: All Season
Date: 2007-07-12
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Keywords: Salad greens

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The Organic Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom. London: Frances Lincoln, 2001. Salads with international personality are a must in any fine restaurant. With this book you can sort out the ingredients to recreate your favorite, encounter new options to seek at your local farmers market, and learn how to grow the best for yourself. Comprehensive yet user-friendly, the photographs by Roger Phillips are simply the best for telling the many look-alikes apart, and there are lots of ideas for both the home chef and gardener. A real feast!

Season: All Season
Date: 2007-07-12
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Keywords: Xeriscaping, Drought-tolerant plants

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Beth Chatto's Gravel Garden: Drought-resistant planting through the year. New York: Viking Studio, 2000.
Droughty summers are a mainstay of the Pacific Northwest and water shortages are only going to get worse. Here's a hands-on solution by one of the world's finest gardeners living in a part of England that shares our cool but dry summers. This book requires some work on the reader's part as the plant names are in Latin, but the proven design examples and plant selections are well worth the effort. Excellent photographs hold the reader's attention and clearly say dry is beautiful.

Season: All Season
Date: 2007-07-12
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Keywords: Permaculture

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Gaia's garden : a guide to home-scale permaculture by Toby Hemenway. White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub. Co., c2001.
Start healing the planet right in your own backyard! Learn about the principles of ecological garden design, water conservation strategies and supporting wildlife from Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. Inspiring anecdotes make this book fun to read, while practical advise, illustrated examples and long lists of useful plants help gardeners start transforming their backyards right away.

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Season: All Season
Date: 2007-07-12
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Keywords: Hedera helix, Noxious weeds, Invasive plants

Garden Tool:

Did you know that one English ivy plant removed from a tree in the Olympic National Park weighed an estimated 2,100 pounds? The King County Noxious Weed Control Program has a great deal of information on how to control ivy. If you would like to receive the information in other formats, call them at 206-296-0290.

Season: All Season
Date: 2002-09-18
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Keywords: Lathyrus odoratus, Plant and garden societies

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If you love Sweet Peas you may want to join the National Sweet Pea Society from England, or at least visit their website for tips on getting the most from this cottage garden favorite.

Season: Spring
Date: 2007-07-12
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Keywords: Soil testing, Garden soils, Plant-soil relationships, Soil amendments, Fertilizers

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Successful gardeners know that healthy soil translates to healthy plants. See the guide to soils and fertilizers for the home gardener from WSU Cooperative Extension.

Season: All Season
Date: 2007-07-12
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Keywords: Reference books, Organic gardening

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The Rodale family of Emmaus, Pennsylvania has a 60 year history of publishing books and magazines that promote organic gardening and their encyclopedias have come to be regarded as the standards on the subject. A good example is the Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening (DK Publishing, 2002 $40.00). A must-have for serious organic gardeners certainly, but the user-friendly qualities that are a trademark of DK will make it one of the first books in a beginning gardener's library as well.

Season: All Season
Date: 2007-07-12
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Keywords: Reference books, Horticulture--Washington, Washington State University Cooperative Extension

Garden Tool:

Wondering what to plant at your cabin in Cle Elum? Or perhaps something to give your cousin who's just moved to Spokane? A new series of booklets on gardening in the Inland Northwest gives a perspective not found in the many titles written by westsiders. Published by the Washington State University Cooperative Extension, separate volumes cover roses, berries, vegetables, landscape plants, perennials, fruit trees and native plants, each for $12 or less. To order, call the WSU Bulletin office at 1-800-723-1763 or order online

Season: All Season
Date: 2007-07-12
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Keywords: Horticultural therapy, Arboretums and botanical gardens

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Feeling stressed? Recent research shows that visiting a botanical garden or arboretum can help you cope and make you feel less stressed, at least temporarily. Go see the foliar beauty at the Washington Park Arboretum,the Bellevue Botanical Garden or your local public garden and start coping with your stress!

Tammy Kohlleppel, Jennifer Campbell Bradley, Steve Jacob. "A walk through the garden: Can a visit to a botanic garden reduce stress?" HortTechnology 12(3), July-September 2002, 489-491.

Season: All Season
Date: 2007-07-12
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Keywords: Soil erosion, Slopes (Soil mechanics)

Garden Tool:

The Washington State Department of Ecology has many publications to assist homeowners and others interested in learning about Washington state environmental regulations and resources. Of particular interest are the free publications on protecting slopes, bluffs and hillsides from erosion. All are available for downloading from the Department of Ecology's publications web page.

  • Controlling Erosion using vegetation
  • Managing vegetation on coastal slopes
  • Managing drainage on coastal bluffs
  • Season: Winter
    Date: 2007-07-12
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    Keywords: Climbing plants

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    Growing Up: A Gardener's Guide to Climbing Plants for the Pacific Northwest by Christine Allen. (Steller Press, 2001)

    Urban gardeners need to maximize every inch of their gardens and growing vertically adds another potential place for more plants. Growing up details vines to plant season by season for a year of vertical interest, plus lists the best plants to use for a particular situation, like covering a chain link fence, or for training up a tree.

    Season: All Season
    Date: 2007-07-12
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    Keywords: Tree identification, Trees--Diseases and pests, Trees--Care and maintenance, Trees

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    Silvics of North America Online by United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, 1990.

    Property owners with woodlots and tree lovers alike will find the Silvics of North America an informative and authoritative reference source on trees. Two hundred, mostly North American native trees are described including native habitat, associated trees and shrubs, propagation details, growth rate, and information on the major pests that may damage the tree. Many entries have information on the root development, which can be helpful in learning if a chosen tree will tolerate construction, or be appropriate for planting over water utilities.

    Season: All Season
    Date: 2007-07-12
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    Keywords: Trees--Care and maintenance, Arboriculture

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    Trees are Good, a page maintained by the International Society of Arboriculture, has tree care brochures for the public. Learn why you should pay for the services of a certified arborist, how to plant a tree the right way, and how to identify tree hazards. Included on the page is a link to search for certified arborist by zip code so you can find out who the professionals are in your region.

    Season: All Season
    Date: 2007-07-12
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    Keywords: Insect pests--Identification, Plant diseases--Diagnosis, Plant diseases

    Garden Tool:

    National Gardening Association's Pest Control Library is a pictorial guide to diagnosing pests and diseases. Every article has a color picture to help confirm if the pest in question looks like the bug eating your plant. Major plant diseases are also included and organized by the part of the plant it infects: leaf, fruit, roots or all parts.

    Season: All Season
    Date: 2007-07-13
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    Keywords: Callicarpa, Berries

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    In autumn, when deciduous shrubs lose their leaves, luscious berries extend the season of color into winter. One of the most unassuming shrubs, Callicarpa, is ignored most of the year, but in the fall most everyone who comes upon the berries of this shrub takes notice. Little shining lavender balls adorn the branches of this plant, and most who see it agree the common name of Beautyberry is appropriately applied. Read more about it in the November/December 2002 issue of Garden Design Magazine.

    Season: Fall
    Date: 2008-02-06
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    Keywords: Rosa, Garden design, Amelanchier, Sedum, Hydrangea

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    It's easy to plant a garden that is colorful and interesting in June, more difficult is designing a garden that shines in October. Read Autumn Gardens by Ethne Clark (Soma, 1999) to learn both design principles and the best trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and grasses to plant in fall. Oakleaf hydrangea, Canadian serviceberry, species roses, and sedums are just a few of the plants featured that will extend the garden interest beyond Labor Day.

    Season: Fall
    Date: 2007-07-13
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    Keywords: Plant and garden societies, Hosta

    Garden Tool:

    Hostas are shade loving foliage plants that thrive in our moist temperate climate. The American Hosta Society is devoted to promoting the genus and introducing new cultivars. Visit their website to read about the most popular hostas and how to grow them to perfection. Membership costs $25.00 per year and includes a fabulous color journal three times a year.

    Season: All Season
    Date: 2007-07-13
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    Keywords: Invasive plants--Control, Weed control

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    Weed fact sheets are available from UC Davis, in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy. This is an excellent resource for learning how to control some of the most tenacious invasive plants in the US. Many weed profiles have color pictures, "success stories," and references to research.

    Season: All Season
    Date: 2007-07-13
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    Keywords: Wildlife pests, Deer

    Garden Tool:

    Leave it to gardeners to transform innocent seeming Bambi into a plant eating, garden destroying monster! Outwitting Deer by Bill Adler Jr. (Lyons Press, 1999)uses humor to reveal the truth about the largest pest in the garden. The long lists of plants that deer prefer and dislike (no plant is 100% deer-proof) are most helpful, along with an honest examination of the myriad of strategies and home remedies used to repel marauding deer.

    Season: All Season
    Date: 2007-07-13
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