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Apr
1
2014

Mainely Niwaki

During last fall’s Western Region Annual Meeting in Olympia, WA, I got a chance to attend a clinic conducted by Dave DeWire of Dragonfly Farms in Kingston, WA, who is a master of the Japanese art of niwaki, a method of sculpting garden trees. It’s a form of bonsai, but on a larger scale, with…

Mar
11
2014

The Scent of a Pine

Whenever I have to explain to a non-gardener why I spend so much time planting conifers in the yard, I toss off a response like “I’m accumulating carbon credits to help pay for my kids’ college tuition.” Or, the old standby, “I’m doing my part to combat global warming.”   A story in the February…

Feb
18
2014

Pinus taeda ‘Eisenhower’?

Have you ever watched a good teacher at work in a classroom of restless youngsters trying to impart a lesson on something of little interest to most of them — such as science? They do it by telling stories, such as the most famous one about the the laws of gravity: Isaac Newton observes an…

Dec
6
2013

In the True Spirit of Christmas

All of us remember adolescence as a mixed blessing. Watching it emerge in one’s children gives us a chance to once again relive the agony and ecstasy of these years. However, one of the downsides of this phenomenon is beginning to effect not just a family ritual but my last shot at buying one more…

Nov
24
2013

Wrapping up 2013

Two loud crashes woke me up the other morning. It took a few seconds to remember that Mac Hunter had e-mailed me the night before that he’d be dropping off the last load of bark mulch early and the two thundering claps from his truck’s banging tailgate were what startled me awake. It also signaled…

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