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So far Joe Abken has created 26 blog entries.

September Director’s Note

Goodness, where has the summer gone? Already September is cruising right along. Life in the garden is pretty tranquil, especially with the tich-tich-tich of the sprinklers running in multiple corners. The cottage removal project is complete, and we have staged the nursery retail tables in the new space. Thanks to the City of Shoreline for [...]

2021-09-08T15:07:45+00:00September 8th, 2021|

August Director’s Note

As I sit here typing at my kitchen island, a gentle rain has fallen and lifted my mood. Looking out my kitchen window, there's a Tetrapanax papyifera 'Steroidal Giant', bejeweled with raindrops and dripping steadily from its giant palmate leaves. Oh, the days when we complained of too much rain. Even my sunbaked lawn looks [...]

2021-08-07T10:34:30+00:00August 7th, 2021|

2021 Director’s Wish List

Hello friends, last year's director's wish list was so successful for us, I thought I would issue a new list for the garden. There are three areas of opportunity to consider this year. As always, any consideration of support for these efforts is very much appreciated. Item #1 Fall Bulbs ($500 would be a good [...]

2021-08-07T14:19:38+00:00August 7th, 2021|

June Director’s Note

Iris, Pacific Coast Hybrid It looks like a week of 'June Gloom' coming at us, but I won't begrudge the rain. It has been too dry for my liking this spring. I can remember previous 'gloom' events that were much worse, so I'm not going to grouse about this one. The garden is [...]

2021-06-07T12:05:51+00:00June 7th, 2021|

April Director’s Note

A tremendous THANK YOU to all those who came out to the Spring Ephemeral Plant Sale. This annual fundraising event for the garden leaped to a new high this year because of your support. We hope all those little treasures you picked up are finding snug, happy places in your own gardens, ready to greet [...]

2021-04-10T10:27:41+00:00April 10th, 2021|

March Director’s Note

Fritillaria pudica Earlier this month, I took a quick trip south to the border of Washington. White Salmon, to be exact. I have referenced this area before and have shared previous excursions with you photographically through Instagram and Facebook. I feel extremely fortunate to have been born there. In fact, I'm a fourth-generation descendant. [...]

2021-03-12T11:01:26+00:00March 12th, 2021|

February Director’s Note

Hello garden friends, we made it. We certainly have more to do.  I'll leave that statement to your interpretation. Ambiguity is not my forte'; I lean more toward overshare. With that, let me report on the garden and focus on the good things happening here. Top of the list for me is the new hoop [...]

2021-02-05T11:25:44+00:00February 5th, 2021|

December Director’s Note

We're nearing the end of 2020, and a big part of me wants to shout from the treetops, "Good riddance! Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!" And yet, even as I type that, I am immediately reminded of the bounty, the abundance, the copious amounts of support and encouragement from [...]

2020-12-11T11:37:34+00:00December 11th, 2020|

November Director’s Note

November is upon us, shorter days, cooler weather, but the garden is cloaked in fall color. The Stewartia monodelpha in the upper garden entryway is a gradient of gold to red with its warm copper-colored trunk. It shines in the afternoon sunlight. This morning's walk found the lower garden carpeted in golds and oranges with [...]

2020-11-06T14:39:23+00:00November 6th, 2020|

October Director’s Note

September closed out with a bang! We held our annual fundraiser, Garden Party, on September 26th. As a virtual event, we went into the planning process with trepidation, anxiety, dread...uncertainty. COVID19 has pushed us all to the edge of our abilities, only to show us that we are all capable of so much more. With [...]

2020-10-09T12:05:58+00:00October 9th, 2020|