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So far Joe Abken has created 23 blog entries.

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|

September Director’s Note

Our resident Barred Owl has been making frequent appearances, frequently heralded by the scritch-scritch of blue jays who are annoyed by its presence. One such arrival coincided with our after school youth program, completely upending the coursework. No problem though, it regaled them with antics and funny head swivels as they took turns making noises in different [...]

2020-09-08T15:14:15+00:00September 8th, 2020|

The Conversation, has arrived

Before the arrival of Coronavirus, we had embarked on a memorial statue for our founder, Dr. Arthur Kruckeberg. Our motivation was to create a lasting moment in the garden but to also recognize that this would have been his 100th birthday this last March 21st. After a generous outpouring of donations towards the effort, the [...]

2020-08-12T14:36:59+00:00August 12th, 2020|

August Director’s Newsletter

Castilleja or Indian paintbrush, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, July 2020 I think the word for what I'm about to say is, cliche', but honestly, how is it August? This year continues to dole out one unexpected revelation after the other. I woke up going about my day thinking it was Wednesday until I [...]

2020-08-07T10:27:11+00:00August 7th, 2020|