More Travels Abroad

by Dawn W Todd I'm in Oregon this week with my family. The day begins and ends with a walk on the path next to a tiny branch of the Deschutes River. My favorite part is where it reaches a little bridge and then takes a sharp right; at that point looking straight across the [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00September 4th, 2014|

How I Spend My Summer Vacation

by Dawn W Todd It tends to be dry around here in August. I nurture a few carefully chosen potted plants (just to give a bit of color to the graying, neglected wood of the deck) and without an irrigation system, I become a slave to watering during a normal Pacific Northwest summer. During my [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00August 12th, 2014|

Going Native

by Dawn W Todd, Nursery Volunteer On the first leg of my journey to Connecticut to see my  son graduate from his medical residency (I had to put  that in), the fellow sitting next to me was from Walla Walla. As so often happens to me, we got to talking about plants. He showed me [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00July 2nd, 2014|

New Student Art Installed at KBG

On Monday, June 2, temporary student art from Seattle Pacific University was installed by SPU students under the oversight of art professor Roger Feldman. Extension ladders, rope, screwdrivers, and many feet of fishing wire were used to install the pieces between the trees of the KBG. The five pieces are united under the theme of [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00June 4th, 2014|

Who’s Your Mama?

by Dawn W Todd, Nursery Intern I hope you are planning to come and see us for the 27th Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale. For one thing, a plant makes a great gift! (If you are a mother, you should make someone else come along to buy you a plant.) It’s our 27th Mother’s Day [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00May 10th, 2014|

Natalie’s Paintbrushes

by Dawn W Todd, Nursery Intern Recently I had the pleasure of talking with Natalie Footen, a PhD student at the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Her work focuses on our native golden paintbrush, or golden Indian paintbrush, Castilleja levisecta, in the broomrape family (Orobanchaceae). Did you know that Washington State [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00April 3rd, 2014|

Interview With Ciscoe–Part II

by Dawn W Todd, Intern As promised, Part 2 of my interview with Ciscoe Morris. This half of the interview focused on sustainability. Ciscoe told me how at the age of ten he was hired as a lawn boy at his church, and worked under gardener Joe. Joe taught Ciscoe how to avoid poisons in [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00March 8th, 2014|

Plant Geeks Listen Up. There Is Hope!

by Dawn W Todd, Intern First, let me thank you for stopping by the KBGF booth at the NW Flower and Garden Show. I had the pleasure of meeting many of you who share my delight in this wonderful garden. I look forward to seeing you again; volunteering, or just wandering our paths. I know [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00February 14th, 2014|

Interview With Ciscoe–Part I

by Dawn W Todd, Intern This week I had the pleasure and good fortune to interview Ciscoe Morris, the effervescent and energetic gardener, television and radio host, teacher and lecturer, writer of blogs, newspaper articles and books, leader of garden tours to exotic locations…did I leave anything out?  The fact that my Horticultural Careers instructor [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:47+00:00January 29th, 2014|

It’s Flu Season—have you had your Vaccinium?

by Dawn W Todd, Intern Sorry, sorry, I couldn’t help myself! I wanted to tell you a Christmas story, but I got carried away by plant lore (as usual). I’ll tell you the story and then carry you along with me. My husband Howard wanted seeds for Christmas. He had come across a website that [...]

2017-04-12T14:17:48+00:00January 14th, 2014|