Feed Your Spring Fever

When a shot of spring is just what a South Sound gardener needs, the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival pops up in the nick of time — this year it will run Feb. 26 to March 1 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

A few authors will be speaking about their books at the show, all of which have been inspiring gardeners and green thumb hopefuls for decades.

Achieve Beauty in the Garden Year-Round 

The holy grail for many South Sound gardeners is achieving year-round color. Author of the popular A Layered Garden, David L. Culp has written another outstanding book, A Year at Brandywine Cottage: Six Seasons of Beauty, Bounty and Blooms. It’s a love letter to 30 years of gardening in the same Pennsylvania garden. And anything he can grow, we can grow, too.

Culp points out that a great garden really is in the details — look closely at the details in your garden, not just the big picture. The details make the garden special and satisfy the gardener’s creativity. Timber Press, $35

Create a Deer-Resistant Garden 

Gardeners who don’t have a deer problem are probably in the minority, since deer now are urban invaders. Just wait. The clear evidence seems to be that deer change their appetites. They will avoid one plant one year and devour the same plant the next year. 

Karen Chapman’s Deer-Resistant Design attacks the deer problem in a new way. Could it be that how and where you plant your garden is as important as what plants you choose? 

Along with a photographic compendium of deer-resistant plants, there are examples of deer-proof garden designs and helpful, logical hints, like hiding your more susceptible plants behind the ones that are deer-proof/resistant. Deer often eat around the periphery and won’t go into the garden past that ring of unappetizing plants. Timber Press, $24.95 

How to Be a Lifelong Gardener

Gardening is not for wimps. It is exercise for every part of the body. It requires strength, balance, flexibility, and stamina, not to mention patience and keen observation. 

Young or seasoned, gardening is one of the healthiest of hobbies, and you get food and flowers. The Lifelong Gardener by Toni Gattone is a guide about how to stay fit, adapt a garden through the years, and how to choose tools that make your gardening life a little easier. Timber Press, $19.95

Women in Gardening

The 75 women featured in Earth in Her Hands by Jennifer Jewell are from California, New York, Colorado, Texas, England, Ireland, Wales, and India. Six of them are from Washington. 

Female scientists, designers, seed growers, farmers, researchers, photographers, educators, authors, nurserywomen, historians, and artists are lovingly spotlighted for their work with plants, each in her own words. It is simply inspiring. Timber Press, $35

Go to gardenshow.com for a full list of speakers and seminars, and to buy tickets.

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