Changes go way beyond the seasonal at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

Things change, and gardens are no exception. But I wasn’t expecting the magnitude of change at the Bellevue Botanical Garden when I approached the entrance along Main Street…

Cherry blossom time

Long ago, I lived in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan. I taught English and ate tako-yaki from street vendors. I scrubbed and soaked at…

Learning to love a Puget Sound winter

On a November day in 1999, I left western Montana, then a drab landscape of bare trees, brown hills, and gray skies. Those dreary colors…

A life’s masterpiece at Soos Creek Botanical Garden

The scream of a peacock from the aviary signaled my arrival at Soos Creek Botanical Garden, as well as the uncommon nature of this enterprise in…

A garden of May delights

To create a home, however humble, a place to call one's own, is a deeply human urge. As is the desire to leave something of…

Beauty and diversity at Federal Way rhododendron garden

When I want to be reminded of far-flung places, I sometimes go to Federal Way. For there, just off I-5 and tucked away on the…

With gardens like these, who needs a SAD lamp?

Botanically speaking, there is always something going on in Seattle. Even in the depths of winter. As plant and human rhythms slow down, the season…