Book Review: The Plant Lovers Guide to Ferns by Richie Steffen and Sue Olsen

The Plant Lovers Guide to Ferns by Richie Steffen and Sue Olsen I live in the Pacific Northwest and it feels like ferns are everywhere sometimes.  They grow in the concrete barriers along the freeways, they are in my yard even though I know I didn’t plant them… and my church for palm sunday doesn’t […]

Rare plants at the Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden

The Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden is located in the Highlands, a gated community in northwestern King County and was the garden of Mrs. Elizabeth Miller and her lawyer husband Pendleton Miller.  It is now run by a charitable foundation which carries on the philanthropic work of the Millers. Elizabeth Miller was a self taught […]

Trademark ruling on “what is urban homesteading”?

What is urban homesteading? As a lawyer I’m always interested when gardening and law collide. That sounds violent! But in this situation I’ve read about, its far more sad than any other adjective. Last week the Federal Courts ruled that the use of the words Urban Homesteading should not have been trademarked. To me, that […]

Why do we really exchange gifts in December???

I’ve been thinking lately about why we exchange gifts at Christmas time.  And really, many other religions and traditions have gift giving times in the fall also.  I’ve also been thinking about why people get so stressed out during the holidays that they dont make it fun for themselves.   The answer to this last question […]

Meals in a Jar – Book Review

   Meals in a Jar is a book written by Julie Languille in 2013 and published by Ulysses Press.  Julie lives on Whidbey Island in Washington State and her bio indicates she owns a dinner planning website and is a preparedness and food storage workshop teacher.  I believe, although I am not sure, that Ms. […]

Women Gardeners – Book review

The Virago Book of Women Gardeners edited by Deborah Kellaway I found Women Gardeners, written in 1995, in a used book store in Seattle. I bought it simply because I am interested in the female viewpoint of pretty much anything, but definitely areas I am interested in like gardening.   I’ve been sporadically interested in the way women have […]