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I am proud to announce that I have passed the exam to be a certified sustainable landscaper. The ecoPRO certification is a collaborative effort between the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, Washington Association of Landscape Professionals and the Washington State Department of Ecology. The Partnership in creating the ecoPRO certification was even more impressive. […]

Climb on!

A haunting folk song that Kurt Cobain (of Nirvana) sang wonderfully; “In the Pines, in the Pines, where the sun don’t ever shine, I shivered the whole night through.” Well now the owners of these lovely Scotch Pines will enjoy a great deal more light in there garden. I climbed these with rope and harness […]

I love pruning the old weeping Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum var. dissectum). The ones you see that are all overgrown; a seemingly solid, tangled mass of leaves. In the Pacific Northwest they get out of hand very quickly and without a stern hand (wielding clippers) they quickly turn into a giant blob of red or […]

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This past February Native Root Designs was honored to be accepted into the Northwest Flower and Garden Show as a Garden Creator. This is a huge honor as many local talented companies were not accepted (I don’t know how they really choose who gets to be involved, so it’s not necessarily that we were more […]

Potager Garden 2011

It’s been ten years since I moved to the Seattle area and started Native Root Designs. I had a diverse background in horticulture and I was eager to push my design and landscaping experiences to the next level. Through a friend and co-worker at the small retail nursery in Santa Cruz, CA,The Garden Company, I […]


We have lived in our house for just about seven years. If you count back, yes, 2006. It did appreciate a bit over the first year. We remodeled the kitchen so that the sink would fit in the counter and the drawers would close all the way. The garden was the first “improvement”. I had […]

"In a Garden Far, Far Away- An Edible Forest Sancuary"

Here’s a write up from the Garden Show on our up and coming garden display “In a Garden Far, Far Away…” Janet does a great job capturing the spirit of the gardens that are going to be built in just a few days now. I recommend scanning through her blog posts on all the […]

Timber Layout

Twenty-three days until we begin the move-in process for the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Our garden, “In a Garden Far, Far Away…An Edible Forest Sanctuary” is coming along great. As I watch the first (IV) Star Wars movie with my four year-old daughter, I am thoroughly excited to bring a piece of the […]

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