Gardening Seattle Style

May 29, 2009

I was in Seattle last weekend for the Northwest Folklife festival and managed to get my garden on.  First stop was City People’s Garden store:

This place was huge and completely gorgeous!  If I lived in Seattle, I definitely would go to this garden centre.  Of course, I had to check out the seed selection and promptly made my way over to here:

Ed Hume, Renee’s Garden, Territorial Seed Company and Abundant Life Seeds were on the significantly-depleted racks.  I picked up some White Russian kale, Marian rutabaga, Early Jalapeno hot pepper, Black Cherry tomato (can’t have too much of this), Gala Mâche and a Sensitive Plant seeds.

Like I said, everything was gorgeous:

They even had a Northwest Natives section:

This is just a small selection of the variety of tomatoes for sale, many of them heirlooms:

Well tended and well watered – a gardener’s dream!  We also went to Magnolia Garden Center where I bought some Flashy Trout’s Back romaine lettuce (completely for the name!) and some bio-degradable bamboo pots for me and my mom.

Touring around the city we saw lots of interesting things:

Anyone know what this tree/shrub is called?  We saw lots of them in full bloom:


At Northwest Folklife I stopped by the Seattle Urban Farm Company to check out their display:

You can see a humongous bay leaf plant in that 5-gallon blue bucket.  They also had some raised beds and chickens:

Seattle was very nice – sunny days and cool evenings.  The rhododendrons were in full bloom in a wide variety of colours, shapes and sizes.

All you Seattle-based gardeners are pretty lucky!

3 Responses to “Gardening Seattle Style”

  1. Chiot's Run Says:

    What a lovely garden center, next time I’m in Seattle I’ll swing through.

    That shrub is very lovely. I’ve never seen one here. The blooms are quite fantastic!

  2. Karen Says:

    I think the tree/shrub looks like wisteria, and I know there’s a lot of wisteria in Seattle. It’s hard to tell without a closer look. Wisterias can bring down a gazebo if they don’t have enough support!

  3. The shrub with the blue flowers is Ceanothus (California Lilac). City People’s is a great nursery & very centrally located. But there are larger, equally lovely nurseries with more plants to choose from such as Swanson’s, Molbak’s & Wells Medina.

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