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CROSS POLLINATOR CORNER: Join the Gardens ALIVE Design – Fan Club!

Are you in love with the early summer growth of your summer perennials and grasses? Have antsy anticipation for warmer days and cool drinks on the patio surrounded by your beautiful billowing containers? Are you starting to pick produce and watching berries begin to ripen? Me too! Did Gardens ALIVE Design assist you with your landscape or containers […]

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CROSS POLLINATOR CORNER: Garden Humor

Who doesn’t need to laugh more?  We need to laugh more at ourselves, at our mistakes, at our challenges and at our fears.  Laughter benefits our emotional, physical, and social selves.  During the month of June, you will be out in your landscape weeding, planting, and watching the growth of everything.  Take a break during […]

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CROSS POLLINATOR CORNER: Promoting Careers in Horticulture – Part 1 of 3

Since I began my career as a Landscape Designer over 15 years ago, it has been an ongoing passion of mine to support others in this industry. One way to accomplish this goal is this Cross Pollinator’s Corner in the Gardens ALIVE Design monthly newsletter. These articles also get posted to the Gardens ALIVE Design blog page for use […]

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CROSS POLLINATOR: Ornamental Geo Formations

We all need to know people dedicated to their niche in the landscape industry! For this reason, I’d like to introduce you to Nathan of Ornamental Geo Formations LLC. He is a true craftsman taking pride, ability AND follow-through into his work world. His dedication and passion for crafting a product that is durable, purposeful […]

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CROSS POLLINATOR: GOTH GARDENS

Here is a new one for you. For the lover of all things dramatic. For those with a longing for deep and mysterious spaces. For you, with your flair for unique approaches . . . Goth Gardens are a current trend that you can sink your teeth into. There are many beautiful plants that come in dark flowers, black leaves and even […]

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CROSS POLLINATOR’S CORNER: Flower & Garden Show 2024

Do you have giddy excitement this time of year in anticipation of the experience of stepping into a world filled with all of the garden goodies one could imagine at NW Flower and Garden Festival? Mark your calendars because this event certainly is a huge treat for us landscape lovers!  The sights, sounds and smells […]

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CROSS POLLINATOR’S CORNER: Color of the Year: Peach Fuzz

As always, Pantone continues to offer exciting and enticing momentum for not only for uses with color but also is a compass for living a better life.  From Pantone; “Peach Fuzz captures our desire to nurture ourselves and others.  It’s a velvety gentle peach, whose all-embracing spirit enriches heart, mind and soul.  An appealing peach […]

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CROSS POLINATOR’S CORNER: Garden Inside with Jungle Cat

Yep, the cold gets to many of us.  But we still need our plant fix!  My suggestion is to garden inside a bit more this season.  Stay in your slippers to snip and tidy leaves.  Water that pebble tray with a homemade latte in hand.  Enliven the senses and lift your spirits by adding a […]

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CROSS POLLINATOR: Holiday Stroll at Garden d’Lights

Needing an idea for a festive evening stroll? How about a destination for out of town guests? The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society has been lighting up the night sky for almost 30 years at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. With thousands of volunteer hours, more than a half a million colored lights are woven into flora and fauna […]

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CROSS POLLINATOR: Out with Invasives!

(Cough, SNEEZE, sniffle) Have you heard these sounds while riding in a crowded elevator and realized that someone in there with you has a horrible cold? Then you notice they coughed into their hand and pushed a button with that same hand and then sneezed without covering. And you have 20 more floors to go […]

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