Imagination Makes Us All Bigger

September 25, 2019

Written by Beth Weir Having just returned from visiting Slovenia and Croatia I am still in the afterglow of the trip. For New World travelers such as myself, the marvel…


Changing of the Seasons

August 27, 2019

by Beth Weir   Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness― John Keats It’s hard to be in denial.  As much as I wish it were not so the hydrangea blooms are…

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A Privileged Retirement

July 10, 2019

by Beth Weir I had the best job in the world as executive director of Dunn Gardens. For someone who likes to get nails dirty, working in a garden as…

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The Queen of Months by Beth Weir

May 4, 2019

If I had to pick a favorite month as a gardener, it would be May. It is the time of year when our world in the Pacific Northwest is bursting…


The Ways of Trees

April 12, 2019

by Beth Weir “All our wisdom is stored in the trees.”  ― Santosh Kalwar.            Trees are front and center this year at the Dunn Gardens. Actually, it…


In Bed with a Mosquito

March 11, 2019

By Beth Weir The odd sunny days of 2019 have beckoned those of us who like to garden, outside. Besides the pleasure of being in the yard, such a ritual…

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From February Snow to Pruning

February 12, 2019

By Beth Weir I started thinking about pruning during our current big Seattle snow after a large branch from a neighbor’s tree collapsed under the weight of the white stuff.…

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Meet Our Heritage Trees

January 22, 2019

  In Spring I feel the nervous, itchy excitement of buds aching to open. David Ferguson, (The Guardian, April 24, 2016)   We love that feeling Ferguson references because it…


Trusting New Beginnings

January 11, 2019

And suddenly you know It’s time to start Something new. And trust the magic of beginnings.   ~ Meister Eckhart Ekchart’s lovely and reassuring message came printed on a card I…

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Winter Sleep and More

November 6, 2018

Perhaps it was the recent attention to daylight savings time, along with the shortening days and increasingly bare tree limbs, that got me thinking about winter sleep. Bears are  known…

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A Generous County

October 29, 2018

A Generous Country The phone call surprised, delighted and terrified me all at once. At the other end of the line was George Vestal, then president of the Dunn Gardens…



October 9, 2018

With apologies to the Sound of Music: What do you do about a month called October? It turns out October is a very busy time of year around the world…