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Avant Gardener – GARDENING IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST/HOW TO ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS

Our show today begins with a discussion about garden books that make good holiday presents, especially those authored by Derek and Carolyn Fell, including two books on flower arranging titled Glorious Flowers (a how-to book about flower arranging) and Impressionist Bouquets (a book that explains how to duplicate arrangements painted by the great French Impressionist painters. Also mentioned are The gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright who was a landscape design genius as well as an architect. Derek’s books titled How to Photograph Flowers & Landscapes, Vegetables, How to Select, Grow & Enjoy, and Vertical Gardening are also popular holiday gifts. Our expert, Terry Swaine, gardens in Seattle and gives us an overview of gardening in the Pacific Northwest where long, cool summers are ideal for growing sweet peas, cabbage and lettuce, but a challenge for tomatoes and peppers. He also recounts his experience at growing in a community garden where certain well-intentioned rules at first made growing crops difficult, but were later changed to suit gardeners’ needs more realistically. We answer emails about the joys of growing perennial sweet peas, whether to grow a lawn from seed, by sodding or plugging, and we recommend varieties of flowers in order to attract hummingbirds to the garden.