The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many […]

Hello fellow Bloggers…. Your Seattle Fling team is beginning to recover from last month’s awesome, 4-day horticultural adventure. Marty was back on the radio last Tuesday (and today), sharing her wit and wisdom with our local NPR audiences. Mary Ann is putting the finishing touches on her new book, The Rocky Mountain Gardener’s Guide, having […]

You might think I’m talking about relief from recording breaking heat waves and apocalyptic dust storms – in which case it’s true – our beautiful Emerald City offers a luscious cool respite from the above troubles most of the country is suffering from just now.  But I was actually referring to relief from the hassle […]

Hello gang, your humble volunteer committee is trying to keep all the balls in the air as we juggle the many logistics with the Fling, plus other personal and professional demands. It’s all going to be wonderful, but please be patient. If you don’t see something posted about what you feel you must know now, […]

We are all set to have a wonderful, 4-day garden, plant, and friendship-filled extravaganza here in Seattle next weekend. Every moment will feature beautiful surprises, but we’ve planned something extra-special for our concluding party next Monday, July 25th. As you know, we will spend several hours at the iconic Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. Then […]

Here’s a great, affordable opportunity to expand your professional profile and promote yourself as a gardening expert. It’s called The project was launched last year by five full-time professional garden communicators, including Fling co-hosts Debra Prinzing and Mary Ann Newcomer (and their cohorts Amy Stewart, Nan Sterman and Scott Calhoun). More than 150 speakers […]

Hi everyone, one more update for traveling to and fro this coming week. Our official transportation partner, Shuttle Express, has set up a special reservation portal for anyone coming to the Fling. Thanks to Shannon Anderson, our travel coordinator at Shuttle Express, for setting this up. Click here to make your ground-travel reservations. The discounted shuttle […]

When you arrive in Seattle next week, you might just jump on the “green” train. In other words, take the LINK, our new light rail train from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (and transfer to a local Metro bus once you’ve hit the city) to arrive at our host hotel, the Silver Cloud Inn. If you’re shaking your […]

Many thanks to Seattle Fling-er (-ette?) Gail Eichelberger (Clay & Limestone) for bringing Thistle Farms to my attention.  Thistle Farms is a social enterprise program run by the women of Magdalene and producer of deliciously fragrant, all natural bath, body & home products that are “…as good for the earth as they are for the […]

…about a fabulous garden? You are invited to a social event on Thursday evening, July 21, the night before our official Fling activities commence. This networking opportunity is sponsored by GWA and the Washington Chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. The evening (6:30-9 p.m.), held in a garden with breathtaking scenery, gives you […]