Alex LaVilla What do you do at Swanson's? Perennial Plant Buyer including all perennials, herbs, grasses, groundcovers. Merchandising Manager for Perennial Dept.

What was your first plant? Garden phlox

What is your favorite gardening resource (book, website, etc.)? Great Plant / Designing With Perennials by Piet Oudolf

What is your favorite season? Fall

What is your favorite Seattle-area greenspace/park/garden? Bloedel Reserve, Miller Garden

Where in the world would you most like to visit? Borobudur Indonesia

What is your greatest extravagance? Week-long meditation retreats

What is your favorite dish? Pasta with anchovies and garlic

If you were a beverage, what would you be? Gin and tonic with tarragon

What is your most marked characteristic? Good memory for details

Give us a quick gardening tip: Design tip: plant combinations work best when foliage is considered first over flowers. Plant 3 different textures together in a group for best results

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