Greg ButlerWhat do you do at Swanson's? Spend money, buy stuff. Tell us a little about your professional background and other interests: I have Associate degrees in horticulture and residential landscape design, and a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture. I have owned & operated a landscape design/consultation/installation business since 1994, and have been a landscape/garden educator since 2006. Before that I worked as a touring musician and roadie, record label flunky, cook, carpet installer, carpet cleaner, merchandiser for a chain of hardware stores, warehouse manager, florist deliveryman, painter, furniture mover, mobile home salesman... and I worked in a bathtub enclosure and shower door factory for a while... Essentially, until I found horticulture, I got fired a lot. Or I eventually lost interest and just kind of wandered off...my only other "interests"  are yelling at the television when the Sounders, Mariners, or Seahawks are playing, cooking from our potager, and hunting for great bottles of wine that cost less than $15.

What was your first plant? Oh my...so long ago...probably something expensive and rare which I immediately killed.

What is your favorite gardening resource (book, website, etc.)? Favorite general reference book is the Sunset Western Garden Book, and their on-line database is also very helpful. Favorite garden writer is Graham Stuart Thomas. Great Plant Picks is my go-to website.

What is your favorite season? Winter. Less work to be done, more time to scheme and dream. And no weeding. (Well, less weeding...)

What is your favorite Seattle-area greenspace/park/garden? Probably Kubota. Amazing garden, better story.

Where in the world would you most like to visit? The Spanish Steps. But I despise travelling, so could you bring them to me, please?

What is your greatest extravagance? Dining at 909 Coffee and Wine in Burien. Great food, great wine, great people. I would eat every meal there if my wife would let me.

What is your favorite dish? Rigatoni with sun dried tomato pesto and hearts of romaine salad with crumbled blue cheese dressing. At 909, of course.

If you were a beverage, what would you be? I fancy myself as a bottle of 2005 Leonetti Reserve Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. But the rest of the world probably sees me as a can of Pabst.

What is your most marked characteristic? I am forever "improving" things. My tombstone will read "He could not leave well enough alone".

Give us a quick gardening tip: When installing new plants, the green side goes up!

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