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Green Plate Special: Inspiring Youth Through Urban Gardening

Green Plate Special: Inspiring Youth Through Urban Gardening

This year, our annual Fall Festival is raising money for the local nonprofit, Green Plate Special, and we’re so excited to tell you all about the meaningful work they do to help low-income youth experience food in new ways through gardening, cooking, and eating together.

A Visit to Fishtail Cottage

A Visit to Fishtail Cottage

One of the perks of working at Swansons is being able to visit PNW gardens. While the majority of gardens we visit are public, it’s always a treat to visit personal gardens and explore what local gardeners are doing in their private spaces. Nestled in an ordinary block north of Seattle, there is a floriferous wonderland called Fishtail Cottage. Complete with a white picket fence, romantic cottage garden flowers, and a bevy of animal greeters, you might feel like you have wandered out of the suburbs and into a modern fairy tale land.

A Visit to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

A Visit to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

I have been living in Seattle for almost six years and I admit, this was my first visit to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. The botanical garden features over 700 species of Rhododendron and many other fascinating plants as well. The garden encompasses 22 acres with a beautiful visitor center, gift shop, plant nursery, and trails for visitors to leisurely walk in the landscape.   

A Food Forest Grows in Bothell

A Food Forest Grows in Bothell

An emerging idea as we blur the boundaries between ornamental and food gardening is the Food Forest. A project garnering recent attention is the Cascadia College (CC) Food Forest, on the campus shared by Cascadia and the University of Washington, Bothell (UWB). It is one of a few but growing number of college campuses in the U.S. which are maintained using sustainable practices and without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.

A Look Back at 2017

A Look Back at 2017

So much has happened over the past year at Swansons! It was a year full of fun, projects, and community. We want to thank you - our amazing customers - for making it such a great year! Here are some of the highlights of 2017, in pictures.

An Autumn Visit To Historic Dunn Gardens

An Autumn Visit To Historic Dunn Gardens

Every once in a while you discover a true hidden treasure, an oasis of calm and beauty in the midst of a busy city. It's getting harder to find them, but they do exist. We were lucky to visit just such a place: Dunn Gardens.

A Leafy Road Trip: Visiting One Of Our Growers In Oregon

A Leafy Road Trip: Visiting One Of Our Growers In Oregon

With fall just around the corner, I accompanied our Tree and Shrub Buyer, Gabriel Maki, on a visit to a few of our favorite Oregon growers to check out some of the plants they are raising. Many of the plants we saw will be at their peak and in full bloom this fall.