Hello and welcome to this very special edition of Veg Plotting. Our final day's Fling in Seattle was spent in The Bloedel Reserve. We took the ferry across to Bainbridge Island (a treat in itself) whereupon the marvellously warm and sunny weather we'd been enjoying refused to come and play and we finally got a taste of the rain which the Pacific North West is famous for.
In addition to having exclusive blogger access to the Reserve on a day it's not usually open to the public, we were also treated to the wit and wisdom of David Perry who kindly agreed to provide 3 mini-photography workshops spread across the day in order to accommodate us all. There's lots more to come in later posts, but for now I'll just say that David's challenge to us was to pretend we were on assignment for a magazine and come up with the all important front cover shot, a story plus the photographs needed as illustration.
Today's post forms the first part of my response to that assignment: the front cover of my 'magazine', plus its contents page. As you can see magical Bloedel has many stories to tell, some of which will be added to this blog over the next few weeks. Their links will be added to the list below (and show up in brown) as and when they appear on Veg Plotting.
I'd really like to mock up one or two of these to look like proper magazine pages, but I don't think I have the software around to enable me to do this. If you know of anything (preferably free) which can be used for this purpose, do leave the details in the comments below.
I hope you enjoy what's to come: rest assured I won't be exclusively blogging about Seattle over the next few weeks. There'll be a mixture of the usual stories too :)
Until the next time,
- Garden Bloggers in the Rain
- On Assignment... ...with David Perry
- Big in Japan A look at the Japanese Garden
- Photoworkshop Avoiding the cliche
Plants and Design
- The Devil's in the Detail The tiny accents which caught our eye
- Reflections of Bloedel A very different view of the Reserve
- A Rolling Stone... ...gathers lots of moss in this most unusual part of the garden
- Editor's Letter
- Readers' Comments Your chance to share your thoughts on this most magical of places, ask questions, or just have your say [do add yours below - Ed]
- Garden Bloggers' Muse Day A thought provoking quote courtesy of Prentice Bloedel
- Out on the Streets Our summer look at what's hot - or not - in the world of public planting
- Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day A spiky visitor is found up at the plot
- Book Reviews Helen Babbs' tale of a novice gardener on a tiny London rooftop was among the new releases up for grabs in Seattle
- Crossword B*gger!
- Classifieds See the right hand sidebar for our current sponsors
- Next Issue What's coming up in September