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The epithet, biloba, is Latin for two-lobed, describing the leaf that is fan-shaped and split in the middle.

A Living Fossil — Ginkgo Biloba

Once upon a prehistoric time, the deciduous Ginkgo biloba grew around the globe. When we look at this tree, we witness a living link to a primeval time, long before mammals became prolific on the planet. Under the tree’s tall canopy, the dinosaurs … read more

Never Say Done Garden

Never Say Done!

The ever-evolving garden of Ron Gillespie and Joyce...

A gravel lane heads arrow-straight through a dull flood plain west toward Dyes Inlet. But turn left off the lane into the driveway of Ron Gillespie and Joyce Merkel, and you find a profoundly different world. Strolling under a broad arbor dripping with … read more

Remodeling Step by Step

Remodeling Step by Step, Slow and Steady

A sequenced remodel transformed an overgrown Hood Canal...

Patience is a virtue, so it’s said. For Steve and Theresa Erickson of Poulsbo, it’s also the key to their remarkable home remodel, one that met the couple’s expectations in nearly every way. Working with architect Wayne LaMont and Sentinel Construction’s Dave Godbolt … read more

Winter Greens Party

Deck the Halls at a Winter Greens Party

Winter brings long, dark days, and historically humans have found ways to chase away the darkness. The tradition of festooning homes with evergreen boughs, berries and cones dates back to pagan times. In Europe, pre-Germanic people gathered evergreens because they are sturdy, last … read more

Bearadise

Bearadise — An Enchanting Garden in the Forest

A passion for gardening is often passed down from generation to generation, and for Dorene Fretwell, that is certainly true. Fretwell has been a certified Master Gardener since 2007 and has used her horticulture knowledge, creativity and intuition to create a beautiful woodland … read more

Kingston Holiday Lights

Kingston Holiday Lights

A not-to-be-missed holiday-season outing is the Kingston Lights on the green spaces surrounding the Port of Kingston building near the ferry terminal. It all begins on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. when Santa arrives on a North Kitsap Fire and Rescue truck. … read more

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Decorating for the Holidays

Home Decorating for the Holidays

Chances are good that at some point during the holiday season, you’ll welcome guests into your home. Whether you lease or own your home, creating a cozy, festive setting for holiday gatherings can actually be quite simple, especially if you take on the … read more

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Christmas Tree Fires

Six Christmas Tree Safety Tips

A favorite holiday movie is “Christmas Vacation.” One of the most memorable scenes is the squirrel flying out of the Christmas tree. While funny on the movies, the threat of Christmas tree mishaps can actually be quite serious. Unsecured Christmas trees can topple … read more

Under the Camellia is a planting of heath (Erica), coral bells (Heuchera), ivy and blood twig dogwood (Cornus 'Midwinter Fire').

Dynamic Containers for Winter

Barely into winter, and the signs of the season are everywhere. The vibrant aspects of warmer times have left for sunnier climates. Anything left in the shadow of a sunless sky is rendered drab by the unending gloom of rain. Now that West … read more

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