Hi there, I'm Lorene Edwards Forkner. I live a garden-based life in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in an old house near the beach in West Seattle, (USDA 8). This tiny plot is my living workshop and testing ground where I pursue seasonal pleasures, delicious flavors, and creative experimentation.
Like many of us with dirty nails and decidedly non-fashion-forward tan lines, my garden journey has been circuitous. In the mid 90s, my passionate love of plants led to owning and operating a small specialty nursery. There I discovered a community of like-minded souls for whom every flower, bulb, grass, and twig was a constant source of wonder and possibility. I also spent several years working in garden design helping others, like me, who needed to organize their growing collections into pleasing spaces.
These days, my work has more to do with tending gardeners—encouraging collaboration with natural systems and a respect for the precious wildness all around us. More than just a seasonal pasttime, our gardens provide a creative outlet, personal respite, a connection with nature, and foster more livable communities. #GardeningMatters
I work from home as the editor of Pacific Horticulture, a quarterly magazine published by Pacific Horticulture Society, a not-for-profit organization that believes in beautiful gardens connected to the world at large. What does that mean? I encourage you to go here and explore to your heart's content.
Also, beginning in September 2018, I will be contributing to a weekly column in the Seattle Times called GROW. Along with my colleague Colin McCrate of Seattle Urban Farm Company, each week we'll cover stories that will fall into one of four categories — people profiles, plant profiles, environmental literacy and connecting readers with local resources. The Pacific Northwest is rich in natural beauty and horticultural abundance. Colin and I are excited to shine a light on our region's garden riches.
I am also the author of of 5 garden books including The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening: Pacific Northwest, and Handmade Garden Projects, bestselling titles from Timber Press.