I picked a year because I always get annoyed with gardening magazines showing plants and gardens at their best – what do things look like in the off-season? Do they die well? Tracking the plants through the year has proven a bit harder than I expected. I’ve found that I have to overcome a knee-jerk reaction against showing a plant when it’s being ugly. It’s like taking a picture of someone when they first get up in the morning. Also, when the plant goes boring, it’s easy to forget about it and not get back for that off-season shot. I got through one year and still felt I had plenty to write about so I continued with another year.

I’m a former geologist turned garden designer/coach turned writer. I have a book on America’s native bees–a group of stories, not a guidebook–due out in February 2018. I live in Seattle on a new, delightfully small lot with a husband, two kids and one slightly psycho border collie mix.


  • The Old South Meets the New: The Atlanta Botanical Garden. Text and Photos by Paige Embry. Washington Park Arboretum. Fall 2012. Part 1, Part 2
  • Saruma henryi: The Intriguing History Behind its Name. Text by Paige Embry. The American Gardener. March/April 2014.
  • Geology of the Arboretum, Part 1: Blame the Ice Age for Your Dirt! Text by Paige Embry. Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin. Summer 2014.
  • The Bees Knees. Text by Paige Embry. Horticulture. September/October 2014. Part 1
  • Geology of the Arboretum, Part 2: There’s Soil Under Them There Plants!. Text by Paige Embry. Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin. Fall 2014.
  • Here’s the BOB: Text by Paige Embry. Horticulture. May/June 2016.

2 comments for “About

  1. August 7, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I am writing to see if I can get permission from Paige Embry to use a picture found on this website of Solidago rugosa ‘fireworks’ in a print publication.

    I can provide more information about this request, but I am unsure where to send it.

    Thank you.

  2. Danielle
    March 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I would like to get permission from Paige to use the following image of Picea abies ‘Pusch’ in an article that I am writing:


    Please email me at your earliest convenience.

    Thank you

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