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.