Seattle newspaper features Northwest Botanicals, Inc.

It was a great honor and pleasure to be interviewed by Seattle’s Soy Source newspaper. They wanted our advice about using native plants in the gardens that we design and maintain. While we use some Pacific Northwest native plants regularly, we ironically use many plants from Japan as they are often a better size for Seattle gardens than many large natives.

Soy Source article都会に適したオーガニックの庭
ネイティブプラントを使った庭作りのアドバイスを求めて、造園デザイン会社ノースウェスト・ボタニカルズ(Northwest Botanicals)のマネージャー、パット・レーさんを尋ねたのだが、開口一番「うちではネイティブプラントより、日本や中国の植物をよく使うんです」という衝撃の事実を聞かされた。キング郡はネイティブプラントでの庭作りを推奨しているのだが、実際の現場では通用しにくいという。「都会の庭には大きすぎたり、繁殖しすぎるうえ、ユニークな形や鮮やかな色のものが少ないので、それだけではつまらない庭になってしまいます。それに比べて、例えば日本のショウジョウモミジなどは、葉の色が季節ごとにピンク、緑、赤と変化して秋の紅葉も楽しめるし、しかもこの土地の気候に適しているんですよ」

Here is a link to the article in Japanese:

Here is a translation provided to us by Maho Kashiwazaki of Soy Source newspaper:

We visited Pat Reh who works at Northwest Botanicals as a general
manager in order to ask about native plant gardens. However, she told us
that they use more Japanese and Chinese plants than native plants, which
surprised us.
They prefer Japanese and Chinese plants because:
▪ Native plants are too big for small city gardens
▪ Native plants spread too much/easily
▪ Native plants are boring/not unique
▪ Japanese plants fit the NW environment
▪ Japanese plants such as Japanese Maple ‘Shojo’ has a beautiful array
of leaf colors according to the seasons

Organic Gardens
Northwest Botanicals is an organic company that focuses on not using
▪ Plant berries and other plants that bring birds and insects which eat
harmful insects
▪ Do not plant plants that attract snails and slugs

Tips for Garden Design
▪ Check the shade, wetness, types of soil
▪ Design a path to lead people to the garden
▪ Place beds along the path
*if the garden already has a tree, place those plants that grow well in
the shade of the tree like hydrangeas and ferns
▪ Plant evergreens that structure the gardens all year round
▪ Go see public gardens like “Kubota Garden” to get ideas for your garden

What to Do Now
Winter is the best season to add compost and plant because roots are growing
well even though there is no change  above ground.
How to compost
▪ Do not dig and mix compost with the soil because that breaks the
structure of the soil
▪ Put the compost on the ground surface so that the gravity, rain, and
insects bring them into the soil.

Northwest Botanicals, Inc.
☎ 206-932-1850

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