"A garden can be a consuming passion―at least until you feel it consuming you. When Val Easton found herself in that spot, she knew it was time to move on, this time to a gem of a low-maintenance garden she made for herself. It kept her passion for gardening alive and spawned a terrific book, The New Low-Maintenance Garden."
(Sunset's "Fresh Dirt" blog
"[Easton's premise] will be embraced by gardeners facing the limitations of an aging body or the time constraints of a busy career; by gardeners who want an inviting place to enjoy being outdoors; and, not least, by designers who are asked by nearly every client for a low-maintenance garden."
"You look and say 'I want this,' realizing that your desire has everything to do with the sanctuary garden that Easton is calling you back to. Low maintenance is just the part of the equation that gives you the time to enjoy the sanctuary you create."
(Sunset's "Fresh Dirt" blog
"This book is an invaluable addition to the garden library – destined to be a classic for many years to come."
(Garden Design Online
“[This book] shows authentic beauty achievable by regular folks like you and me, as opposed to gardening super-heroes who spend every waking moment plucking dead blades out of their chive plants.”
(Life on the Balcony blog
“This [is a] handy guide to a garden you can raise without a corresponding increase in your blood pressure … handsome and informative.”
"A well-informed and useful guide that … will appeal to gardeners all over the country. Recommended."
“Easton shows us how to garden reasonably without feeling overwhelmed. [This book] is a long overdue cry for gardening sanity, with guidelines for restoring balance to our lives.”
“Over the years, countless books have espoused a low-maintenance approach to gardening. None have been as engaging, practical, or inspiring as this latest of Easton’s contributions to the gardener’s bookshelf.”
"If you're looking for photographic inspiration, key tips for garden victory, additional books and resources, or success stories from other gardeners, you'll find it all in this well-written, easy-to-navigate guide."
(Sacramento Book Review
"If you’d like a beautiful garden but find yourself on the treadmill called life, this book just might help you understand it’s doable…this book provides inspiration while steering readers away from traditional elaborate perennial borders, water-hogging and disease prone plants, high-maintenance lawns, and time consuming plants that require deadheading, pruning, and constant care."
Valerie Easton is a weekly garden columnist for Pacific Northwest Magazine of The Seattle Times. Her own low-maintenance garden, the muse for this book, has been published in The New York Times, This Old House, and Horticulture. She has contributed articles on gardens, homes, and the people who make them to a variety of magazines, including Metropolitan Home, Fine Gardening, and Gardens Illustrated. Valerie trained as a Master Gardener and was for eighteen years the horticultural librarian at the University of Washington in Seattle. She gardens, teaches yoga, and blogs (www.valeaston.com) in the village of Langley, on Whidbey Island, Washington. Her previous book is A Pattern Garden (www.apatterngarden.com).
Jacqueline Knox trained at the leeds school of Physiotherapy and has a Postgraduate diploma in Manipulative therapy. She runs her own physiotherapy clinic, lectures on spinal problems and is physiotherapist to the British rowing team who won a gold medal at the Athens olympics. She co-wrote the Official Body Control Pilates Manual and was medical consultant on the book Pilates Pregnancy Guide.
Photographer and journalist Jacqueline M. Koch’s assignments have taken her from the Pacific Northwest to the South Pacific, Africa, and Europe. Her portfolio includes gardens and landscape design as well as coverage of world events, and her work has appeared in Pacific Northwest Magazine of The Seattle Times as well as in Garden Design, Time, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. She is also creating a low-maintenance garden of her own for her new home. Her Web site is www.jmkoch.com.