Erica Grivas

Erica has written for a wide variety of publications including the New York Post, Real Simple, Flower Gardens, Chicago Parent, and Connecticut Home and Garden magazines. She holds a certificate in Landscape Design from The New York Botanical Garden. She is a lifestyle writer for Seattle Greenlaker and has lived in Green Lake since 2009.

Fall gardening: Plant Now For a Spectacular Winter

Imagine sitting by a fire, enjoying a hot cocoa as the winds gust outside. How’s the view out the window? Conjure a Japanese maple which sets off fireworks of fall color before revealing its winter pose, a pieta in swirls. At its feet, a symphony of bulbs emerge in turn, from snowdrops to daffodils and […]

Apply For Free Trees By August 10

No kidding. Free. To reach its goal of increasing Seattle’s tree canopy cover to 30% by 2037, Seattle gives away trees each fall to residents in the ReLeaf lottery.  ReLeaf doesn’t care if you own or rent. Aside from the online application, the program makes it impossibly easy. Each household can apply for up to […]

Grow up! Vines Weave Magic in the Garden

If you seek privacy, depth, a hint of magic and mystery, or just some more growing space in your garden, look to the sky and let vines get to work drawing with leafy spirals. Grown vertically up walls and on trellises, vines add crucial dimension to a garden that makes a space feel complete. They […]

Get Your Veggies On – Seeds vs. Starts

Just like a first kiss, timing is everything in the veggie garden. Take tomatoes – the Holy Grail of the Northwest gardener – they prefer their beds pre-warmed and toasty. Sow a seed in the ground that’s not warm enough, you might as well buy it a casket. Tomatoes wait for the soil to be […]

Here Came the Cavalry: Rare Pictures of Green Lake released

  Look what we found in The New York Public Library’s recently released archive of 180,000 public domain photos: the U.S. Cavalry, in 1899, on the shores of Green Lake.  The Third Cavalry Unit is preparing to embark to Manila to fight in the Philipine-American War, a rebellion lasting  from 1899-1902 which erupted after the […]

Winter Survival Tips for Gardeners

Seattle is a gardener’s paradise – from April through October. The other months all range from drizzle to hail and back again, staged with a gray flannel blanket backdrop.  Snow – if we had any – would offer its own design opportunities, a nice cover of warmth for plant roots, and a color other than […]

At the Dog Park: Teaching Pack-Mind for Humans

You might never notice the Woodland Park Off-Leash Area unless you’re a nearby owner of a restless dog. Then you make a point to find it three days a week – minimum. Dog parks are a tricky fishbowl of energy (both canine and human).  On the best of days, they are the happiest places on […]

Last Chance to Plant Spring Bulbs

What you should be doing in between rain sessions: shopping for and planting spring bulbs for weeks of mood-boosting color March-May. Until the ground freezes, there’s still time to plant daffodils, tulips and other spring-flowering bulbs. And – bonus! – they’re on sale right now, so you can scoop some up for as much as […]

A Genius Kind of Free Library

Little Free Libraries are very cool – they offer a way to de-clutter your bookshelves while sharing the gift of reading and connecting with your neighbors. As we reported, all around Green Lake they are sprouting like mung beans in leaf litter, of every style. But this simply modern one really caught our eye – […]

Another Snail in the Coffin of Your Garden

Dahlias can barely get growing. Hosta leaves are riddled with ragged holes. Dreams of magnificence chomped away while you slept. If you’ve gardened in Green Lake for more than a season, you already know the ravenous slimy, culprits: slugs and snails. Maybe you’re thinking “live and let live,” or “let nature take it’s course.” Meanwhile, […]

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