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.

Keep Your Garden Cool When It’s Hot

Despite Seattle’s soggy reputation, any gardener here knows our summers are dry. Dry as toast. But first comes winter. In winter, winter rains flood plants. If they survive that, which many tough customers didn’t in last winter’s record pelting, then – just as the growing season gets underway, as plants send out their tender feeder […]

Jumpstart Your Garden This Spring

Photo by Erica GrivasThe first week of spring often feels like the weather missed the calendar’s memo. It’s rainy and cold again, and the ground – which ideally would look like fluffy chocolate cake, looks more like the batter. Fortunately, although the forecast may not fit our spring dreams, this time of year offers great […]

Dream Gardens At The Northwest Flower And Garden Show

It may be gray outside, but it’s a supernova of color inside at the annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show (Feb. 22 through Sunday, Feb. 26) at the Convention Center. The show packs ideas, inspiration, and information into a dazzling display of theater.   The definitive stars are the 20 display gardens, each bursting with […]

Meet Mojo

Meet my dog, Mojo, the latest in our series, Dogs of Green Lake. Mojo, nearly four years old, likes challenges – especially ones with squirrel potential. Our family adopted him at eight weeks after his litter was left in a parking lot. He is such a blend of breeds that his DNA test came back […]

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 […]

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