Erica Browne Grivas

Erica is a longtime journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines nationwide. A contributor to the Seattle Times, she writes a gardening column for the Queen Anne and Magnolia News. Living in Green Lake since 2009, she wrote for Seattle Greenlaker for several years before becoming editor in 2021.

Aurora PCC Temporarily Closes After Confirmed Case of COVID-19

Green Lake has a publicly confirmed case of the novel Coronavirus.  PCC Markets closed its doors for 24 hours for a “deep clean” after a staff member who worked at the 7504 Aurora Ave. store was confirmed with COVID-19. According to a March 11th release on PCC’s web site, the unnamed staffer last worked on […]

Grab Some Color Therapy At The Northwest Flower And Garden Festival

If you are starting to believe that the gray and brown are the only two colors in the natural world, take heart. Whether you are a confirmed plant nerd or just looking for some color therapy and garden inspiration, the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival is here to tell you the sun will return. Running […]

Get Your Dose Of Spring At The Northwest Flower And Garden Festival

When you and winter have stopped talking, the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival swoops in just in time to transport you to a world of ever-blooming color and endless possibility.   The five-day festival, running today through Sunday, is a gardener’s dream day. Equal parts spectacle, shopping, education and entertainment, a day’s ticket includes round-the-clock lectures by horticultural superstars, hunting in the marketplace for everything your garden […]

PCC Meal Kits Put to the Test

Suddenly meal kits are everywhere – bringing fun, hassle-free cooking to you online, via subscriptions, and at your supermarket.  PCC Community Markets debuted its “Scratch-Made Meals at Home” kits in April, and provided Greenlaker some to sample. The “globally inspired” kits, retail at $19.99, serve two people, and are “almost entirely organic produce and non-GMO, locally […]

Kombucha For Your Plants Created By Local Mom

In case you hadn’t heard, microbes rule the world as our tiny, yet all-powerful, overlords. Through complex networks of relationships, they boost or withhold health in us, in our plants, and for the planet. Dr. Sarah Pellkofer, 34, was struck by those relationships in her Ph.D. studies in Switzerland, seeing how certain bacteria and fungi […]

Need Garden Inspiration? The NW Flower and Garden Show Starts Today

Always an over-the-top inspiration for seasoned gardeners and plantaholics, the Northwest Flower and Garden Show  opens today for its 30th year with a twist – a special focus on delivering doable ideas for beginning gardeners, city dwellers, and edible gardeners. The five-day festival runs Wednesday–Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center, offering 20 plant-packed display […]

Caring For Your Trees In Winter

Why does my evergreen look so weird? To prune or not to prune?  Mulch? Which trees are the best for Seattle? When can I plant? We asked certified arborist Rick Castro of Davey Tree, who has been caring for trees for over 40 years,  to help us out on these questions and more. Read on. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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