Me – Lorene Edwards Forkner
Thanks for stopping by. I’m Lorene and I’m Planted at home – literally! Whether I’m digging a hole for my latest garden addition, reveling in the changing light of the season, or enjoying exquisite flavors of the harvest, I never tire of exploring details of the natural world. Oh, and I love to tell stories. I am always planting, mixing things up in the kitchen, experimenting and going on about home, garden, work and play.
I’m a handmade gardening gal – part eco-friendly, non-traditionalist, part crafty creative with more ideas than money. My garden is my canvas, my vision, and my voice. A place where I am free of all rules, except those of Nature herself.
My new book
Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More is for anyone looking to put their mark on the great outdoors. 31 projects – and countless variations – show you how to create a personality-infused environment using basic, economical, and easy to source hardware store materials, repurposed goods, and stuff from your basement. Really! Go here to read more. I’ll show you how to transform your garden into a handmade oasis.
I am also the co-author of 3 previous titles published by Sasquatch Books. Growing Your Own Vegetables: An Encyclopedia of Country Living Guide and Canning and Preserving Your Own Harvest: An Encyclopedia of Country Living Guide (both 2009) are single subject titles based on material original to The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery. Hortus Miscellaneous: A Gardener’s Hodgepodge of Information and Instruction was published in 2007. Hortus is a quirky little tome celebrating the wide world and timeless nature of gardening through the compilation of folklore, trivia, superstition and practical fact. Go here to read more about my books.
What I do
I am the new editor of Pacific Horticulture, a quarterly magazine for the avid gardener and curious naturalist. I’m looking forward to collaborating with talented writers and photographers — in print and online – featuring the work of inspired designers, adventuresome plants men and women, and passionate West Coast gardeners behind the beautiful, fruitful and innovative landscapes of our region. This is a wonderful Blue Door opportunity for me and I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure beginning with the July 2012 issue.
Over the past several years I’ve contributed to a variety of regional and national publications. Here’s a selection of some of these pieces. I also love to travel and talk with others about a variety of speaking topics. You can follow my schedule and read what people have said about my talks here.
My husband and I have a small city garden here in Seattle (USDA 8); I’m in charge of all things horticultural, but I couldn’t get along without his discerning eye for organizing space or his heavy-lifting abilities. Our lot is abundantly filled (read “overplanted”) with favorite plants, a small but productive vegetable garden, room for relaxation and home to a tiny vintage travel trailer garden folly.
House and garden provide me with a living workshop in my hands-on pursuit of color, interest, and delicious flavor every day of the year. A designer’s eye for re-purposing objects and a keen sense of conservation and thrift infuse my every effort with personality, wit and sustainability. I’d like to think my sense of humor and equanimity helps soften the blow when the unexpected and sometimes inevitable mishap happens. Tomatoes blight, a hard freeze dispenses with a beloved plant, I burn the jam (again) or misplace my favorite needle nose pliers (yet again). Loss is a natural part of all living things and the garden is a gentle teacher.
If you have a topic you’d like me to write about feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear your stories as well.