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Valerie hasn’t missed a week of writing her “Plant Life” column for Pacific Northwest Magazine of The Seattle Times in the last fourteen years. She also writes feature articles for the Times on the region’s most creative gardens and homes.

Her own new, simplified little garden, in the town of Langley on Whidbey Island, has been published in the New York Times, Horticulture and This Old House. She writes regularly about gardens and the people who make them for numerous publications, including “Garden Design” and “Organic Gardening” magazines.

Val is the author of four gardening books, including “The New Low Maintenance Garden” which was chosen by as one of the Ten Best Home and Garden Books for 2009. She's just about finished up a two year yoga teacher training program, loves to hike and read, and blogs on the Huffington Post as well as here at Plant Talk.