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Arts & Entertainment - February 5, 2021

Adding color to the garden

Flowers and vegetables can be planted to enhance their hues

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

The next meeting of the Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club will host Lorene Edwards Forkner, gardener, artist, designer, writer, editor and educator, speaking on the topic, "Seeing Color in Your Garden — Nature's Tool for Attention."

Forkner is a columnist for the Seattle Times Weekly GROW column in Pacific NW Magazine. For nine years she was the editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine and is the author of five garden books, including the newly released, "The Beginner's Guide to Growing Great Vegetables."

She lives a garden-based life in an old house near the beach in West Seattle, and her tiny plot of land is her living workshop and testing ground where she pursues seasonal pleasures, delicious flavors, and creative experimentation.

"Color is one of nature's most sophisticated tools engineered to capture the attention of all living creatures," Forkner asserts.

Since early 2018, she has maintained a daily practice of capturing fresh botanicals in simple watercolor gestures and posting the studies to Instagram.

Her presentation will demonstrate how gardeners can discover hidden hues and enhance their approach to designing with color, whether growing vegetables or flowers.

"Some of our members have heard the speaker, Lorene Edwards Forkner, at major gardening events," publicity chairwoman Dolores Bengtson said. "They believe she will offer good insight into color in your garden and the role color plays to attract all the pollinators needed to keep your garden thriving."

The meeting will take place via Zoom at 7 p.m. next Thursday (Feb. 11), and the public is invited. Email [email protected]

Although it cannot hold meetings in person at this time, the Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club continues its service to community gardens in Pleasanton and Livermore, wearing masks and practicing social distancing. To learn more about the club, visit


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