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My Book, “Garden On, Vashon!” is in hand!

October 16th, 2013 at Wed, 16th, 2013 at 2:41 pm by Karen Dale

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At last, after three years of writing and about three months of pre-press and printing, my book Garden On, Vashon! is HERE!

And I’ll be reading short excerpts from it at the Farmers Market tomorrow, October 19, starting at 11am on the Music Stage. Before and after, you can find me and the books at the new,brick-red Education Kiosk at the front of the market.

In it, I have written a year-round, years-back look at how we garden, farm, and cultivate our Island, yesterday and today. It’s a how-to book, a history book, a “How the Island Works” book. It has advice from over 100 gardeners & experts, plus (because I thought its history needed gathering) the complete history of the VAA Garden Tour, including the names & gardens of everyone who’s participated since the tour’s start in 1990.

Here’s more info, printed on the back cover of the book, along with the most flattering photo of me ever (thanks, Leslie Brown)—important if you want to get the book right away. More on that below…


So how can you get a copy?

Until around Halloween, I will sell the books myself—literally off my hip from my book bag and the back of my car. I can take cash, checks or even run your credit/debit card on my new Square Reader  (see link here if you’re curious what THAT is). Retail price is $22.95, $24.96 with WA sales tax.

This Saturday, October 19, I will read short selections from the new Educational Kiosk at the Farmers Market, starting at 11am. Before and after, I’ll be at the Calico Gardens flower booth at the market and will happily sell and autograph copies. I’ll also read at the Fruit Club’s Fruit Show on Saturday, November 2, again at 11am, at the Land Trust building.

By Halloween, Vashon bookstore will have also copies to sell, and soon after True Value, Thriftway, and perhaps Vashon Pharmacy. There’s no e-books, nor will you find this book on—this is an Island exclusive, entirely locavore, produced in Western Washington product! 

So! I hope that makes you excited to have your own copy of Garden on, Vashon!

gardens on the south end of Vashon Island, on a sandy hilltop overlooking Quartermaster Harbor. "Garden On, Vashon" shares what the Island has to teach us about gardening HERE—from making soils to sowing seeds to raising plants to harvest, cooking, preserving, and designing new ways to cultivate your little chunk of Vashon Island. To contact me, email, or leave a comment.

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