Lorene Edwards Forkner is an author, maker, and speaker whose work centers on exploring the wonders of the natural world. She is the author of numerous gardening titles, including the recently released ‘Color In and Out of the Garden.’
Following a stint as owner and operator of a small specialty nursery, Lorene dabbled in garden design where her primary focus was helping other passionate gardeners organize and tame their growing plant collections. She was the first woman to edit Pacific Horticulture, a quarterly magazine published by Pacific Horticulture, a not-for-profit organization focused on West Coast gardens. These days, her stories regularly appear in the GROW column in The Seattle Times where she explores the gardens and gardeners of the Pacific Northwest.
Lorene believes that the best gardening lessons — nurturing and connection — are essential to tending an equitable and sustainable society. Lorene lives in an old house near the beach where she tends a tiny plot filled with seasonal pleasures, delicious flavors, and creative experimentation. Contact Lorene via email: Lorene at handmadegarden.com.
Articles by Lorene Edwards Forkner
By Lorene Edwards Forkner|2023-03-03T16:53:02-05:00March 20, 2023|
"Come, gentle Spring! ethereal Mildness! come" --James Thomson Typical spring skies in the Pacific Northwest Funny, I always remember the above quote as “ethereal madness” … and am [...]
By Lorene Edwards Forkner|2023-02-24T13:37:12-05:00February 20, 2023|
It’s in the best interest of gardeners, farmers, and anyone who eats, to support the health and well-being of Mason bees, a valuable early season pollinator. Independent, adaptable, and resilient, mason [...]
By Lorene Edwards Forkner|2023-01-15T14:42:12-05:00January 16, 2023|
I’ve arrived at that inexplicable place where I’ve forgotten the hassle and headache of eradicating Macleaya cordata, a colonizing perennial that once ran roughshod in the front garden, only to [...]
By Lorene Edwards Forkner|2022-12-19T12:10:04-05:00December 19, 2022|
Half past fall foliage and a quarter to the New Year, here we are on the doorstep of the Winter Solstice — the longest night, the biggest dark, when sensible [...]
By Lorene Edwards Forkner|2022-11-19T20:57:17-05:00November 21, 2022|
Where are my manners! I haven’t properly introduced myself. I am a small business owner and freelance writer, a wife, a mother, a nana, a woman who has dear friends, [...]
By Lorene Edwards Forkner|2022-10-17T13:50:48-04:00October 17, 2022|
I have been planted here in an old house on a standard city-sized lot that’s nearly on the shores of the Salish Sea for nearly ever. I wish I got [...]