This blog is now beginning its 7th year. I published my first post on April 26, 2008. I hoped the blog would help to expand my garden design business (Metropolitan Gardens). Business did increase, mostly due to the housing boom. The Metropolitan Gardens blog became my portfolio. Now I write mostly because it's fun. I often walk along city streets & in parks & gardens. I enjoy taking pictures, editing & posting them. I've learned a lot about Seattle from this observation & the research I've done to write the posts.
I stopped photographing & writing about the Cascadia Garden in November of 2012, because nothing changed much from year to year. I started taking pictures of the urban landscape I saw while walking city sidewalks, then posting them monthly in place of my garden photos. I finished a year of that in October of 2013 & decided to continue. My house & the Cascadia Garden were sold in March of 2013. I moved to an apartment near Othello Station in April. I took photos of the neighborhoods, parks & gardens near my new, temporary home. I also started gardening in a community garden, Bradner Gardens Park P-Patch in my former, not very distant, neighborhood of Mt Baker.
I moved to a new house & garden in Rainier Vista in November of 2013. I intend to stay there as long as possible. Construction of the house was completed in October 2013. The garden was just dirt, except for a large ash tree in front of the house, near the sidewalk. Rainier Vista is a planned community of market rate & low-income housing. I was required to submit a landscape plan that met restrictive guidelines. I made the Ell Alley Garden in November & published the first post about it in December 2013.
As far as the Metropolitan Gardens blog is concerned, the most significant thing I did in the past 12 months was to let go of the old web address & default to the blogger address. I also changed the name of the blog, which appears in the header, to Seattle Urban Landscape. I reworked the pages that appear under the header to make it easier to find older posts on Gardening in Cascadia, Parks P-Patches Public Gardens, Nature, Favorite Plants & My Gardens. I hope the blog is easy to use as a source of information & entertainment.
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