Linda Jarsky

  • Peace Be in You

    Inside the belly of Boise's most conscientious farm
      Contrite about not having returned my call, a colleague recently explained his oversight with an old colloquialism. He said he had been running around like a chicken with his head cut off. I had just that morning toured Peaceful Belly Farm and heard Josie Erskine's tender descriptions of her various fowl and their respective quirks, so I winced. Had he seen an aproned and loving grandmother grab a squawking bird, hatchet its head on a tree stump, and hold it at arm's length as it continued to flail? Not a pretty memory, but the subsequent fried chicken suppers on a knoll over western Iowa farm country had mercifully supplanted that ugly vision.
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  • Dirty Deeds

    The trials and rewards of a landscape professional
  • Green Hibernation

    Plant dormancy and winter greenery traditions
  • Garden Gift Giving

    My true love gave to me: a gas mask and a bottle of wine
  • Digging for Spring Color

    Tulipmania and other psychosocial substrates
      Just as the plant material of the desert is foreign to the acidic conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest, so might tulips be to Boise had Jonny Appleseed not enticed settlers ever further west with hard apple cider.
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  • Lessons Learned

    A time for pride and humility
      In the month of May, I tell smug, self-satisfied, big-headed gardeners whose plants look like a billion dollars (a million isn't what it used to be) that every suffering, sick, misplaced, starving, abused, infected and infested shrub, grass, tree or perennial looks grand in that period of moist soil and mild days. How did those guys look by mid-August? Some not so great, perhaps.
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  • Don't Say Bush

    Latin lessons in hortspeak
      Would it have ended better had Latin class preceded geometry? Doubtful. In one sorry semester, I declined from an A+ dedicated and disciplined student to an unfocused, inattentive and disorderly underachiever who couldn't have anticipated a twilight curiosity about arithmetic and dead languages.
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  • On Edge

    Life in the garden
      Punishment isn't always swift or certain, but it would seem that breaking self-imposed dress code rules incurs the immediate wrath of the big foreman in the sky.
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  • And the Oscar Goes to

    ... the melodramatic weeping spruce
      At a recent horticultural symposium, I was privileged to view images and hear a description of the creative process as practiced by a robed Zen landscape designer.
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  • Ask An Arborist

    What IT geeks are to computers, certified arborists are to trees
      Boise Weekly asked me to write about certified arborists and I am proud to say that I am one. My GPA is admirable, but the CA's test is among the most difficult I've taken.
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  • Rhythm and Blues

    Reinventing gardening through musical metaphors
      The basic elements of landscape design are similar to other types of design or composition. We can compose a landscape design by imagining the notes on sheet music.
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