Ann Candioto

Ann Candioto is a former high school art teacher and child therapist, who became a Master Gardener in 1984. She moved to Port Townsend in 2002 and now tends a large edible and ornamental garden a couple of hundred feet above windy Discovery Bay.

The Philosophical Gardener: Colorfully Contrary

There are the many small observations of life retreating underground to roots and our own retreating with them.  Then there are the many chores of raking, cutting back, and clearing the abundance of fallen and rotting vegetation.

The Philosophical Gardener: Salad Days

In the Northwest we can have salad and cooking greens all year round – it’s all a matter of timing.

Ode to the Glorious Strawberry

It is very important that you eat as many ripe strawberries as you can; there is cereal and dessert and then there is the best: random grazing. Unlike the poseurs, a ripe home-grown strawberry is not crispy and needn’t be chewed; usually you can simply crush one against the roof of your mouth with your tongue and quiver with delight.