News & Landscaping Events
As of February 2012, Colleen Miko will no longer be offering landscape design
and consultation services in the course of her business “Colleen’s”. Colleen
will instead be focusing her efforts exclusively on garden writing and speaking.
In addition to running her own business, she also holds the full time
Horticulture Educator position with WSU Kitsap Extension. As coordinator of the
WSU Kitsap Master Gardener Program and co-coordinator of the Rain Garden Mentor
volunteer program for WSU Kitsap Extension since January 2011, Colleen has
welcomed the transition from consultation and design to horticultural education.
Colleen says of the recent business change:
“While I miss the interaction with the stellar design clients I have had over
the years, this new focus on education and leading volunteers is refreshing. I’m
learning a tremendous amount and meeting all sorts of dedicated and
knowledgeable gardeners. Garden writing and horticultural presentations provide
a different kind of creative outlet than design, but writing my blog VERDURE,
freelance features for magazines and sharing my photographs and ideas with
audiences is very fulfilling.”
Coming soon: ColleenMiko.com will be updated to reflect the change in services
Verdure, Colleen’s blog at www.colleenmiko.wordpress.com
features musings on plants, design, books and all things garden related, in
addition to topics of personal interest such as insects, crafts, vintage home
décor and green living.
Colleen thanks all the WestSound Home &
Garden Magazine readers that selected her for the “Best Horticulturist” 2012
Award for the Best of West Sound 2012 readers poll.
Colleen is serving as Chair for the Horticulture Advisory Board for South
Kitsap Career & Technical Education for the 2011-2012 school year.
Build a Better Bat House is Colleen’s current article in the
Spring Issue of WestSound Home & Garden Magazine. The instructions, diagrams and
photographs in this article can help you build a “Rocket” style of bat house
recommended by local non-profit Bats Northwest, Inc. This edition is on the
newsstand until June 1, 2012.
The Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State’s newsletter “Seeds of
Thought” will feature an article by Colleen in the May issue. The Foundation’s
The summer issue of WestSound Home & Garden Magazine will include two
articles by Colleen Miko: Classy Plant Favorites—a snapshot of
seven great garden plants recommended by local horticulture professionals and
Step by Step: Make your Own Unique Stepping Stones. With the help of
Louise Martin, Port Orchard mosaic artist, Colleen walks you through how to make
your own steppers using stained glass mosaic techniques.