Live Life Local: Oh, La La! Home Grown Stories, Helpful Tips, and Garden Wisdom

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Welcome to “Live Life Local”—where we celebrate the books and authors who are rooted in our beautiful, diverse region, helping you connect with it in new and exciting ways. Each “Live Life Local” feature (we do two a month) will also include a chance to win a copy of the book and a gift to a local business!

This month our second pick is Oh, La La!: Homegrown Stories, Helpful Tips, and Garden Wisdom by Ciscoe Morris because May is for moms and we know a lot of moms who love to garden. The weather is perfect for sprucing up the backyard (or wherever you plant and prune), and who better to accompany you on your green adventures than PNW gardening treasure Ciscoe? Find out how this special book came to be, as Sasquatch Executive Editor Susan Roxborough shares her own special story about Ciscoe.

Enter our giveaway to win our book bundle, a copy of Oh, La La! and Ask Ciscoe, and a $50 gift card to Swansons Nursery (“Seattle’s Favorite Garden Store since 1924”). To enter, head over to our Facebook or Instagram page @sasquatchbooks and tag a friend! Stay tuned for our June “Live Life Local” feature in a couple of weeks. (Hint: We’ll be celebrating another special family member.)

Sasquatch Executive Editor (and Mom) Susan Roxborough: “Why I ‘Love the Living Tweedle’ Out of Ciscoe and How This Second Book Was Born”

Dear Reader,

Hi, I’m Susan, an editor at Sasquatch Books. I’m often focused on bringing cookbooks to readers, but occasionally I sharpen my pencil and put it to work on other kinds of books. I recently had the pleasure of working with popular gardener Ciscoe Morris on his new book, Oh, La La! Home Grown Stories, Helpful Tips, and Garden Wisdom.

Ciscoe is widely known and loved throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. His illustrious career has spanned decades, and while he is sought after for his gardening expertise, he is also known for his effervescence, warmth, and good humor. He “loves the living tweedle” out of most things, especially gardening, his dogs, his wife Mary, and traveling in France. (To learn the origin of his most famous expression—”Oh, la la!”—you’ll want to read the hilarious story on page 213.)

Oh, La La! by Ciscoe Morris
Ciscoe in his garden with his dogs.

Sasquatch published Ciscoe’s first book in 2006. Ask Ciscoe was a collection of gardening Q&A’s which is one of our best sellers. He and I first met back in 2013 to talk about a new book; he wanted to write a collection of gardening stories peppered with practical advice and tips. Well known for being a raconteur, I wouldn’t be surprised if fans come to his talks as much for the stories as the gardening advice, so I loved this idea. Soon he began sending charming stories about his dogs, including a 90-pound Lab he would try to sneak onto the Seattle University campus every day; tales of wildlife, insects, and his ongoing obsession with controlling pesky moles in his garden.

But then the stories stopped rolling in. By 2016, I was beginning to wonder if it would happen. In an email he explained, “I’m still most interested in finishing the book. As usual, my problem is that I’m so busy! I keep saying yes to leading garden tours and giving talks. The good news is I’m having the time of my life.” I had loved everything I’d read so I just crossed my fingers and waited. Two years passed before I received another email: “You probably fainted when you saw an email from me in your inbox! I want to finish that book of garden stories.” And he did. A book that was years in the making finally came together and was utterly worth the wait

Ciscoe Cover Images

Spring is here and if you have a garden to putter in, you’ll find plenty of usable information between the pages of this book. But Oh, La La! is also excellent armchair reading, especially during this time of sheltering-in-place. In fact, I’d say it’s ideal: stories to distract, stories to make you laugh out loud, and stories that teach a little along the way.

Happy reading,
Susan Roxborough

Oh, La La! and Ask Ciscoe Book Bundle + Swansons Nursery Gift Card Giveaway

To enter a giveaway to win a copy of Oh, La La! and Ask Ciscoe, as well as a $50 gift card to Swansons Nursery (Seattle’s Favorite Garden Store Since 1924), head over to our Instagram or Facebook page @sasquatchbooks and tag a friend!


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