The Evergreen Collection: Exceptional Stories from Across Washington State (Paperback)

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By Larry Clark (Editor), Adriana Janovich (Editor)

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The Evergreen Collection: Exceptional Stories from Across Washington State is a collection of stories that have appeared in Washington State Magazine, the official magazine of Washington State University.

Collected and edited by the magazine’s editors, Larry Clark and Adriana Janovich, the stories are arranged geographically and highlight the state’s people, places and products that are uniquely “Washington State.”

We live in an exceptional place. I’ve always been struck by the vast diversity of Washington. As many corners as I have explored, there are many more to go! It’s impressive to realize that the majesty of the Olympic peninsula, the bustle of Puget Sound, the imposing Cascades, and the sweeping valleys and basins of Eastern Washington all exist within the same geographic boundary. Truly, we are blessed with an exceptionally diverse state, one we should be proud to call home.

Different stories in this collection will speak to different people. I personally enjoyed the articles on the development of the Rainier cherry and WA 38, also known as the Cosmic Crisp apple.

Washington State University grads will of course be drawn to stories on the development of Cougar Gold and the infamous State Route 26, which carries thousands of Cougs from across the state into Pullman. Yakima residents can read up on Hanford and Chief Kamiakin. Finally, westsiders will find interest in the many stories located in and around Puget Sound.

There is a story for everyone in the The Evergreen Collection. It is a wonderful assemblage of journalism celebrating our great state and a worthy addition to your own collection.

— J.T. Menard


While working for Washington State Magazine, eleven journalists traveled throughout the region to interview farmers, chefs, wine tasters, mountain climbers, scientists, and more. The resulting stories highlight the Evergreen State's captivating people, industries, and history, describing influential programs, cities from Aberdeen to Zillah, and a wide variety of trends, research, and innovative solutions.

The writers introduce the people who keep the largest ferry system in the country running, examine the most deadly pathogen ever recorded, and reveal the secret ingredient that makes Cougar Gold cheese possible. They also cover creating the Cosmic Crisp, producing Skagit Valley tulips, how soil composition impacts the taste of wine, and the fickle business of growing cherries. Additional accounts chronicle art and the Makah canoe, significant architecture, the advent of Master Gardeners, a stash of Mount St. Helens ash, challenges related to ocean life, and much more. Featured pieces include favorites from Eric Apalategui, Pat Caraher, Brian Charles Clark, Adriana Janovich, Ken Olson, Rebecca Phillips, Eric Sorenson, Tim Steury, Hannalore Sudermann, Andrea Vogt, and Dave Wasson.

Gathered from thousands of pieces published in Washington State Magazine across two decades, The Evergreen Collection celebrates the state's vast diversity and the impressive accomplishments of those who call it home.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780874224238
ISBN-10: 0874224233
Publisher: Washington State University Press
Publication Date: November 30th, 2023
Pages: 290
Language: English