For more than two decades, starting in the early 1990s, Madeleine Wilde’s column, “Notes from the Garden,” appeared in the Queen Anne and Magnolia News. Several times over those years, then-publisher Mike Dillon urged Wilde to gather her columns into a book manuscript and send it out to prospective publishers.

In February 2018, two weeks before her death at 74 from a rare form of lymphoma, Wilde asked Dillon if he would take up the task. The two had remained friends after Dillon’s retirement in 2013.

Her book, “Notes from the Garden: Creating a Pacific Northwest Sanctuary,” was published by Chatwin Books in Seattle in October of this year.

“Madeleine was a delightful, engaging writer,” Dillon said in a press release. “Her columns felt like she opened her garden gate just for you. Her prose moved between hands-on, practical advice and more lyrical meditations.”

In his introduction, Dillon provides a brief biography of the author and recounts how the book came about. Wilde’s husband, David Streatfield, professor emeritus in the department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, wrote the foreword. “Notes” is illustrated by architect Mark Hinshaw, former architectural critic for The Seattle Times and Crosscut.

Wilde wrote from her home on Queen Anne’s south slope, where she and her husband had lived since 1986. She had served on the Queen Anne Community Council, the Pike Place Market Historical Commission and the Northwest Horticultural Society Board. In her later years Wilde was a committed volunteer for the Ballard Food Bank.

“It’s deeply satisfying to achieve Madeleine’s dream,” Dillon said in the announcement. “ She was a great believer in the written word, and the importance of books in our lives. This is a beautifully made collection.”

“Notes from the Garden: Creating a Pacific Northwest Sanctuary,” by Madeleine Wilde. Edited by Mike Dillon. Chatwin Books, Seattle. 231 pages. $17. Available through Chatwin Books at and through local bookstores.