Garden Show Seminars – So Many Choices, So Little Time …

Garden Show Seminars – So Many Choices, So Little Time …

During the chilly winter months, I spend a lot less time doing the garden thang and more time reading, thinking, planning and dreaming about what I’m gonna do come spring.

So in that vein, I’ve been appraising my garden and ruminating over the changes I’ll make this coming year.

Northwest Native - Ribes sanguineumAfter reading Douglas Tallamy’s book, Bringing Nature Home, I’ve re-dedicated myself to including native plants in my garden whenever possible. And as I said last week, I want to include more edibles in my garden too, although I’ve found I’ve got a lot to learn about growing food. Sure, we had a large vegetable garden when I was a child, but I was commissioned strictly as day labor: worker-bee slash weeder vs. brains behind the operation.

So as I mull over plants to remove, replace, or add to my garden, plants with food value and/or native plants that contribute habitat will get first crack. Space is tight; like many of you, I have a small urban plot and more ideas than room, so I’m constantly looking for ideas to help me make the most of what I have.

Well, lucky me! There are tons of seminars at the upcoming Northwest Flower & Garden Show that I’m sure will provide the help and inspiration I need. The show has one the most extensive offerings of horticultural seminars in the Northwest — a few of the many offerings that I’m most excited about are listed below. Of course, there’s a lot more offerings to choose from. Gosh darn it all, I can only be in one place at a time. Harrumph.

Seminars with an edible bent:

Monrovia Presents: Incredible Edibles with Ruth Estrada
Mixing Plants for Sustainability & Beauty
Weds & Thurs Feb 20th & 21st at 11 am and Fri, Feb 22nd at 12:45 pm

Espaliered Fruit Trees with Kristan Johnson
Growing Valuable Trees in Small Spaces
Weds, Feb 20th at 6:45 pm

Oh, Grow Up! with Willi Evans Galloway
Growing Vegetables Vertically
Fri, Feb 22nd at 2:15 pm

Growing Fruit & Berries in Containers with Sam Benowitz
Top Tips for Productive Container Gardening
Sun, Feb 24th at 1:45 pm

Seminars emphasizing earth-friendly sustainable gardening practices:

Garden Rehab with Linda Chalker-Scott
12-Step Program to Sustainable Landscapes
Sat, Feb 23rd at 4:45 pm

The Basics of Gardening ‘Green’ with Karen Platt
Manage Your Garden & Preserve the Earth
Sat, Feb 23rd at 5:45 pm

Environmentally Friendly Landscaping with Melinda Myers
Low Maintenance Garden Design
Sun, Feb 24th at 11:30 am

The Future is ‘Green’ with EagleSong
Tips & Techniques for Gardening Organically
Sun, Feb 24th at 4:30 pm

Seminar at Northwest Flower & Garden Show

A full listing of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show seminars will be posted on the website soon.

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