Seminar Spotlight – Entertaining Edible Gardening

Seminar Spotlight – Entertaining Edible Gardening

Graham Kerr has discovered edible gardening and shares his trials and tribulations in "My First Ever Kitchen Garden!" on Saturday at the show.

Graham Kerr – Author, TV Star & former ‘Galloping Gourmet’
Graham Kerr is an internationally known culinary and television personality. He has aired over 1,800 programs with broadcasts in the US, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Asia, Africa, the United Kingdom and Europe. One of his first shows, ‘The Galloping Gourmet,’ brought the art of creative cooking alive to countless television audiences from 1969 – 1971 and made Graham Kerr a household name. He has written over 25 books, with 14 million copies sold. His latest book, Growing at the Speed of Life, will be published in 2011 by Penguin Corp. From January 1996 through April 2000, Graham was an Editor at Large for Cooking Light, the world’s most widely circulated Epicurean magazine with a readership of 5.7 million. He has received many awards, including the Julia Child Cookbook Award, the James Beard Award, two Emmy nominations for most outstanding daytime programming and induction into the American Culinary Hall of Fame.

My First Ever Kitchen Garden!
The Former ‘Galloping Gourmet’ Embraces Edible Gardening
Saturday, February 26 at 11:15 am in the Rainier Room
As the former “Galloping Gourmet” on television Graham Kerr had cooked just about everything edible there was to cook. But he had never actually grown anything he ever cooked. Now a Washington resident, for the past year he has taken on growing his first kitchen garden and it has been a mind-changing experience! Food has never tasted so good and the effort has never been so rewarding. Join Graham as he recounts his conversion to growing his own delicious, nutritious produce.

Subaru Presents THE GARDEN SHOW: Incredible Edibles
The Best in Edible Gardening from Five Incredible Experts
Saturday, February 26 at 3:30 pm in the Rainier Room
Join us for something completely new on the seminar stages as five gardening luminaries get together to talk about the growing trend of edible gardening. This is a totally spontaneous and ad-libbed conversation hosted by Lorene Edwards Forkner, popular lecturer and author of Growing Your Own Vegetables, along with guest stars Joe Lamp’l, host of “Growing a Greener World,” Graham Kerr, the Emmy Award winning TV personality formerly known as “Galloping Gourmet;” Willi Evans Galloway, creator of DigginFood.com; and Teresa O’Connor, co-author of Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing & Preserving Fresh Food. It’s sure to be an hour of mouthwatering and illuminating conversation!

 

Jessica Bloom will show you how to pack loads of great edible ideas into a small garden in her seminar "How to Have Your Garden & Eat it Too."

Jessica Bloom – Owner & designer, NW Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes
Jessi Bloom is the owner and lead designer of N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, along with being a Certified Professional Horticulturalist (CPH) and an ISA Certified Arborist.  In 2008 her business won the Governor’s Award for Sustainable Practices from the Department of Ecology, and the WSNLA Environmental Excellence Award. Jessi has designed and built popular gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, winning Gold medals and several magazine awards.  She is the co-author of The Wetland Handbook: A Community Guide to Growing Native Plants (King Conservation District, 1998).She just finished writing a gardening book about chickens titled Free Range Gardens that will be published in the fall of 2011 by Timber Press. Website: http://nwf.gs/ga5AGM

How to Have Your Garden & Eat it Too
Design Strategies to Maximize Space, Function & Resources
Friday, February 25 at 5:15 pm in the Rainier Room
Designer Jessica Bloom’s 2010 award-winning show garden, “A Family’s Little Farm in the City,” demonstrated how to maximize the potential of a small urban space to provide food and play for a family.  Her inspiring “urban homestead” won seven major awards at the show, Including the People’s Choice Award, for its creative use of space and inventive ways to include chickens, goats, edible landscaping, conservation, outdoor living and much more.  Now she shares her design strategies so you too can create a garden that helps you live sustainable – and beautifully – in the city or a small suburban plot.  Think you can’t have it all in a small space? Think again! Jessica shows you how to set priorities and squeeze it all in so you can have your own little farm, no matter where you live.

What the Cluck?!
How to Share Your Garden with Chickens
Saturday, February 26 at 5:00 pm in the Rainier Room
Believe it or not – chickens can be trained, just like other pets. Jessica Bloom, designer the 2010 show garden, “A Family’s Little Farm in the City,” winner of the People’s Choice Award along with 5 other awards, teaches you how to share your own garden with your feathered egg-producing friends. Learn how to create a garden that integrates chickens and utilizes their many strengths which are beneficial to gardeners.

 

Who wants lawn when you can have "The Edible Front Yard" with colors like these? Ivette Solar shows you how in her Friday seminar.

Ivette Soler – Designer & author, The Edible Front Yard
Ivette Soler is a Los Angeles-based landscape designer and the author of The Edible Front Yard, to be released by Timber Press in spring, 2011. Her work has appeared in Metropolitan Home, Garden Design, Sunset Magazine, Domino, Cottage Living, and others. She made five appearances on the Bonnie Hunt show on NBC as the “Garden Expert” and has done Nest in Style podcasts. A long-time garden writer, her articles have been published in Garden Design, Cottage Living, Budget Living, Real Simple, Fine Gardening, and she was Domino magazine’s resident Garden Blogger for the entire life of the magazine. Her blogs can now be found at http://nwf.gs/fxTbeP.

The Edible Front Yard
Creating Curb Appeal with Easy Care Food!
Friday, February 25 at 4:30 pm in the Hood Room
The front lawn is usually where the sun shines brightest, and it is a perfect place to plant edibles! The goal is to reduce the amount of thirsty lawn and start planting things that give us something important in return – edible plants that not only look great to the eye are also tasty, nourishing, and organic. The edible front yard is a very specific space, because we need it to grow our food and look GREAT while doing it. All issues will be addressed, from inspiration to preparation, from hardscape design to plant design, as well as maintaining and harvesting. The edible front yard is full of herbs, edible flowers, fruit trees, and vegetables – and they are integrated with ornamental plants to create a garden that easily goes from season to season as full of beauty as it is full of bounty!

 

Author Lisa Taylor knows the secrets to the "Edible Urban Oasis" and shares them Sunday in her seminar.

Lisa Taylor – Seattle Tilth Education Program Manager
Lisa Taylor is Education Program Manager for Seattle Tilth. She spends most days growing and eating plants with children. She is the author of Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals, to be published by Black Dog & Leventhal in spring 2011.  She is the co-author of the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide and a frequent speaker of soils, compost and children’s gardening. She is passionate about teaching children and their parents where their food comes from and how to care for living things. She teaches dozens of adults each year in techniques for working with children on the garden and facilitates trainings for teachers and others interested in schoolyard gardening. For Lisa, eating is the main reason for growing plants! Website: http://nwf.gs/fzJYHj.

Edible Urban Oasis
Creating Your Own Little Farm in the City
Sunday, February 27 at 1:30 pm in the Hood Room
Imagine your front yard with herbs and blueberries, grape vines growing over the carport, garden beds bursting with salad greens, a sunflower fence, and an herb spiral filled with vegetables. Maybe your back yard has a vegetable garden, a chicken coop and a bee hive tucked in the corner. In place of blocks of cement or patchy grass is an abundant, productive landscape that provides good food and healthy activities for you and your family. Visualize a place where you can go out and pick your dinner just moments before it comes into the kitchen. This is the dream of city farming. Learn how to turn your city lot into a thriving farm with Lisa Taylor from Seattle Tilth.

 

"Grow. Cook. Eat." is Willi Evans Galloway's motto. What more do you need? She shows you how to "Love Your Vegetables" on Wednesday, and grow "Salad to Go" on Friday at the show.

Willi Evans Galloway – Creator, www.digginfood.com
Willi Galloway is an award-winning writer and radio commentator and the creator of DigginFood, a popular gardening and cooking blog that serves up organic vegetable gardening advice, DIY projects, and seasonal recipes several times each week. Each Tuesday morning, Willi offers vegetable gardening advice (along with fellow gardeners Marty Wingate and Greg Rabourn) on the popular KUOW 94.9 call-in show, Greendays. She is at work on her first book—a food lover’s guide to vegetable gardening that will be published Sasquatch Books in January 2012. This past summer she filmed ‘Grow. Cook. Eat.’, an online garden to table cooking show. She also teaches a joint gardening and cooking class with chef Matthew Dillon at the Corson Building in Georgetown.  Website: http://nwf.gs/binZ9b.

Love Your Vegetables!
The Best Vegetables Varieties for NW Gardens
Wednesday, February 23 at 9:30 am in the Hood Room
The secret to growing delicious vegetables is choosing tasty varieties that thrive in our temperate climate. In this photo-filled show, Willi reveals the best vegetable varieties for the Pacific Northwest and hints on how to grow them. You’ll discover ‘Erbette’ a beautiful Swiss chard that tastes like spinach, ‘Satsuki Madori’, a rare Asian cucumber with a distinct melon flavor, and ‘Forellenschluss’, a gorgeous, long-lasting heirloom romaine, plus many more vegetable varieties that deserve a spot in your kitchen garden.

Salad to Go
Edible Gardening for the Small-Space Garden
Friday, February 25 at 3:45 pm on the Smith & Hawken DIY Stage
Anyone with a sunny balcony can grow salad! All you need is a shallow container and some seed. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll follow along as Willi transforms a simple reclaimed wooden crate into a portable salad garden. Plus, she’ll discuss tips for growing greens, herbs, and other salad fixings in containers.

THE GARDEN SHOW: Incredible Edible Gardening
The Best in Edible Gardening from Five Incredible Experts
Saturday, February 26 at 3:30 pm in the Rainier Room
Join us for something completely new on the seminar stages as five gardening luminaries get together to talk about the growing trend of edible gardening. This is a totally spontaneous and ad-libbed conversation hosted by Lorene Edwards Forkner, popular lecturer and author of Growing Your Own Vegetables, along with guest stars Joe Lamp’l, host of “Growing a Greener World,” Graham Kerr, the Emmy Award winning TV personality formerly known as “Galloping Gourmet;” Willi Evans Galloway, creator of DigginFood.com; and Teresa O’Connor, co-author of Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing & Preserving Fresh Food. It’s sure to be an hour of mouthwatering and illuminating conversation!

 

Author Bill Thorness helps you extend the growing season for healthy fresh "Year-Round Edibles."

Bill Thorness – Author, Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden
Bill Thorness is a freelance garden writer and author of Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden (Skipstone Press, 2009).  His work has appeared in the Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and many other regional publications.  He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Garden Writers Association.  Website: http://nwf.gs/gCjvy6

Year-Round Edibles
All the Latest & Best Growing Techniques
Wednesday, February 23 at 4:30 pm in the Hood Room
Put on your Kozy Koat and warm up to the cool seasons. Whether it’s early spring, late fall or even winter, the kitchen garden can be producing a variety of delectable edibles. Expand your vegetable gardening year round and be serving up carrots on St. Patrick’s Day, peas at Thanksgiving, salad at the winter solstice and broccoli for Valentine’s Day. Along with insulated gloves, cool-season gardening requires a few specialized contraptions, different techniques and some extra planning. Learn what garden structures will protect your plants from cold, wet weather and how to build them; proper timing and planting techniques; and what grows well in our mild maritime winter.

 

Author & lifestyle editor Alexandra Hedin will share her secrets to "Easy Entertaining" and "Plant Now, Eat Later" with show audiences.

Alexandra Hedin – Author, Entertaining at Home & Style Editor, 425 Magazine
As the Lifestyle and Entertaining expert for ABC and FOX affiliates in Seattle and Portland, as the Style Editor for 425 Magazine and through contributions to Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, Alexandra Hedin has been able to share her love of food, design, and good living for the past five years. She is the author of Entertaining at Home: Inspiration, Recipes, and Crafts for Creating a Lovely Life, to be published by Sea Script Press in November 2010. She has a degree in Art History from the University of Washington, has lived in Rome and done graduate studies in the Italian Renaissance, and now lives a lovely life in Seattle with her growing little family. Follow her blogs and her website at http://nwf.gs/esNWrZ.

Plant Now, Eat Later
Recipes for the Fresh Flavors from the Garden
Friday, February 25 at 12:30 pm on the Smith & Hawken DIY Stage
Learn to cook some fabulous (and simple!) dishes using home-grown fruits and vegetables. Plant them in your own garden for an ornamental and practical summer garden. Then when you harvest, make some amazing recipes that highlight the fresh flavors of the garden.

Easy Entertaining
Guide for a Festive Brunch with Friends
Saturday, February 26 at 9:30 am on the Smith & Hawken DIY Stage
Learn how to host a simple brunch with friends with easy recipes, tips for creating a menu using edibles that are in season, how to make flower arrangements that are impressive and simple – using anything that’s in the garden – and how to monogram napkin rings for a personal touch on the table.

 

There's nothing better than fresh-picked herbs to flavor your cooking. Join author Lorene Edwards Forkner in "The Herbal Kitchen" and she's also hosting "Subaru Presents: The Garden Show: Incredible Edibles" on Saturday at the show.

Lorene Edwards Forkner – Writer, designer & author, Growing Your Own Vegetables
Freelance writer, visiting lecturer and sometimes garden designer, Lorene Edwards Forkner revels in the seasonal pleasures and broad scope of gardening life in the Pacific Northwest affords. Working from home and tending a small city garden provide Lorene with a living workshop and practical skills in her hands-on pursuit of color, textures, form and delicious flavor every day of the year. A designer’s eye for re-purposing objects and a keen sense of conservation and thrift infuse her every effort with personality, wit and sustainability. Lorene is the author of 3 books: Growing Your Own Vegetables, 2009; Canning & Preserving Your Own Harvest, summer 2009 – single subject titles which were drawn from material original to The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery; and Hortus Miscellaneous, 2007; all from Sasquatch Books. Her next book, Handmade Garden Style, will be published by Timber Press in summer, 2011. Website/blog: http://nwf.gs/hfoB5U.

The Herbal Kitchen
Brighten Your Meals With Flavorful Fresh Herbs
Wednesday, February 23 at 11:00 am on the Smith & Hawken DIY Stage
Homegrown herbs pack more flavor into every square foot of even the tiniest urban garden. Find out how to use them! From soothing hot teas to kicky cocktails, delicious compound butters and flavorful herb vinegars, herbal syrups, and pesto, Lorene will show you how fresh herbs brighten meals throughout the year. She will share container growing and design tips, plant profiles, and – yum! – recipes included.

THE GARDEN SHOW: Incredible Edible Gardening
The Best in Edible Gardening from Five Incredible Experts
Saturday, February 26 at 3:30 pm in the Rainier Room
Join us for something completely new on the seminar stages as five gardening luminaries get together to talk about the growing trend of edible gardening. This is a totally spontaneous and ad-libbed conversation hosted by Lorene Edwards Forkner, popular lecturer and author of Growing Your Own Vegetables, along with guest stars Joe Lamp’l, host of “Growing a Greener World,” Graham Kerr, the Emmy Award winning TV personality formerly known as “Galloping Gourmet;” Willi Evans Galloway, creator of DigginFood.com; and Teresa O’Connor, co-author of Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing & Preserving Fresh Food. It’s sure to be an hour of mouthwatering and illuminating conversation!

 

EcoConsumer Tom Watson tells you how to fill your family table with fresh produce from your own garden in his Sunday seminar, "The New Cornucopia."

Tom Watson – Seattle Times columnist & Manager, King County EcoConsumer program
As manager of the EcoConsumer program for King County Recycling and Environmental Services, Tom Watson does extensive public outreach on TV, radio and online.  He has written the EcoConsumer column for the Seattle Times since 2005 and appears regularly on the KOMO4 News and KOMO radio.  In addition to 20 years of experience in the waste prevention and recycling field, Tom also has a horticulture background.  In the 1970s through the early 1990s, Tom worked at nurseries and garden shops in Indiana, California and Washington, including Swansons Nursery in Seattle.  As an outlet for Tom’s combined environmental and gardening passions, Tom is a regular guest on “Gardening in the Northwest,” Scott Conner’s call-in radio show on Saturday mornings on KPTK-AM1090. Website and blog:  http://nwf.gs/gANSRN 

The New Cornucopia
Secrets of Urban Food Gardening
Sunday, February 27 at 4:45 pm in the Rainier Room
Urban food gardening has undergone a revolution in the Seattle area in the past couple of years. Front yards and parking strips are being filled with food crops. People with available land are turning it over to gardeners without land, to grow food. Extremely urban, weed-filled lots surrounded by concrete and asphalt are becoming food gardens. Vertical food gardening is on the rise. A growing number of folks are dedicating much of their veggie or fruit harvest, or doing fruit tree gleaning, specifically for food banks. Tom will share photos of his and other gardens, describe innovative approaches – and the day-to-day realities – of urban edibles gardening. Providing insights into both the challenges and rewards, Tom will highlight the green and social benefits of urban food gardening while engaging and involving the audience.

 

Enjoy beautiful, fresh produce like this asparagus and solve those pesky edible garden problems with Ed Hume's "Your Best, Bountiful Garden" on Saturday.

Ed Hume – Host, ‘Gardening in America’ & ‘Ask the Expert’
Ed Hume is a beloved figure in the gardening world both here and across America. For over 45 years he has been the host of “Gardening in America,” American’s longest running TV gardening show. He is in the Garden Writers Association Hall of Fame and the winner of the ‘Silver Circle’ award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. His books include Gardening with Ed Hume (Sasquatch, 2008), Northwest Gardening Made Easy (Sasquatch, 2003), and How to Plant a Bunch of Stuff (Serendipity Press, 1976). Over the years Ed has written for practically every gardening magazine – he wrote the chapter on Perennials for Sunset’s Northwest Gardening Book, and an article for Better Home & Gardens’ Almanac of growing giant pumpkins. He is also the Director of the Hume’s Education Garden, located in Puyallup, which includes 15 whimsical and educational garden areas, including the Quiz Garden; Blind Garden; Bird Garden; Flowering Plant area; Drought Garden; Native Plants; Herb Garden; Maze; Crazy Garden and more. This unique garden was designed just for children, but the adults insist it is an educational garden and of as much interest to adults as it is to children.  Website – http://nwf.gs/ggvldt

Your Best, Bountiful Harvest
Solving Vegetable Garden Problems Before They Happen
Saturday, February 26 at 6:15 pm in the Rainier Room
Do the top and roots of your veggie plants disappear overnight? Did your carefully sewn seeds all vanish? What garden gremlins too your plant labels? Or did your veggies go to seed too quickly before you could harvest them? Ed Hume helps take the frustration out of growing a healthy, productive vegetable garden. Many of today’s vegetable garden problems can be corrected before or at planting time, and he will show you the ways to correct them early in the season so that you can reap a bountiful harvest!

Seed Starting is Great Fun!
Tips and Tricks for Seed Starting Success
Sunday, February 27 at 11:15 am on the Smith & Hawken DIY Stage
Ed Hume’s name is synonymous with seeds, and he has some practical tips on easy ways to start seeds of annuals, perennials and vegetables. Plus he’ll be sharing the secrets to his success on when to start seeds, and how to start plants from cuttings.

 

No one knows more about fruit trees than nursery owner Sam Benowitz, and he shares the best varieties for NW gardens in his Sunday seminar.

Sam Benowitz – Owner, Raintree Nursery & fruit tree expert
As owner of Raintree Nursery, one of the largest fruit & berry nurseries for home gardeners, Sam Benowitz has been searching for and testing the best fruit varieties for the Pacific Northwest for more than 35 years. He is the founding president of the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation, and has been a fruit advisor for the Sunset Western Garden Book. He has appeared on HGTV as well as on Cisco Morris, Ed Hume, Peter Punzi and Scott Connor’s shows, and articles about Raintree Nursery’s unique and unusual fruits have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Organic Gardening and others. Visit the Raintree Nursery exhibit at booth # 2218. Website: www.raintreenursery.com

The Best Fruit Trees for Northwest Gardens
Discover the Ease of Growing Fruit-Bearing Trees
Sunday, February 27 at 4:15 pm in the Hood Room
Being able to grow your own fruit is a wonderful way to boost the value of your garden and provide delicious and healthy eating too! But which varieties do well in our Pacific Northwest soils and climate? Get the benefit of 40 years of testing and experience from Sam Benowitz and you’ll discover all the varieties you can grow, in containers and in the ground, from apples to plums to figs and many more.

2 Comments
  • Sam Benowitz
    Posted at 19:05h, 04 February Reply

    I’ve got alot of great photos of ripe fruit of the best varieties for our area in a power point format to share. I’ll share what I think are the varieties to choose that will be the most consistant ones to fruit for you.

    • Janet
      Posted at 11:04h, 07 February Reply

      Sounds great Sam! I know you spoke at the very first garden show! You’ve been sharing your fruit know-how for a long time! – Janet

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