Seminars

When you dig into our FREE seminars and demonstrations you’ll be inspired to turn your garden dreams into reality. Whether you’re a novice gardener, or a well-seasoned veteran, our expert Speakers show you how to create gracious outdoor living spaces and luscious, sustainable gardens perfect for your family.

Our seminars blend stunning visuals showcasing cutting-edge advice from garden designers, horticulturists and authors, as well as practical demonstrations of container gardening, pruning, and home décor from the garden — there’s something for everyone. See one seminar or see dozens! They’re all included in your ticket price, so drop in every day and discover something new.

Looking for a favorite Speaker? Use the search box on each schedule page to check out your must-see speakers, or scroll down the Speakers at a Glance page. Download our new Show Preview Guide (available in December) for a handy guide on all the seminars, or pick one up at a retail ticket outlet.

The full Seminar Schedule can be viewed online below.

Our free seminars are all conveniently located on Tahoma Level Three of The Conference Center with plenty of seating for everyone.

Please see the map below for the exact location on the show floor.

The official Show Preview Guide will soon be available to view online or download. This Preview Guide is an invaluable resource for all the hardcore attendees. It includes the full seminar schedule, by date and topic, as well as highlights of the features coming to the show.

Speaker Biographies

When viewing the Seminar Schedule, be sure to click on a speaker name to read a full bio and a description of their seminar.

Seminar Descriptions

To read a short synopsis of all our seminars, please click here.

Speaker Handouts

Speaker handouts for the 2017 NWFGS Seminar Series will be posted the evening of the seminar (after 9pm). If you miss one of our great seminars, and the speaker provided a handout, just click on the seminar title to download the handout.

Only seminar titles with a blue newspaper icon by the time have a handout available for download. If you do not see a seminar title in blue, it means that speaker didn’t have a handout for that seminar.

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2017 Seminar Schedule

Click on a day below or use the search function above to view this year’s schedule.

Our Seminar Schedule is sorted by date, then by room and time. You may also scroll down to view the full schedule. Want to find specific topics? Use our Seminars by Categories pages to find the seminars just right for you.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am
  • Sheila Brady — 2017 Show Judge, Principal / Vice President, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates

11:45 am
 

Creating a Low-Mow, High-Life Meadow in the Pacific Northwest

  • Dan Hinkley — Plantsman, author, plant collector, lecturer
1:00 pm
2:15 pm (90)
GARDEN 101: Don’t Let Moving Scare the Plants Out of You!
  • Robin Haglund — Garden coach, speaker, writer and president, Garden Mentors® Inc.

Get Set: Making it Theirs and Making it Yours

  • Sue Goetz — Garden designer, owner of Creative Gardener and author of The Herb Lovers Spa Book

Now Grow! Planning and Dreaming About Your New Garden

  • Christina Salwitz — Blogger, PersonalGardenCoach.com and co-author, Fine Foliage and Gardening with Foliage First
4:30 pm
 

The $25 Victory Garden Challenge: Grow a Garden to Feed Your Family on $25 or less

  • Joe Lamp’l — 2017 Show Judge, Co-Producer and Host, “Growing a Greener World® TV”
5:45 pm
 

The Mason Bee Revolution: Preserving Our Food Supply One Garden at a Time

  • Dave Hunter — Founder and owner of Crown Bees and co-author, The Mason Bee Revolution
7:00 pm
 

Living Art: Planting for Architectural Interest

  • Mark Weathington — Director and Curator, JC Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am
11:15 am
12:30 pm
1:45 pm
3:00 pm

Better Together: Using Roses in the Landscape

4:15 pm
  • Linda Beutler — Curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection and author, Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis
5:30 pm

Evolving Gardens: Reimaging a World of Design Inspirations

6:45 pm

Eat Your Year: Month-by-Month Actions for Continuous Edibles

  • Bill Thorness — Author, Cool Season Gardener and Edible Heirlooms

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am
 

Creating Container Gardens with Japanese Maples

11:45 am
  • Shelley Levis — Horticulturist, blogger and radio host, SowandDipity.com
1:30 pm

Blooming Beauty: 10 Tips, Tricks and Ideas for the DIY Floral Designer

3:15 pm
 

Shop with a Pro: Nick’s Plant Picks from the Garden Show’s Plant Market

  • Nicholas Staddon — Horticulturist, former Director of New Plants for Monrovia Growers
5:00 pm
  • Cyndi Stuart — Owner/farmer at The Roost at Roddy Creek and author, Real Food from a Real Farm
6:45 pm
  • Mark Brody — Artist, art educator and author, Mosaic Garden Projects

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am
11:45 am
  • Sheila Brady — 2017 Show Judge, Principal / Vice President, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates

1:00 pm
  • Tracy DiSabato-Aust — Best-selling author, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden and The Well-Designed Mixed Garden
2:15 pm (90)
GARDEN 101: The Best Damn Garden Advice Ever
  • Robin Haglund — Garden coach, speaker, writer and president, Garden Mentors® Inc.
4:30 pm
 

From Sidewalk to Treetop: Maximizing Space in the Garden

  • Lucy Hardiman — Educator, garden writer and designer, Perennial Partners

5:45 pm
  • Debbie Teashon — Co-author, Gardening for the Homebrewer and blogger, Rainyside.com
7:00 pm
  • Jackie Kramer — Floral photographer and instructor based in Alaska and Florida

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am
11:15 am
  • Lee Reich, PhD — Syndicated columnist and author, Grow Fruit Naturally and Landscaping with Fruit
12:30 pm

Fresh Eggs Daily: Gardening with Chickens

  • Lisa Steele — Blogger, FreshEggsDaily.com and best-selling author, Fresh Eggs Daily and Gardening with Chickens

1:45 pm
3:00 pm

Redefining Right Plant/Right Place: A Gardener’s Ecology

4:15 pm
5:30 pm
  • Robin Stockwell — Former owner, Succulent Garden Nursery and author, Succulents: The Ultimate Guide
6:45 pm
  • Kristin Crouch — Blogger, ThatBloominGarden.com and Vancouver, BC Master Gardener

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am
  • Mark Brody — Artist, art educator and author, Mosaic Garden Projects
11:45 am
 

The Art of Pruning Japanese Maples

  • Barry Hoffer — Arborist and owner, Maples for All Seasons
1:30 pm
  • Sue Goetz — Garden designer, owner of Creative Gardener and author of The Herb Lovers Spa Book

3:15 pm
  • Shelley Levis — Horticulturist, blogger and radio host, SowandDipity.com
5:00 pm
  • Nicholas Staddon — Horticulturist, former Director of New Plants for Monrovia Growers
6:45 pm
 

Ikebana as a Healing Art

  • Nobuko Relnick — Instructor of Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Seattle

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am
  • Joe Lamp’l — 2017 Show Judge, Co-Producer and Host, “Growing a Greener World® TV”
11:45 am

The Art of Pruning Perennials – Revisited

  • Tracy DiSabato-Aust — Best-selling author, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden and The Well-Designed Mixed Garden
1:00 pm
 

Building Bodacious Borders: The Art of Making Plant Combinations

  • Lucy Hardiman — Educator, garden writer and designer, Perennial Partners

2:15 pm (90)
GARDEN 101: Paradise Paved – Restoring Vital Habitat for Wildlife

Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Gardens with Birds

  • Dr. John Marzluff — UW Professor of Wildlife Science and author, Welcome to Subirdia
  • Eileen M. Stark — Landscape designer, Second Nature Garden Design, photographer and author, Real Gardens Grow Natives

Must-Have Plants for Habitat Support

  • Richie Steffen — Curator, Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden and co-author, Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns
4:30 pm
  • Lisa Steele — Blogger, FreshEggsDaily.com and best-selling author, Fresh Eggs Daily and Gardening with Chickens

5:45 pm

Fungus Among Us: Teaming with Mycorrhizal Fungi!

  • Jeff Lowenfels — Columnist and best-selling author, Teaming with Microbes and Teaming with Fungi
7:00 pm

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am
11:15 am
  • Lee Reich, PhD — Syndicated columnist and author, Grow Fruit Naturally and Landscaping with Fruit
12:30 pm
1:45 pm

Growing Gorgeous Succulents in the Northwest

  • Robin Stockwell — Former owner, Succulent Garden Nursery and author, Succulents: The Ultimate Guide
3:00 pm
  • Toni Gattone — Master Gardener and owner, Toni Gattone & Associates
4:15 pm

A Fresh Approach to Creating a Beautiful and Edible Garden

  • Stefani Bittner — Co-owner, Homestead Design Collective and co-author, Harvest

5:30 pm

Designing a Show Stopping Rain Garden

  • Zsofia Pasztor — Founder and Executive Director, Farmer Frog and author, Rain Gardens for the Pacific NW
6:45 pm
  • Susan Calhoun — Designer and Principle, Plantswoman Design and 2017 NWFGS Garden Creator

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am
 

The Bees and the Birds: Gardening for Orchard Mason Bees and Backyard Birds

11:45 am
  • Becky Sell — Owner, Sedum Chicks, Salem, Oregon
1:30 pm
3:15 pm
  • Stephanie Rose — Blogger, GardenTherapy.ca and author, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects 
5:00 pm
  • Christina PfeifferHorticulturist, arborist and co-author, Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening

6:45 pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am
11:45 am

The Learning Curve: An Interview with Tom Douglas and Jackie Cross on Prosser Farm

  • Tom Douglas & Jackie Cross — Award-winning Seattle restaurant team, chef, author, radio host and organic farmers, Prosser Farm
1:00 pm

How to Do What You Love: Living with Arthritis as a Gardener

  • Shawna Coronado — Green Lifestyle Influencer, author, 101 Organic Garden Hacks and Grow a Living Wall
2:15 pm (90)
GARDEN 101: Grow Gorgeous Roses

Grow Disease-Free Easy Care Roses in the Northwest

  • Elena Williams — ARS Master Rosarian and president, Kitsap County Rose Society
  • Paul Zimmerman — Consulting Rosarian, director, Biltmore International Rose trials and author, Everyday Roses
4:30 pm

True Confessions: Stories from the Garden

  • Ciscoe Morris — Radio, TV host, columnist, gardening celebrity and author, Ask Ciscoe
5:45 pm

Good Bugs vs Bad Bugs: Maximizing Safe, Beneficial Pest Control in Your Garden

  • Eric Lee-Mäder — Pollinator Conservation Co-Director, Xerces Society and co-author, Gardening for Butterflies 

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am
 

The Building Blocks of Successful Planting Design

  • Darcy Daniels — Designer and owner, Bloomtown Gardens and founder, eGardenGo
    Book signing Thursday at 12:00am
11:15 am
  • Toni Gattone — Master Gardener and owner, Toni Gattone & Associates
12:30 pm

How to Design Bee-Friendly Flower Gardens

  • Kate Frey — Designer and ecological gardening educator and co-author, The Bee-Friendly Garden
1:45 pm

More Than Raised Beds: Designing the New Kitchen Garden

  • Jennifer Bartley — Principal landscape architect, American Potager® and author, The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook 
3:00 pm
4:15 pm

Harvest! A Seasonal Guide to Your Most Beautiful and Productive Garden Ever

5:30 pm
  • Ellen Zachos — Horticulturist, educator and author, Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail
6:45 pm
  • David Mizejewski — Naturalist with National Wildlife Federation and author, Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am
  • Becky Sell — Owner, Sedum Chicks, Salem, Oregon
11:45 am
1:30 pm

Crafting Your Own Handmade Seed Paper

  • Stephanie Rose — Blogger, GardenTherapy.ca and author, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects 
3:15 pm
5:00 pm
6:45 pm
  • Charlie Nardozzi — Radio and TV host and author, Foodscaping and Urban Gardening for Dummies

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am

Getting Vertical: Grow Dozens of Organic Plants in Only 2 Square Feet!

  • Shawna Coronado — Green Lifestyle Influencer, author, 101 Organic Garden Hacks and Grow a Living Wall
11:45 am
1:00 pm

Top 10 Homesteading Hacks for Beginners

  • Jessica Bloom — Owner, NW Bloom, author, Free-Range Chicken Gardens and co-author, Practical Permaculture Design
2:15 pm
Garden 101: Gardening for Pollinators

Making Your Garden Bee-Friendly

  • Kate Frey — Designer and ecological gardening educator and co-author, The Bee-Friendly Garden

Native Pollinators and the Plants They Need

  • Eric Lee-Mäder — Pollinator Conservation Co-Director, Xerces Society and co-author, Gardening for Butterflies 
  • David Mizejewski — Naturalist with National Wildlife Federation and author, Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife
4:30 pm
  • Christina PfeifferHorticulturist, arborist and co-author, Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am
  • Ellen Zachos — Horticulturist, educator and author, Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail
11:15 am
 

Honing In on the Best Plants for Your Garden

  • Darcy Daniels — Designer and owner, Bloomtown Gardens and founder, eGardenGo
    Book signing Thursday at 12:00am
12:30 pm

The Down and Dirty: Soil Building Secrets for Greener Gardens and Farms

  • Elizabeth Murphy — Soil scientist and author, Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach
1:45 pm

Edibles in the Mixed Border

  • Jennifer Bartley — Principal landscape architect, American Potager® and author, The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook 
3:00 pm
  • Colin McCrate — Co-owner, Seattle Urban Farm Co and co-author, High-Yield Garden Planner
4:15 pm

Great Plant Picks: Bright Ideas for Shade

  • Richie Steffen — Curator, Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden and co-author, Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am
  • Paul Zimmerman — Consulting Rosarian, director, Biltmore International Rose trials and author, Everyday Roses
11:45 am
  • Charlie Nardozzi — Radio and TV host and author, Foodscaping and Urban Gardening for Dummies
1:30 pm
3:15 pm
  • Karen Chapman — Designer, Le Jardinet, and co-author, Fine Foliage and Gardening with Foliage First
5:00 pm

Build a Pallet Planter Box for Food or Habitat Plants

How do I get there?

All three seminar rooms are located in the state-of-the-art Conference Center on Tahoma Level Three. 

To get there, cross the SkyBridge into the North Hall. Turn right and go down any aisle towards the large Seminar banners you’ll see hanging from the ceiling. Take the escalator or elevator down one level to The Conference Center.

The Rainier Room, Hood Room, DIY Stage and Book Signing Station are all conveniently located in one area. Restrooms are available behind the escalators. 

To return to the rest of the show, just go back up the escalator or elevator.

You can enjoy unlimited seminar viewing for free every day of the show without waiting in any lines.

NOTE: Speaker schedule subject to change at anytime. No refunds. Please visit us at gardenshow.com/seminars for the most current seminar schedule and speaker biographies.

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