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 will give you tips and techniques for creating gracious outdoor living spaces and luscious, sustainable gardens perfect for your family.

Our seminars blend stunning visuals enhancing cutting-edge advice from garden designers, horticulturists and authors, as well as practical demonstrations of container gardening, pruning, crafts from the garden and getting the most from your edible garden — there’s something for everyone. See one seminar or see dozens; they are 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 see when your favorite celebrity will be making an appearance, 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.

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The official Show Preview Guide is 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.

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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 2016 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 highlighted in blue 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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2016 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 17

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am
 

Who’s The Thriller? Bringing New “Wow” to Containers

  • Brian Minter — 2016 Show Judge, Co-owner and president, Minter Country Garden Store
11:45 am

One Hundred Plants That Almost Changed the World

  • Chris Beardshaw — 2016 Show Judge, U.K. designer, TV Host and author, 100 Plants That Almost Changed the World
1:00 pm

The Learning Curve: Becoming a Northwest Gardener

  • Tom Fischer — 2016 Show Judge, editor-in-chief, Timber Press and author, Perennial Companions
2:15 pm (90)
GARDEN 101: Garden Royalty

The Secret to Landscaping With Roses

  • Susan Fox — Consulting Rosarian and author, Four Seasons of Roses Monthly Guide to Rose Care

Introduction to Peonies

Cultivating the Rainbow with Bearded Iris

  • Kelly D. Norris — Director of Horticulture, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and author, Plants with Style
4:30 pm

Garden Made: Crafting in the Garden

  • Stephanie Rose — Blogger, GardenTherapy.ca and author, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and your Life
5:45 pm

In The Garden of His Imagination

  • David Perry — Professional photographer and owner, David Perry Photography

7:00 pm
 

Growing a Year-round Hummingbird Habitat Garden

  • Robin Haglund — Garden coach, speaker, writer and president, Garden Mentors® Inc.

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am

Too Many Zucchini: Professional Planting Calendars for Home Gardeners

  • Brad Halm — Co-owner, Seattle Urban Farm Co and co-author, High-Yield Garden Planner
11:15 am

Perma What?! Design Your Garden Oasis with Practical Permaculture

  • Jessica Bloom — Owner, NW Bloom Ecological Landscapes and co-author, Practical Permaculture Design
12:30 pm

How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do

  • Linda Chalker-Scott — WSU Asso. Professor and author, How Plants Work and The Informed Gardener

1:45 pm

Creating an Entertaining Garden: Outdoor Spaces for Connecting

  • Jenny Peterson — Author, The Cancer Survivor's Garden Companion and co-author, Indoor Plant Décor
3:00 pm

The Extraordinary Natural History of the Real Hundred Acre Wood

  • Kathryn Aalto — U.K. writer, designer and author, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh
4:15 pm
 

Plants with Purpose: Finding the Best Plants for the Job

  • Darcy Daniels — Designer and owner, Bloomtown Gardens and founder, eGardenGo
5:30 pm
 

Secrets of Garden Design: Solving Problems to Make a Great Garden

  • Phil Wood — Owner, Phil Wood Garden Design and 2016 NWFGS Garden Co-creator
6:45 pm
 

The Art of Gardening: Public and Private Masterpiece Gardens

  • Linda Larson — Author, A Traveling Gardener and blogger, travelinggardener.com

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am
 

Orchids: Learn to Grow a National Treasure

  • Joe Grienauer — Orchid expert and owner, Emerald City Orchids and 2016 NWFGS Garden Co-creator
11:45 am
 

The Art of Pruning Japanese Maples

1:30 pm

Beauty from Glass: Getting Started on 2D Mosaic Art

  • Mark Brody — Artist, art educator and author, Mosaic Garden Projects
3:15 pm

How to Grow, Harvest and Make Medicine from Your Garden

  • Dr. JJ Pursell — Naturopathic physician, owner, The Herb Shoppe and author, The Herbal Apothecary
5:00 pm

Small Garden, Big Impact: Container Garden Drama

  • Karen Chapman — Container garden designer, Le Jardinet, and co-author, Fine Foliage
6:45 pm
 

The Path Re-Traveled: Using Vintage Materials for Paths and Walkways

  • James Taylor — Lead Designer and master carpenter, Ballard Reuse

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am

Perennial Companions: Creating Winning Combinations Throughout the Gardening Year

  • Tom Fischer — 2016 Show Judge, editor-in-chief, Timber Press and author, Perennial Companions
11:45 am

Up, Up and Away in the Garden: Creating a Three Dimensional Garden

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

1:00 pm

The Natural Gardener: Lessons from the Landscape

  • Chris Beardshaw — 2016 Show Judge, U.K. designer, TV Host and author, 100 Plants That Almost Changed the World
2:15 pm (90)
Garden 101: Gardening for Serenity

Mindful Gardens

  • Jessica Bloom — Owner, NW Bloom Ecological Landscapes and co-author, Practical Permaculture Design

Outdoor Spaces that Rejuvenate, Heal and Ground

  • Jenny Peterson — Author, The Cancer Survivor's Garden Companion and co-author, Indoor Plant Décor

Ten Ways to Create Your Personal Oasis

  • Christina Salwitz — Owner and blogger, PersonalGardenCoach.com and co-author, Fine Foliage
4:30 pm

Chanticleer: The Art of Gardening

  • Dan Benarcik — Horticulturist at Chanticleer and co-author, The Art of Gardening: Chanticleer
5:45 pm

In Search of Useful Spaces

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

7:00 pm
 

A Global Journey: Remarkable Trees

  • Linda Larson — Author, A Traveling Gardener and blogger, travelinggardener.com

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am

The Beloved Hundred Acre Woods: The Natural World of Ashdown Forest

  • Kathryn Aalto — U.K. writer, designer and author, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh
11:15 am

Garden Made: Crafting in the Garden

  • Stephanie Rose — Blogger, GardenTherapy.ca and author, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and your Life
12:30 pm

Grow Your Own Vegetable Starts at Home

  • Colin McCrate — Co-owner, Seattle Urban Farm Co and co-author, High-Yield Garden Planner
1:45 pm

Plants with Style: Captivating Choices for a 21st Century Garden

  • Kelly D. Norris — Director of Horticulture, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and author, Plants with Style
3:00 pm
 

Choosing Plants: Do the Math to Solve Plant Puzzles

  • Darcy Daniels — Designer and owner, Bloomtown Gardens and founder, eGardenGo
4:15 pm
 

Designing Gardens with Peonies

5:30 pm

Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening

  • Jodi Torpey — Author, Blue-Ribbon Vegetable Gardening and editor, WesternGardeners.com
6:45 pm

Miniature Roses: Hot New Color Spots

  • Susan Fox — Consulting Rosarian and author, Four Seasons of Roses Monthly Guide to Rose Care

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am

Making Herbal Preparations from Your Garden

  • Dr. JJ Pursell — Naturopathic physician, owner, The Herb Shoppe and author, The Herbal Apothecary
11:45 am
 

Protecting Heirlooms: Get Started on Seed Saving

1:30 pm

Happy Together: Compatible Container Combos from Garden Show Shopping

  • Barbara Wise — Author, Container Gardening for All Seasons and blogger, bwisegardening.com
  • Nicholas Staddon — Horticulturalist and former Director of New Plants, Monrovia
3:15 pm

Beauty from Glass: Making 3D Mosaic Art

  • Mark Brody — Artist, art educator and author, Mosaic Garden Projects
5:00 pm
 

Lavender, The One Herb That Does It All

  • Shelley Levis — Horticulturist, blogger and radio host, SowandDippity.com
6:45 pm

Rooting Out Problems Before You Plant

  • Linda Chalker-Scott — WSU Asso. Professor and author, How Plants Work and The Informed Gardener

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am

Be a Garden Thief: Steal Ideas from Other Gardens

  • Ciscoe Morris — Radio, TV host, columnist, gardening celebrity and author, Ask Ciscoe
11:45 am

Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Gardens with Wildlife

  • Dr. John Marzluff — UW Professor of Wildlife Science and author, Welcome to Subirdia
1:00 pm

A Garden for All Seasons

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

2:15 pm (90)
GARDEN 101: Small Space Solutions

Plant Combos to Enliven the Small Garden

  • Alex LaVilla — Perennial Buyer for Swanson’s Nursery and designer, Gardenculture Design

Dream Gardens on Balconies, Patios and Decks

  • Dee Nash — Author, The 20/30-Something Garden Guide & blogger, RedDirtRamblings.com

Essential Perennials for Terraces and Small Spaces

  • Ruth Rogers Clausen — Garden writer and co-author, Essential Perennials and author, Dreamscaping
4:30 pm
 

The Art of Combination: Taking the Ordinary to the Extraordinary

  • Brian Minter — 2016 Show Judge, Co-owner and president, Minter Country Garden Store
5:45 pm

The Best Houseplants Ever!

7:00 pm
 

Adapting Old Gardens for New Times

  • Christina PfeifferHorticulturist, arborist and co-author, Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am

The Downsized Vegetable Garden: Growing Veggies in Small Places

  • Kate Copsey — Radio host and author, The Downsized Vegetable Garden
11:15 am

War and Peace: Using Companionable Rather Than Combative Plants

12:30 pm

Designing with Ferns: Versatility and Value from Fabulous Ferns

  • Richie Steffen — Curator, Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden and co-author, Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns
1:45 pm
 

Eat Locally Because You Can: Easy Canning for Gardeners

  • Theresa Loe — Co-Executive Producer, ‘Growing A Greener World’ and founder, LivingHomegrown.com
3:00 pm

Having it All: Beauty and Low Maintenance

  • Brenda C. Adams — Designer, garden educator and author, There’s a Moose in My Garden
4:15 pm

Design Principals of the Chanticleer Pros for Home Gardeners

  • Dan Benarcik — Horticulturist at Chanticleer and co-author, The Art of Gardening: Chanticleer
5:30 pm

Pruning Art or Pruning Atrocity?

  • Cass Turnbull — Founder, Plant Amnesty and author, Cass Turnbull’s Guide to Pruning
6:45 pm
 

Growing Clematis in Small Spaces

  • Laura Watson — Master Gardener, Master Pruner and 'Clemaniac'

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am
 

Beneficial Orchard Mason Bees: Our Northwest Native Pollinator

11:45 am

In a Pickle: Food Preservation in the Depths of Winter

  • Erica Strauss — Author, The Hands-On Home and blogger, nwedible.com
1:30 pm
 

Outdoor Décor on a Dime: Easy DIY Projects from Recycled Items

  • Shelley Levis — Horticulturist, blogger and radio host, SowandDippity.com
3:15 pm

A Dirty Dozen for Gardening on the Cheap

  • Jodi Torpey — Author, Blue-Ribbon Vegetable Gardening and editor, WesternGardeners.com
5:00 pm

Happy Together: Compatible Container Combos from Garden Show Shopping

  • Barbara Wise — Author, Container Gardening for All Seasons and blogger, bwisegardening.com
  • Nicholas Staddon — Horticulturalist and former Director of New Plants, Monrovia
6:45 pm
 

Top Tools for Your Garden Shed

  • Robin Haglund — Garden coach, speaker, writer and president, Garden Mentors® Inc.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am

A Shrub for Every Garden

  • Marty Wingate — Author, Landscaping for Privacy and The Potting Shed Mystery Series
11:45 am

The Cocktail Hour Garden: Evening Landscapes to Relax and Entertain

  • C.L. Fornari — Author, The Cocktail Hour Garden and Coffee for Roses
1:00 pm

Epic Tomatoes in Abundance: Varieties and Methods for Great Tomatoes

  • Craig LeHoullier — Author, Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales 
2:15 pm (90)
GARDEN 101: Protecting Vital Wildlife and Pollinators

Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Gardens with Birds

  • Dr. John Marzluff — UW Professor of Wildlife Science and author, Welcome to Subirdia

Saving Pollinators One Garden at a Time

  • David Mizejewski — Naturalist with National Wildlife Federation and author, Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

Great Plant Picks for Birds and Bees

  • Richie Steffen — Curator, Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden and co-author, Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns
4:30 pm

That Can’t Grow Here: Plants that are Worth a Try

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

Truly Compelling Combinations: Creating Sizzle and Subtlety

  • Brenda C. Adams — Designer, garden educator and author, There’s a Moose in My Garden
7:00 pm
 

The Movable Feast: Growing Edibles in Containers

  • Toni Gattone — Master Gardener and owner, Toni Gattone & Associates

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am

Essential Easy-care Perennials for Outstanding Gardens

  • Ruth Rogers Clausen — Garden writer and co-author, Essential Perennials and author, Dreamscaping
11:15 am

Good Berry, Bad Berry: Finding and Identifying Common Wild Berries

  • Helen Yoest — Author, Good Berry, Bad Berry and blogger, GardeningwithConfidence.com
12:30 pm
 

Bye-Bye Grass: Easy Approaches to Replace Your Lawn

  • Nan Sterman — TV host of 'A Growing Passion' and author, Hot Colors, Dry Gardens
1:45 pm

Ten Tips to Get Started on the Gardening Path to Happiness

  • Dee Nash — Author, The 20/30-Something Garden Guide & blogger, RedDirtRamblings.com
3:00 pm

Little Helpers: Get Kids Growing Veggies

  • Kate Copsey — Radio host and author, The Downsized Vegetable Garden
4:15 pm

Weed Wars: An American Revolution on Weeds

  • Marianne Binetti — TV host of ‘Dig in Seattle’ and author, Edible Gardening for WA and OR

5:30 pm
 

Carpet Gardening: Vibrant and Colorful Plant Tapestries

  • Susan Calhoun — Designer and owner, Plantswoman Designs and 2016 NWFGS Garden Creator
6:45 pm

Vintage Vogue: Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Gardens

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am

Divide and Conquer: Secrets to Making Your Own Plants

  • Charlie Nardozzi — Radio and TV host and author, Foodscaping and Urban Gardening for Dummies
11:45 am

Good Libations: Concocting Cocktails from the Home Garden

  • Debbie Teashon — Co-author, Gardening for the Homebrewer and blogger, Rainyside.com
  • Wendy Tweten — Co-author, Gardening for the Homebrewer and ‘Miss Snippy’ columnist
1:30 pm

Sowing Confidence: Start Your Own Vegetable Seeds

  • Erica Strauss — Author, The Hands-On Home and blogger, nwedible.com
3:15 pm
 

Colorful Living Wall Hangings with Hardy Succulents

5:00 pm
 

Pruning Shrubs: It’s Not That Difficult

  • Bess Bronstein — EdCC educator, horticulture consultant and ISA Certified Arborist
6:45 pm

The Real Dirt: Super Soils and Courageous Composting

  • Cyndi Stuart — Owner/farmer at The Roost at Roddy Creek and author, Real Food from a Real Farm

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am

Home Remedies: The Good, The Bad, and the What Were You Thinking?

  • C.L. Fornari — Author, The Cocktail Hour Garden and Coffee for Roses
11:45 am

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

  • David Mizejewski — Naturalist with National Wildlife Federation and author, Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife
1:00 pm

Beyond Drip: Super-efficient Irrigation

2:15 pm
Garden 101: Your Best Edible Garden

Season Extension for Home Vegetable Growers

  • Brad Halm — Co-owner, Seattle Urban Farm Co and co-author, High-Yield Garden Planner

Grow Epic Tomatoes Wherever the Sun Shines

  • Craig LeHoullier — Author, Epic Tomatoes and Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales 

Foodscaping: Innovative Ways to Grow Edibles

  • Charlie Nardozzi — Radio and TV host and author, Foodscaping and Urban Gardening for Dummies
4:30 pm

Stars of the Four-Season Garden Party

  • Debbie Teashon — Co-author, Gardening for the Homebrewer and blogger, Rainyside.com

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am

Gardening with a Generous Nature: a Plantiful Garden Guide

11:15 am

The Herbal Landscape: Beyond Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

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

12:30 pm
 

California Dreaming: Touring the Golden State’s Most Celebrated Gardens

  • Nan Sterman — TV host of 'A Growing Passion' and author, Hot Colors, Dry Gardens
1:45 pm

Who Needs Downton Abbey? Great Garden Estates of the Northwest

  • Donald Olson — Travel writer and author, Pacific Northwest Garden Tour
3:00 pm
 

Garden Smarter: Adapt Your Garden for Life

  • Toni Gattone — Master Gardener and owner, Toni Gattone & Associates
4:15 pm
 

A Dry Sense of Humus: Strategies for a Resilient Garden

  • Greg Butler — Designer, educator and owner, Design of the Times

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am
 

A Family Affair: Multi-generational Gardening for Fun, Balance and Health

11:45 am
 

The Compost Tea Party: Compost Teas for Every Garden

1:30 pm
 

Go Vertical: Framed Art with Hardy Succulents

3:15 pm
 

How to Prune So You Don’t Have to Prune So Often

  • Christina PfeifferHorticulturist, arborist and co-author, Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening

5:00 pm

Savor the Bounty: The Revival of the Victory Garden

  • Cyndi Stuart — Owner/farmer at The Roost at Roddy Creek and author, Real Food from a Real Farm
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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.