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.

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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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Book Signing

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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
 

The Inspired Landscape: The New York Botanical Garden’s Native Plant Garden

  • 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

Dining Out: Gardens to Dine For

2:15 pm (90)
GARDEN 101: Don’t Let Moving Scare the Plants Out of You!

Get Ready: Should it Stay or Should it Go?

  • 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
 

Colorful Conifers and Companions

11:15 am
 

Small Trees Play Big Roles

12:30 pm

Food for the Soil: The Relationship Between Soil Life, Plant Health and Nutrition

1:45 pm

One Ingredient – Two Designer Recipes: Unique Ideas Using Foliage First

3:00 pm

Better Together: Using Roses in the Landscape

4:15 pm

Oh Grow Up! Clematis Contained

  • 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
 

The Perfect Plants for Brown Thumbs: Terrariums, Aeriums, Aquariums, Oh My!

  • 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

Vegetable Gardening in the Drizzly Northwest

  • Cyndi Stuart — Owner/farmer at The Roost at Roddy Creek and author, Real Food from a Real Farm
6:45 pm

Mosaic Garden Beauty: Getting Started on 2D Mosaic Art

  • Mark Brody — Artist, art educator and author, Mosaic Garden Projects

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am

Garden Evolution: A Designer’s 25-Year Landscape Challenge

11:45 am
 

New American Gardens: A Regional Approach to Garden Design

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

1:00 pm

The Well-Designed Mixed Garden

  • 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

Been There, Killed That: The Best Northwest Plants That Lived

Tools and Tips to Make Gardening Life Easier

  • Cass Turnbull — Founder, Plant Amnesty and author, Cass Turnbull’s Guide to Pruning

Garden Zombies: Horticultural Myths that Refuse to Die!

4:30 pm
 

From Sidewalk to Treetop: Maximizing Space in the Garden

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

5:45 pm

Toasting Your Health: From Your Garden to Your Glass

  • Debbie Teashon — Co-author, Gardening for the Homebrewer and blogger, Rainyside.com
7:00 pm
 

Your Garden from a Floral Photographer’s Perspective

  • Jackie Kramer — Floral photographer and instructor based in Alaska and Florida

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am

Home Grown Goodness: Keeping Your Vegetables—and Your Family—Safe

11:15 am

Fruits for Small Gardens

  • 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

Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener

3:00 pm

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

4:15 pm
 

Soil Mastery: The Key to Growing Outrageously Nutritious Plants

5:30 pm

Planting and Maintaining a Vertical Succulent Garden

  • Robin Stockwell — Former owner, Succulent Garden Nursery and author, Succulents: The Ultimate Guide
6:45 pm
 

How to Create a Successful Kitchen Garden Year Round

  • Kristin Crouch — Blogger, ThatBloominGarden.com and Vancouver, BC Master Gardener

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am

Mosaic Garden Beauty: Making 3D Mosaic Art

  • 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

Seasonings from the Garden

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

3:15 pm
 

The Perfect Plants for Brown Thumbs: Terrariums, Aeriums, Aquariums, Oh My!

  • Shelley Levis — Horticulturist, blogger and radio host, SowandDipity.com
5:00 pm
 

Lasting Legacy: New and Recent Plant Introductions That Stay the Course

  • 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
 

Behind the Scenes at The Farm Garden from PBS’ “Growing a Greener World® TV”

  • 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

Bees, Birds, and Beyond: Eco-Gardening for Life

  • 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

Introduction to Natural Chicken Keeping

  • 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
 

Got Drama? Garden and Landscape Lighting Basics

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am

Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style

11:15 am

Luscious Landscaping with Fruiting Trees, Shrubs and Vines

  • Lee Reich, PhD — Syndicated columnist and author, Grow Fruit Naturally and Landscaping with Fruit
12:30 pm
 

Grow Your Health: The True Taste of Vitality

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
 

You Can Garden for Life! With Adaptive Gardening

  • 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
 

Small Garden, Big Impact

  • 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
 

Go Vertical: Framed Art with Hardy Succulents

  • Becky Sell — Owner, Sedum Chicks, Salem, Oregon
1:30 pm
 

Herbal Infusions and Medicinal Salves from the Garden

3:15 pm

Crafting Your Own Handmade Seed Paper

  • Stephanie Rose — Blogger, GardenTherapy.ca and author, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects 
5:00 pm

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

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

6:45 pm

Garden Party: Bring the Garden to the Table with Easy DIY Décor

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am

A Journey to the Heart of Your Garden and Your Gut

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

Sustainable Rose Growing

  • Elena Williams — ARS Master Rosarian and president, Kitsap County Rose Society

Planting for Diversity: Rethinking the Classic “Rose Garden”

  • 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 
7:00 pm

Beyond Bok Choy: Mastering Delicious Asian Edible Gardening and Cooking

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
 

The Movable Feast: Growing Great Edibles in Containers

  • 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
 

Landscape Design Simplified: Gardening Where You Live

4:15 pm

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

5:30 pm

Backyard Foraging: Gathering from the Garden

  • Ellen Zachos — Horticulturist, educator and author, Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail
6:45 pm

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

  • 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
 

Colorful Living Wreaths with Hardy Outdoor Succulents

  • Becky Sell — Owner, Sedum Chicks, Salem, Oregon
11:45 am
 

Yes You CAN Grow Fruit-Bearing Plants in a Container!

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
 

Preserving the Harvest: Make Homemade Pickles

5:00 pm

Rhipsalis: The New “It” Plant for Indoor Garden Projects

6:45 pm

Get Ready to Start Your Own Seeds

  • 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
 

First Impressions Count: Creating Curb Appeal

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 

Saving Pollinators One Garden at a Time

  • David Mizejewski — Naturalist with National Wildlife Federation and author, Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife
4:30 pm

Month-by-Month Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

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

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am

The Blended Garden: Discover Plants that Do Double Duty

  • 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

Drip Irrigation for the Vegetable Garden and Landscape

  • 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

Pruning Garden Roses Simplified

  • Paul Zimmerman — Consulting Rosarian, director, Biltmore International Rose trials and author, Everyday Roses
11:45 am

Get Ready to Start Your Own Seeds

  • Charlie Nardozzi — Radio and TV host and author, Foodscaping and Urban Gardening for Dummies
1:30 pm

Beyond Bok Choy: How Do You Prepare That?

3:15 pm

Spring Container Fashion Show

  • 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

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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.