Get Crafty: Art, Home Décor and Self Care from the Garden

Get Crafty: Art, Home Décor and Self Care from the Garden

Plants have served as the source of imaginative art around the world. Now you can learn how to put the plants in your garden to fun use. Whether it’s for a unique gift or creative art pieces to display in your own garden, we have some crafty seminars to spark your own imagination.

Learn how to make beautiful wall hangings from succulents, create mosaic art pieces, make a terrarium or handcrafted seed paper. You’ll not only enjoy these terrific speakers, you’ll leave armed with new knowledge to create something you’ll enjoy for a long time to come.


Be sure to download our full Show Preview Guide! It will be available online to download in December.

The show preview guide will include the full Seminar Schedule, Seminars by Category, as well are other show highlights and show info.

The Seminars by Category are listed in chronological order. Each of the seminars listed below will tell you the speaker name, seminar topic, seminar description, date, time, seminar location and if there is a book signing afterwards.

Please check the full Seminar Schedule for a full list of ALL our seminars.

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

Shelley LevisGarden writer and speaker at and editor, Urbanique Magazine

Creating miniature living ecosystems is fun and easy with just a few supplies, using simple household items as mini tools. Learn proper layering for terrariums, where the layers are just as important for visual effect as for plant health. Discover how Tillandsia’s (air plants) can live just about anywhere, including wall art crafted from moss and twigs. Shelley will also share how to create a mini-ecosphere with Marimo moss balls to enjoy in low light spaces in home or office.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage
Thursday, Feb 23 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage

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

Debra PrinzingAuthor, Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet and producer,

Take your floral arranging up a notch and bring more seasonal flowers, foliage, branches and buds into your everyday life. There’s so much more you can do with a bunch of flowers than plunk them into a vase. Debra will share 10 useful and inspiring floral design lessons, giving you the confidence you need to channel your inner floral designer. She’ll also share proven Slow Flowers methods for extending vase life and provide her resource guide for DIY floral designers.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Mosaic Garden Beauty: Getting Started on 2D Mosaic Art

Mark BrodyArtist, art educator and author, Mosaic Garden Projects

Artist Mark Brody will demonstrate the proper cutting techniques for both glass and ceramic tiles; finish the tile-laying of a 2D mosaic stepping-stone or fence-hanging mosaic; demonstrate the setting process in thin-set mortar; and discuss how mosaics will perform in different climates. For the big finish, Mark will daringly show how to lift an entire 12 x 12” mosaic in the air by contact paper alone, and confidently set it on the prepared substrate in adhesive (100’s of tessarae at once!)

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 6:45 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Mosaic Garden Beauty: Making 3D Mosaic Art

Mark BrodyArtist, art educator and author, Mosaic Garden Projects

This seminar steps it up a notch: 3-D art. Mark will show the more advanced techniques of setting mosaic on a 3D surface. He’ll describe and demonstrate the proper cutting techniques for both glass and ceramic tiles; how to use the sticky mesh/contact paper combination again for certain areas; demonstrate the ‘direct method’ of tiling; and discuss how mosaic perform in different climates. Even experienced mosaic fans are bound to learn new techniques to improve their skill level!

Thursday, Feb 23 at 10:00 am / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Planting and Maintaining a Vertical Garden

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

Discover what vertical gardening is, and how you can create your own succulent planting to display in your garden. Succulent plant expert Robin Stockwell will give you detailed instructions so you can soon have a “living picture” hanging on a patio wall or fence. He’ll review plant selection and preparation, how to make cuttings, varieties that work best, how to plant your creation, ways to hang a vertical garden, and finally, the care it will need to grow and flourish.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Go Vertical: Framed Art with Hardy Succulents

Becky Sell—Nursery Owner, Sedum Chicks, Salem, Oregon

Do you have an empty spot on a balcony wall or a sunny fence that just needs something special? Why not try living art with hardy succulents? Sedum Chick owner Becky Wright-Sell will show you how to plant and care for hardy succulents, including plant preparation, maintenance, exposure, and general questions regarding all issues related to vertical gardening with succulent plants. Now you can have colorful, easy-care living art that is a one-of-a-kind work of art you make yourself.

Friday, Feb 24 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage

Herbal Infusions and Medicinal Salves from the Garden

Carey Thornton—Adult Education Coordinator, Seattle Tilth

Learn how to infuse garden herbs into vinegars, syrups and oils for medicinal and culinary uses, and how to use them in homemade healing salves. Carey will cover herb identification, harvesting, and varieties of plants to grow, and discuss the beneficial and healing properties of different herbs, oils and waxes you can use for salves. She will also demonstrate mixing and pouring a healing medicinal salve. Plus you’ll get lots of recipes to try at home.

Friday, Feb 24 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage

Crafting Your Own Handmade Seed Paper

Stephanie Rose—Blogger, and author, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life

Now here is a gift that keeps on giving! This DIY project allows you to recycle old bills and paper scraps into something much more attractive—pressed handmade paper with embedded seeds. Learn how make an inexpensive mold and decal, add embellishments, and press handmade paper. Stephanie will show the hands-on steps to making handmade seed paper and demonstrate a number of different paper crafts that can be made from it. This is a DIY seminar not to be missed!

Friday, February 24 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow
Saturday, Feb 25 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

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

Caitlin AtkinsonPhotographer, stylist and author of Plant Craft

Demystify and simplify planning a party with smart DIY decorating ideas! Whether you want a sophisticated dinner party or a relaxed afternoon on the patio, Caitlin will share fresh ideas on picking a plant-based theme that will make your party memorable. Discover how to choose a theme and common pitfalls. Step-by-step DIY demonstrations of botanically inspired individual place settings, a planted centerpiece and information about using edible plants in food and drinks will be shared.

Friday, Feb 24 at 6:45 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Colorful Living Wreaths with Hardy Outdoor Succulents

Becky Sell—Nursery Owner, Sedum Chicks, Salem, Oregon

The original “Sedum Chick,” Becky Sell will show you step-by-step how to plant your very own living wreath from hearty, outdoor sedums. She will discuss the features and benefits of hardy succulents and demonstrate step-by-step how to prep the wreath frame, plant your own beautiful wreath, as well as how to trim and care for the colorful, hardy succulents. Hardy succulents are inexpensive, easy to find, and come in a rainbow of colors.

Saturday, Feb 25 at 10:00 am / DIY Stage

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

Caitlin AtkinsonPhotographer, stylist and author of Plant Craft

Rhipsalis, or “Mistletoe cactus”, is the plant to use for DIY projects for your home and they are everywhere these days. The epiphytic nature of this rainforest cactus means that it grows by attaching itself to another plant (such as a tree) and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air and rain – making it a perfect plant to manipulate in a home décor project. In this demonstration learn how to create some amazing pieces of art for your home.

Saturday, Feb 25 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Build a Pallet Planter Box for Food or Habitat Plants

Zsofia Pasztor—Founder/ Executive Director, Farmer Frog and author, Rain Gardens for the Pacific NW
Zsolt Pasztor – Operations Director, Farmer Frog

Pallets are often free and readily available and they make very attractive planters. Designer Zsofia Pasztor and her son Zsolt will show you how to craft a planter, including what to look for, how to select pallets, cut them and prepare them; how to build the box and line it; and tips on filling it with soil, compost or other materials, depending on the purpose. Also discover planter designs that work well and are easy to maintain in a pallet box.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow