Get Growing: Plants Galore for Northwest Gardens

Get Growing: Plants Galore for Northwest Gardens

Here in the Northwest gardeners are blessed with incredible growing conditions for a wealth of plants, both native and exotic. But how can you choose the best plants for your garden from such abundance?

Our horticulturists, designers and garden writers will help you hone in on the right plants for your garden conditions—wet or dry, sunny or shady, large or small. Discover a world of plants you might never have considered, or find the perfect plants for a real problem spot. Once you integrate “right plant/right place” into your garden, it will all come together beautifully.


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.

Colorful Conifers and Companions

Larry and Bethany LaelOwners, Lael’s Moon Garden Nursery, Rochester, WA

Not all conifers are huge, dark green trees—many selections are dwarf, can offer bright color and seasonal changes, and a great variety of textures and shapes. There’s a huge selection of conifers that can dress up the garden year round. They are easy care and can also lend themselves to artistic pruning. Lael’s Moon Garden practices gardening as an art form and conifers provide many artistic options. Discover some of the best conifers that can be used in almost all gardens.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 10:00 am / Hood Room

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

Daniel J. Hinkley—Plantsman, author, plant collector, lecturer

Many are cognizant of the growing movement to return to naturalistic plants requiring less energy and maintenance while increasing vital bio-diversity. The process in the cooler, wetter Pacific Northwest, though achievable and rewarding, presents unique challenges. Join plantsman Dan Hinkley in dissecting, evaluating, and rating the success thus far of his experimental meadow at Windcliff, his celebrated garden in Indianola, WA.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room

Better Together: Using Roses in the Landscape

Nita-Jo Rountree—Author, Growing Roses in the Pacific Northwest

Roses do not have to be relegated to their own garden beds, laid out in straight rows with nary a companion plant. By using today’s garden design principles, it’s easy to illustrate how to successfully use various types of roses in mixed beds as well as in formal designs. Mouth-watering photographic examples are a delight for the senses and filled with ideas for beautiful companion plants for your favorite roses.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

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

Nicholas StaddonHorticulture Consultant, former Director of New Plants for Monrovia Growers

What are the hot new plants for the coming year? Join horticulturist and plant geek Nicholas Staddon as he shares some of his favorite new and recent plant introductions, conifers, woody ornamentals, perennials and more. Many of these plants will also provide solutions in those problem garden areas. Get detailed plant information as well as coaching on how to use these plants in the garden. Nicholas makes your plant shopping easy!

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage

Living Art: Planting for Architectural Interest

Mark WeathingtonDirector and Curator, JC Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina

Specimen plants are usually selected for their flowers and foliage but form is often overlooked. Plants with extraordinary architecture add year-round interest to the landscape and provide a sculptural element that transforms a good garden to a great one. Whether working with a plant’s natural form or imposing your will to create living walls and sculpture, this seminar will help you get the most impact from the plants in your garden.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 7:00 pm / Rainier Room

Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener

Joseph Tychonievich—Author, Rock Gardening and Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener

Plant breeding, the art of creating new varieties of plants, may seem like some high-tech, complex process, but in reality it is as old as gardening itself and accessible to any gardener. In this seminar you will learn a little of the history of plant breeding, the processes used to create the new plants you love at the garden center, and the simple techniques you too can use to start creating your very own varieties of plants in your back yard.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

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

C. Colston Burrell, MLA—Designer, horticulturist & author, Perennial Combinations

‘Right Plant/Right Place’ is the gardener’s axiom. We all know these words by heart, but do we really put it to use? Traditionally, we think of matching soil, water, light, and space requirements of each plant. But, what about the larger ecological context in which we garden? Using nature as a model, explore the adaptations that allow plants to cope with what Mother Nature can dish out. With nature in mind, learn how to combine site-appropriate plants to fashion beautiful gardens.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

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

Nicholas StaddonHorticulture Consultant, former Director of New Plants for Monrovia Growers

Well-seasoned and novice gardeners have one thing in common: an unquenchable thirst for new plants. Many new plant introductions are due to the efforts of plant breeders and explorers who spent countless hours seeking and studying new plants. Join passionate plantsman Nicholas Staddon as he shares a host of new and recent plant introductions that will stay the course. Learn detailed plant information as well as tips on how to best use these plants.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage

Growing Gorgeous Succulents in the Northwest

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

Many succulents, but not all, are challenging to grow in the Northwest. But there are many more succulents to choose from than just Sedum “Autumn Joy.” Succulent plant expert Robin Stockwell shares the best varieties of Sedums, sempervivums, delospermas and echeverias that thrive in Northwest climates and give your garden some succulent pizzazz, along with tips on keeping frost-tender varieties healthy. He’ll also inspire you to use succulents in new ways, such as container bowls, groundcovers, sedum panels and even wedding bouquets.

Friday, Feb 24 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

GARDEN 101: Grow Gorgeous Roses

Grow Disease-Free Easy Care Roses in the Northwest

Nita-Jo Rountree—Author, Growing Roses in the Pacific 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

The Rose is the National Flower of the U.S. But here in the drizzly NW it can be frustrating to grow disease-free roses! Now you can discover how to grow roses beautifully and get answers to your rose questions. Join Consulting Rosarian and author Paul Zimmerman, ARS Master Rosarian Elena Williams and local rose author Nita-Jo Rountree for a look at which roses work best in NW gardens, how to grow them sustainably and organically, and how to integrate them into your garden for that beautiful “magazine cover” look. Paul Zimmerman’s appearance sponsored by Jackson & Perkins Roses

Saturday, Feb 25 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Honing In on the Best Plants for Your Garden

Darcy Daniels—Designer and owner, Bloomtown Gardens and founder, eGardenGo

The universe of plants is vast: so many plants, so little space! The reality is, each garden situation is pretty specific, and only some plants will thrive with the light, water, and space available. Plants also need to do a job—provide shade, or screen an unsightly view. It’s a process of elimination: many options at first, but later, very few. Discover simple ways you can narrow the plant list to find plants that not only thrive in your garden, but will make you happy every day!

Sunday, Feb 26 at 11:15 am / Hood Room

Great Plant Picks: Bright Ideas for Shade

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

Gardening in the Northwest often means learning to garden in shade. Richie will share tip, techniques and the best plants to plant your dark garden spaces to turn them into a sunless oasis you are excited to see. Through beautiful photography and informative commentary, you will leave with great ideas to make your shade garden shine.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow