See It, Learn It, Do It: Practical Insights to Grow Your Gardening Skills

See It, Learn It, Do It: Practical Insights to Grow Your Gardening Skills

We have a wide array of seminars to help you amp up your skills in the garden. Learn to prune like a pro, install drip irrigation, plant a shrub or tree (so it doesn’t die), start seeds, and make light work of those inevitable weeds!

No matter whether you’re a newbie or a well-seasoned gardener, you can always learn tricks and techniques with our popular DIY Seminars. You’ll be glad you did, saving yourself time and money in the future, with a healthier—and more beautiful—garden.


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 Art of Pruning Japanese Maples

Barry Hoffer—Arborist and owner, Maples for All Seasons

Barry Hoffer has a passion for Japanese maples, an invaluable tree for the Northwest landscape. He will explain the philosophy of pruning and then demonstrate proper pruning technique on an actual Japanese maple tree showing each essential point. As an aesthetic arborist, he’ll talk about making proper cuts, soil and the overall health of the tree. Diseases associated with the Japanese Maples are covered, including how to repair and remove diseased branches and treatment.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage

GARDEN 101: The Best Damn Garden Advice Ever!

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

Mary-Kate MackeyAward-winning garden writer and speaker

Tools and Tips to Make Gardening Life Easier

Robin HaglundGarden coach, speaker, writer and president, Garden Mentors® Inc.

Garden Zombies: Horticultural Myths that Refuse to Die!

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

Plants die. Weeds won’t die. Your “home remedies” make things worse. You keep repeating the same chores—but want better results! Never fear—Robin Haglund, Mary-Kate Mackey and Linda Chalker-Scott are coming to your rescue! Robin covers useful tools, actions to save your body, and unnecessary chores to jettison. Mary-Kate presents a collection of tough Northwest survivors that will carry on despite the challenges you throw at them. And Linda will discuss those infamous “home remedies,” suggesting alternatives to use that will actually be beneficial.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book Signing to follow

Ikebana as a Healing Art

Nobuko Relnick—Instructor of Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Seattle

Just like meditation such as yoga and prayer, we can create our own soothing atmosphere by doing ikebana. When we are creating ikebana, we will be startled by the beauty of a single blossom. We will be surprised to find our ability to create an art form with living plant materials we see every day around you. This awareness of nature-plant materials will surround us with soothing and comforting energy which is always there but we never see it clearly until we do ikebana.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 6:45 pm / DIY Stage

Your Garden from a Floral Photographer’s Perspective

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

From a photographer’s point of view, every gardener grows a masterpiece. Join Jackie as she takes you through some private gardens where she gets to know as much about the gardeners as she does about their plants. After hearing Jackie’s talk, you will walk away forever imagining the “masterpieces” in your own gardens and never look at them the same again.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 7:00 pm / Rainier Room

The Art of Pruning Perennials – Revisited

Tracy DiSabato-Aust—Best-selling author, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden and The Well-Designed Mixed Garden

Are you new to the art of pruning perennials or could your skills use sharpening? Join the internationally renowned “Queen of Deadheading” for a lesson on innovative techniques of pruning perennials for season-long interest. Discover how to make your perennials flower longer and look their best when not in bloom; ways to delay their flowering or time the flowering for an important garden party; and how to layer a planting, improve the habit, control pests or prolong the life of perennials—all through cutting-edge pruning.

Friday, Feb 24 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

You Can Garden for Life! With Adaptive Gardening

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

Are you one of the 78 million Baby Boomers becoming seniors? Do you have physical limitations that keep you from working in your garden comfortably and safely? If so, this informative and inspirational Adaptive Gardening seminar delivers dozens of tips and techniques and demonstrates modified and ergonomic tools that will enable you to adapt and be resilient when your body doesn’t work the way it used to, so you can garden for life.

Friday, Feb 24 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room

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

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

Pruning done correctly helps moderate return growth, is healthier for a shrub or hedge, and maintains a natural form. Pruning less often also saves labor and energy and reduces green waste volume. Pruning done incorrectly causes rapid return growth, weakens the shrub, stimulates shrubs to rapid growth, and increases your labor. The solution? Learn the simple steps to proper pruning! You’ll save time, labor and have a beautiful shrub or hedge for your efforts which increases your property values!

Friday, Feb 24 at 4:00 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

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

Shawna Coronado shares her dramatic personal story of how she has used garden therapy, an anti-inflammatory diet, and exercise to overcome the daily debilitating pain associated with Spinal Osteoarthritis. Her efforts have resulted in weight loss, improved mood, pain reduction, increased mobility, and a beautiful garden. Shawna’s own stunning garden illustrates how making simple lifestyle changes for your own health can create remarkable personal results. She will discuss tips that might help you feel great while living a greener lifestyle.

Saturday, Feb 25 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Get Ready to Start Your Own Seeds

Charlie NardozziRadio and TV host and author, Foodscaping and Urban Gardening for Dummies

Have you ever pined for unusual plants, but found it hard to find them in garden centers? The solution is to start your own seeds! Charlie will cover seed starting basics, including lights, container options, potting soils, fertilizers, and watering, and go over common misconceptions and seed starting problems. Discover practical tips to get seeds to germinate faster and grow stronger, and the diseases you’ll need to watch for. Sponsored by Gardener’s Supply Company and Velcro USA.

Saturday, Feb 25 at 6:45 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow
Sunday, Feb 26 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Pruning Garden Roses Simplified

Paul Zimmerman—Consulting Rosarian, director, Biltmore International Rose trials and author, Everyday Roses

Pruning garden roses isn’t rocket science! Rosarian Paul Zimmerman will take the mystery out of pruning garden roses with this energetic hands-on demonstration. These aren’t your Grandma’s Hybrid Tea Roses, and using the right approach will give you magnificent landscape shrubs that will bloom for months. Paul will review the timing, tools and techniques to get the most from your roses, showing you how to shape the rose bush similar to a shrub. Sponsored by Jackson & Perkins Roses.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 10:00 am / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Drip Irrigation for the Vegetable Garden and Landscape

Colin McCrate—Owner, Seattle Urban Farm Co and co-author, High-Yield Garden Planner and Food Grown Right

Drip irrigation is an incredible way to conserve water, improve plant health, save time and reduce expenses. Get a close look at the benefits of drip irrigation and explore the technical aspects in detail: which type of system to use for your application, how to install, how to manage it through the season and how to repair it. Colin takes the mystery out of drip irrigation and shows how simple and approachable it really is.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Month-by-Month Gardening in the Pacific Northwest

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

In gardening, as with many things in life, timing can be everything. Staying in step with the rhythm of the season offers opportunities to maximize our gardening efforts to achieve healthier, lovelier gardens with less effort. Learn practical and sustainable methods to include in your gardening practice with tips from her new book, Pacific Northwest Gardening Month-by-Month from Cool Springs Press.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow