Northwest Flower & Garden Show



Turn your dreams into reality with our FREE seminars and demonstrations. It’s all included in your ticket price, so drop in and discover something new!

Our speakers will share hundreds of fresh new ideas to help you create a garden that fits your lifestyle and gardening needs. With over 80 book signings, you can even take their sage advice home with you.

All 3 seminar rooms are located in the Conference Center. Click here for a map.

Speaker Biographies

Click on a speaker name to read a full bio and a description of their seminar.

Speaker Handouts

Speaker handouts for the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show Seminar Series will be posted the evening of the seminar (after 9pm). If you miss one of our great seminars, and the speaker provides handout, you’ll be able to click on the title of the seminar 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 at the show. All handouts are Adobe Acrobat files.


  • = Book Signing
Friday, February 13th

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am

The Celebration of Eccentricities: Famous People and Their Plants

  • Tony Avent — Horticulturist, author and owner, Plant Delights Nursery, Raleigh, NC

11:45 am

On the Edge: One Englishman’s Experience with Planthunting

  • Nick Macer — Plantsman and owner, Pan Global Plants, Gloucestershire, U.K.

1:00 pm (90)
GARDENING 101: My Plant List is Cooler Than Your Plant List

Plants So Amazing, You’ll Think We’re Making Them Up!

Pan Global Plant Perfection - The Ultimate Guide to Temperate Treasures

Who Kept the Dogs Out – Purrfect Gems to Invite into Your Garden

3:15 pm

Express Yourself: Cultivating Garden Style

  • Rochelle Greayer — Author, Cultivating Garden Style and founder/editor of Pith + Vigor

4:30 pm

The Lure of Plants: Unearthing the Roots of Ciscoe’s Obsessions

  • Ciscoe Morris — Radio, TV Host, columnist and author, Ask Ciscoe

5:45 pm

Flash of Silver: Edible Gardening to Nourish and Inspire

  • Graham Kerr — Author, Growing at the Speed of Life and former ‘Galloping Gourmet’ TV Star

7:00 pm

Welcoming Pollinators Into Edible Gardens

  • Tammi Hartung — Co-owner, Desert Canyon Farm and author, The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener

Hood Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am

Top Gardening Secrets From the Experts

11:15 am

Creating Your Own Beautiful Edible Garden

  • Stefani Bittner — Co-author The Beautiful Edible Garden and Co-owner, Star Apple Edible Gardens

12:30 pm

Cold Climate Gardening: It’s More Than the Zone

  • Cheryl Moore-Gough — Adjunct Asst. Professor of Horticulture, Montana State University

1:45 pm

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

  • David Mizejewski — Media personality & naturalist with National Wildlife Federation

3:00 pm

The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden

  • Roy Diblik — Author, The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden and owner, Northwind Perennial Farm

4:15 pm

Yes You Can! Easy Canning for Gardeners

  • Theresa Loe — Co-Executive Producer, Growing A Greener World TV and founder,

5:30 pm

37 Native Gems for Northwest Gardens

  • Mark Turner — Garden photographer & author, Trees & Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest

6:45 pm

Accessible Gardens – Gardening for All

DIY Stage

(60 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am

Love/Hate Your Orchids? Rekindle the Romance with Your Orchids

11:45 am

It’s Not Magic: Conjuring up Imaginative Container Gardens

  • Barbara Wise — Author, Container Gardening for All Seasons

1:30 pm

1 Bunch, 3 Ways: Arranging Common Flowers into Uncommon Bouquets

3:15 pm

In Good Taste: Enjoy Bouquets and Decor From Your Edible Garden

  • Stefani Bittner — Co-author The Beautiful Edible Garden and Co-owner, Star Apple Edible Gardens

  • Mary Beth ShaddixCooking Light gardener and columnist and co-owner, Maple Valley Nursery, AL

5:00 pm

Beauty from Glass: Getting Started on 2D Mosaic Art

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

6:45 pm

No Space? No Dirt? Get Growing with Hydroponics