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.

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
  • = Small Space Gardening
  • = Edible Gardening
  • = Good for Beginners
Friday, February 7th

Rainier Room

(60 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am

The Color Full Garden: Using Color to Reflect Our Unique Personal Style

  • Lucy Hardiman — Garden designer, writer and author, “Intimate Gardens”

11:30 am (90)
Gardening 101: Success With Shade

Spring Ephemerals for Woodland Gardens

Dark Thoughts: Best Shrubs for Shade

Shady Characters: Perennials

1:30 pm

Top Guns: 25 Plants Dan Wouldn't be Without

  • Dan Hinkley — Plant explorer & author, “The Explorer’s Garden”

3:00 pm

Inspirational Everyday Gardens: Ideas from Fine Gardening’s Garden Photo of the Day Blog

4:30 pm (45)

The Art of Gardening: Taking Your Garden to the Next Level & Making it Pop!

  • Brian Minter — Co-owner & president, Minter Gardens & Country Garden Store

5:30 pm (45)

Kitchen Gardens with Style: Design Secrets for both Beauty & Bounty

  • Teresa O’Connor — blogger & co-author, “Grocery Gardening”

6:45 pm (45)

No More Flying Saucers: How to Prune Japanese Laceleaf Maples

  • Cass Turnbull — Founder, Plant Amnesty & author, “Guide to Pruning”

Hood Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

9:30 am (45)

Groundbreaking Food Gardens: Innovative Ideas for Food & Fun

  • Niki Jabbour — Author, “Groundbreaking Food Gardens”

10:45 am

Taming Wildflowers: A Users’ Guide from Seed to Vase

12:15 pm

Potting Up Plants: Discover How Pots Have Influenced Today's Gardens

  • Linda Larson — Master Gardener & columnist, “The Traveling Gardener”

1:45 pm

What Style am I?: Innovative Ways to Use Houseplants

3:15 pm (45)

Transformations with Texture: Enhance Your Garden with Texture Year Round

  • Rebecca Sweet — Author, “Refresh Your Garden Design” & owner, Harmony in the Garden

4:15 pm

Drop Dead Red: How Pinterest Can Renew Your Color Palette

  • Dee Nash — Author, “Hey 20/30-Something Gardening” & blogger, ‘Red Dirt Rambling’

5:45 pm (45)

Beyond Curb Appeal: The Secrets to Creating Sustainable Outdoor Rooms

7:00 pm

Backyard Solutions for Our Declining Bees: How Mason Bees Can Save Our Food & Gardens

DIY Stage

(60 minutes except where noted)

9:30 am

Flower School: Color Theory & Design Insights for Beautiful Bouquets

  • Debra Prinzing — Author, “Slow Flowers” & “The 50 Mile Bouquet”

11:15 am

Bouquet of Succulent Rosettes: Create Unique, Long-Lasting & Colorful Bouquets

  • Debra Lee Baldwin — Author, “Succulents Simplified” & “Designing with Succulents”

1:00 pm
Garden to Table Cooking Series

From Farm to Table Year Round: Prolonging the Freshness of the Season

2:45 pm
Garden to Table Cooking Series

Canning the Harvest for Peak Flavor: Tips & Tricks for Successful Canning

  • Theresa Loe — Co-Executive Producer, ‘Growing A Greener World TV’ and blogger, ‘’

4:30 pm

Foliage Fusion: Container Gardens for Year Round Interest

  • Karen Chapman — Designer, Le Jardinet & co-author, “Fine Foliage”

6:15 pm

Buy Plants Like a Pro: A Buyer's Guide to the Plant Market