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
Saturday, February 8th

Rainier Room

(60 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am

Good Weed: Best Ornamental Grasses & Grass-Like Plants

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

11:30 am (90)
Gardening 101: Your Best Edible Garden

Fabulous Vegetable Varieties

Wonderful Winter Veggies

Outsmarting Pests & Diseases

1:30 pm

Gardening with Ciscoe & Meeghan: Highlights & Hijinks from Our Favorite Garden Duo

  • Ciscoe Morris — ‘Gardening with Ciscoe’

  • Meeghan Black — Co-host, ‘Gardening with Ciscoe’ and host, King 5 TV ‘Evening Magazine’

3:00 pm

Super Succulent Designs: Discover the Design Potential of Easy, Versatile Succulents

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

4:15 pm

What the Cluck?!: Getting Started on Gardening with Chickens

  • Jessica Bloom — Owner, NW Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes & Nursery

5:30 pm

In From the Wild: Native Trees & Shrubs for NW Gardens

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

6:45 pm

Southern Beauties: The Best Southern Hemisphere Plants for NW Gardens

Hood Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

9:30 am

Color Outside the Lines: Create a Garden to Reflect Your Personal Style

  • Mary Ann Newcomer — Garden scribe & author, “Vegetable Gardening in the Intermountain West”

10:45 am

Top Gardening Mistakes…: … And How to Avoid Them!

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

12:00 pm

Hey 20/30-Something Gardener!: Create a Kitchen Garden in an Urban Setting

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

1:15 pm

The Edible Landscape: Have Your Garden & Eat it Too

  • Carolyn Herriot — Author, “The Zero Mile Diet” & owner, Seeds of Victoria

2:30 pm

Design for Habitat: Backyards to Byways

4:00 pm

Groundbreaking Food Gardens: Innovative Ideas for Food & Fun

  • Niki Jabbour — Author, “Groundbreaking Food Gardens”

5:15 pm

Late, Great Gardens: Yes, It’s Time to Think Autumn in Spring

6:30 pm

Perfect Pairs: Classic Plant Combos for Every Garden

DIY Stage

(60 minutes except where noted)

9:30 am

Shut the Greenhouse Door!: Learn How to Cultivate Succesfully with a Greenhouse

11:15 am

Beneficial Orchard Mason Bees: Keeping Our Valuable Native Pollinators

1:00 pm
Garden to Table Cooking Series

The Family Table: Easy, Healthful Family Meals in Minutes

2:45 pm
Garden to Table Cooking Series

Herbs Every Day: Punch Up Recipes with Herbs

  • Willi Galloway — Author, “Grow Cook Eat: A Food-Lover’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening”

4:30 pm

Grow a Great Garden from Seed: Farmer John’s Top Ten Tips for Seed to Table

6:00 pm

Upping Your Game with Art: Accessorize Your Container Gardens with Style

  • Christina Salwitz — Co-author, “Fine Foliage” & designer, The Personal Garden Coach