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
Sunday, February 15th

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am

Keeping it Simple: Easy Harvest Pruning for Fruit Trees

  • Ann Ralph — Author, “Grow a Little Fruit Tree”

11:45 am

Plants With Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to Aphrodisiac Plants

  • Helen Yoest — Author, Plants with Benefits and Gardening With Confidence

1:00 pm (90)
GARDENING 101: Busting Garden Myths

The Real Dirt on Mulches & Soil Amendments

Flower Garden Follies

Pros and Cons of Using Fertilizers and Pesticides

3:15 pm

Off the Vine: A Selection of Epic Tomatoes for Northwest Gardens

  • Craig LeHoullier — Author, Epic Tomatoes and tomato advisor for The Seed Savers Exchange

4:30 pm

Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden

  • Jessica Walliser — Radio host and author, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden

Hood Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am

Everyday Roses – Growing Roses Sustainably

  • Paul blogger, rosarian and author, Everyday Roses

11:15 am

Hellstrip Gardening: Paradise at the Curb

  • Evelyn J. Hadden — Author, Beautiful No-Mow Yards and blogger

12:30 pm

Getting Started with the Right Cuts: Pruning Your New Tree

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

1:45 pm

The Herb Lovers Spa Garden

  • Sue Goetz — Designer and owner, Creative Gardener and author, The Herb Lovers Spa

3:00 pm

Get Growing: A Guide to Incredible Edibles in Containers

  • Andrea Bellamy — Author of Small Space Vegetable Gardens and blogger

4:15 pm

Great Plant Picks: Making the Best Spring Garden

DIY Stage

(60 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am

Container Gardening with Japanese Maples

11:45 am

Beneficial Orchard Mason Bees: Our Northwest Native Pollinator

1:30 pm

Germinating a Great Garden: Seed Starting 101

  • Charlie Nardozzi — Radio and TV host and author, Urban Gardening for Dummies and Foodscaping

3:15 pm

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

5:00 pm

Life of the Garden Party: Botanical Beverages