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
Sunday, February 9th

Rainier Room

(60 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am

Nature Perfected: Finessing Fabulous Combos

1:30 pm

Pinterest Worthy Container Gardens: Design Tips & Techniques from a Container Pro

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

3:00 pm

Going Native: Are NW Natives the Best Choice for Gardens?

4:15 pm

Successful Storm-Water Management: Rain Gardens, Bog Gardens & Living Roofs

  • Mike Vowels — Award-winning sustainable builder & educator

5:15 pm

Color Play in the Garden: Put the “Wow” in Your Garden with Color!

  • Sue Goetz — Garden Designer, Creative Gardener

Hood Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

9:30 am

A Traveling Gardener: Wandering, Wondering, Noticing...

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

10:45 am

The Huge World of Miniature Gardening: A Guide to Getting Started Thinking Small

  • Janit Calvo — Author, “Gardening in Miniature” & owner, Two Green Thumbs

12:00 pm

Sensational Hardy Chrysanthemums: Not Your Ordinary Big Box Mum!

1:15 pm

Inspirational Edible Gardens: Top Tips for Urban Food Gardens

2:45 pm

Front Yard Foraging: Gourmet Weed Cuisine Fresh from Your Garden

4:00 pm

Diagnosing Pesky Plant Problems: Identifying and Controlling Diseases & Insect Damage

DIY Stage

(60 minutes except where noted)

9:30 am

Grow Your Own Aeroponic Garden: Solutions for Healthy Edibles in Small Spaces

  • Mitra Ray — Scientist & author, “Vertical Farming: Grow Fresh Produce Yearlong”

11:15 am

Orchids Demystified: Even Brown Thumbs Can Grow Stunning Orchids!

1:00 pm
Garden to Table Cooking Series

Eating Local in the Depth of Winter: Sensational Cool Season Salads

2:45 pm
Garden to Table Cooking Series

Fabulously Simple Dinner Party: Easy Ideas for Party Panache

  • Alexandra Hedin — Author, “Entertaining at Home” & Style Editor, 425 Magazine

4:30 pm

The Beauty of Ikebana: Discover the Principles Behind the Art of Ikebana