Northwest Flower & Garden Show


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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
Thursday, February 12th

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am

Northwest Gem: Explore the Jane Platt Garden

  • Linda Engstrom — 2015 Show Judge and designer, Garden Aesthetics, Portland

11:45 am
  • Troy B. Marden — 2015 Show Judge, TV host and designer, Troy Marden Garden Design, Nashville

1:00 pm (90)
GARDENING 101: The Beauty of Winter

Tiny Gems: Snowdrops and Other Bulbs

How Hellebores Can Take Center Stage

3:15 pm

Beyond Plants: Art in the Garden

4:30 pm

Adventures on the Farm

  • Anne Raver — 2015 Show Judge and garden columnist, New York Times

5:45 pm
  • Sean Hogan — Owner, Cistus Nursery and author, Trees for All Seasons: Broadleaved Evergreens for Temperate Climates

7:00 pm

Hood Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am

Get Vertical! Grow 35 Organic Plants in Only 2 Square Feet

  • Shawna Coronado — Blogger, columnist and author,  Grow a Living Wall: Create Vertical Gardens With Purpose

11:15 am

Trials and Tribulations of Gardening: Dirty Ladies Doing Standup

  • Stephanie Cohen — The Perennial Diva, author of The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer

  • Dawn Hummel — Marketing Manager, UpShoot and owner, BeeDazzled Gardens

12:30 pm
  • Claire T. Jones — Designer, Claire Jones Landscapes and blogger

1:45 pm

Innovative Food Gardening and Where It’s Going

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

3:00 pm
  • Susan Morrison — Designer, Creative Exteriors Landscape Design and app developer, ‘Foolproof Plants for Small Gardens’

4:15 pm

Where There’s a Garden, There’s a Story

  • Donald Olson — Travel writer and author, Pacific Northwest Garden Tour

5:30 pm
  • David Perry — Photographer, The 50 Mile Bouquet and Gardening for Sustainability

6:45 pm
  • Karen Chapman — Designer, Le Jardinet & co-author, Fine Foliage

DIY Stage

(60 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am
  • Claudia Lucero — Owner, and author, One Hour Cheese

11:45 am

Towering Tubers: Grow 20 lbs. of Spuds in Less Than 4 Square Feet

1:30 pm

Farmer John’s Top Tips For a Garden From Seed To Table

3:15 pm

It’s Not Magic: Conjuring up Imaginative Container Gardens

  • Barbara Wise — Author, Container Gardening for All Seasons

5:00 pm
  • 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

6:45 pm