Northwest Flower & Garden Show



Turn your dreams into reality with our FREE seminars and demonstrations. It’s all included in your ticket price, so be sure and 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 60 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
Wednesday, February 5th

Rainier Room

(60 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am

The Best of 30 Years on the Garden Beat

With 30 years of writing about gardens for daily newspapers, including the New York Times, Anne Raver will share the highlights of being on the garden trail, which has taken her all over the country, down the Amazon River, and up to the Arctic Circle. Discover some of her favorite gardens and public spaces and what they have taught her about plants, design and the environment. If something grows somewhere, Anne has undoubtedly visited, and has a story to tell.
1:30 pm

Naturalistic Landscape Design

Breaking Rules on Principle
3:00 pm

Art Gardens

Creating Dialog Between Art & Nature
4:30 pm

Biodiversity in the Garden

Rethinking Our Approach to Sustainable Gardening
6:00 pm

Serenity by Design

Creating Simplicity, Sanctuary & Delight in the Garden
7:15 pm

The Circle

Discover a Secret to Great Garden Design

Hood Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

9:30 am

Plants that Pay the Rent

Proven Plants for Year Round Delights
10:45 am

The Beautiful Edible Garden

Artfully Incorporating Edibles into Your Garden
12:15 pm

Nourish & Delight!

Growing, Cooking & Sharing Edibles for the Common Good
1:45 pm

Gardens to Live In

Creating Livable Outdoor Spaces with Style
3:15 pm

Walk to the Garden

A Virtual Tour of England’s Greatest Gardens
4:15 pm

Gardening Against Diabetes

Great Crops to Grow for Healthier Blood Sugar
5:45 pm

Beauty from Chaos

Design Ideas for Every Garden
7:30 pm

Around the World

Proven Global Fruit Varieties for NW Gardens

DIY Stage

(60 minutes except where noted)

9:30 am

Get Started on Your New Greenhouse!

Steps to Building A Hobby Greenhouse
11:15 am

From Lawn to Lunch

Introduction to Small Space Vegetable Gardening
1:00 pm
Garden to Table Cooking Series

Cooking with Cast Iron

How to Use & Maintain the World’s Best Cookware
2:45 pm
Garden to Table Cooking Series

Rustic Hearty Winter Salads

Delicious Meals to Celebrate Winter Crops
4:30 pm

Go Vertical with Succulents

Planting & Maintaining Succulent Gardens & Wreaths
6:15 pm

High Art from the Junk Pile

Inspiration for Reusing Just About Anything!