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
Wednesday, February 5th

Rainier Room

(60 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am

The Best of 30 Years on the Garden Beat

  • Anne Raver — 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

  • Douglas Justice — 2014 Show Judge & Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden

6:00 pm

Serenity by Design: Creating Simplicity, Sanctuary & Delight in the Garden

  • Jan Johnsen — Landscape designer, blogger & author, “Heaven is a Garden”

7:15 pm

The Circle: Discover a Secret to Great Garden Design

  • Phil Wood — Designer & owner, Phil Wood Garden Design

Hood Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

9:30 am

Plants that Pay the Rent: Proven Plants for Year Round Delights

  • Dan Heims — Owner, Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.

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

  • Graham Kerr — Author & TV Star, former ‘Galloping Gourmet’

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

  • Jim Fox — Author, “How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies”

7:30 pm

Around the World: Proven Global Fruit Varieties for NW Gardens

  • Sam Benowitz — Owner, Raintree Nursery & fruit tree expert

DIY Stage

(60 minutes except where noted)

9:30 am

Get Started on Your New Greenhouse!: Steps to Building A Hobby Greenhouse

  • Charlie Yaw — Owner, Charley’s Greenhouse & Garden

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

  • Lorene Edwards Forkner — Editor, Pacific Horticulture & author, “Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening”

4:30 pm

Go Vertical with Succulents: Planting & Maintaining Succulent Gardens & Wreaths

  • Robin Stockwell — Owner, Succulent Gardens the Growing Grounds, California

6:15 pm

High Art from the Junk Pile: Inspiration for Reusing Just About Anything!