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
Wednesday, February 11th

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am

The Best of 30 Years on the Garden Beat

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

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

1:00 pm (90)
GARDENING 101: Small Space Solutions

Small Makeovers with Big Impact

Pop-Up Gardens: Creative Ways to Use Unused Spaces

Coloring Outside the Lines to Enlarge Your Space

3:15 pm

Inspirational Gardens from Fine Gardening’s Garden Photo of the Day Blog

4:30 pm

The Art of Accessorizing: A Garden is More Than Just Plants

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

5:45 pm
7:00 pm

The Renovated Garden and Rejuvenated Gardener

  • Marianne Binetti — TV host of ‘Dig in Seattle’ and author, Edible Gardening for WA and OR

Hood Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

11:15 am
  • Jessica Bloom — Owner, NW Bloom Ecological Landscapes and co-author, Practical Permaculture Design

  • Dave Boehnlein — Owner, Terra Phoenix Design and co-author, Practical Permaculture Design

12:30 pm

The Layered Garden

  • David Culp — Author, The Layered Garden and owner, Brandywine Cottage

1:45 pm
  • Stephanie Cohen — The Perennial Diva, author of The Perennial Gardener’s Design Primer

3:00 pm

Slow Landscaping – Symbiosis of Art and Nature

  • Claire T. Jones — Designer, Claire Jones Landscapes and blogger

4:15 pm

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

5:30 pm
6:45 pm

Growing Beauties: Meconopsis, Cardiocrinum and Species Rhodies

  • Steve Hootman — Executive Director and Curator, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

DIY Stage

(60 minutes except where noted)

10:00 am

Discover the Simplicity and Beauty of Ikebana

  • Nobuko Relnick — Instructor of Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Seattle

11:45 am
  • Karen Chapman — Designer, Le Jardinet & co-author, Fine Foliage

1:30 pm
  • Claudia Lucero — Owner, and author, One Hour Cheese

5:00 pm
  • Janit Calvo — Author, Gardening in Miniature & owner, Two Green Thumbs

6:45 pm
  • Stacy Davison — Founder, Seattle Urban Farm School and blogger,