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Jessi Bloom

Owner, NW Bloom, author, Free-Range Chicken Gardens and co-author, Practical Permaculture Design

Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, based near Seattle, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations, and makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals. Her first best-selling book, Free-Range Chicken Gardens (Timber Press, 2012) has been praised for being informative and inspiring, changing the way people integrate animals into their landscapes. She also co-authored the best-selling Practical Permaculture (Timber Press, 2015) and The Wetland Handbook: A Community Guide to Growing Native Plants (King Conservation District, 1998). Her work has appeared nationally in Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset, NY Times, Fine Gardening, PBS’s “Growing a Greener World TV,” Martha Stewart Living, Mother Earth News and many other large media outlets. Recognition for her work includes awards from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the American Horticultural Society, Pacific Horticulture, Sunset, WSNLA, and WALP. Jessica has built many popular display gardens at the NWFGS, winning Gold medals, the People’s Choice award as well as garden media awards. Other significant awards include the 2008 Governor’s Award from the WSNLA for sustainable practices and the Environmental Excellence Award from WSNLA and most recently a Grand Award from WALP for community service.


Container Wars

Inspired by our hugely popular “Garden Wars,” we’re taking the battle to container gardening, perfect for patios, decks and balconies. Drawing from identical plant materials, Jessi Bloom ‘competes’ against Robin Haglund as they each create 3 gorgeous containers—all in under an hour! Working against the clock, and with fun “challenges” thrown at them by Master of Ceremonies Marianne Binetti, see how Jessi pulls together plants and shares her tips for designing luscious container gardens.

Sunday, Feb 26 at 11:00 am / Garden Wars Arena

Top 10 Homesteading Hacks for Beginners

Are you looking to save time, money and your sanity as you embark on your homesteading journey? Do you want to grow your own food, raise animals, and live a simple life? Expert Jessi Bloom walks the walk on homesteading! She’ll help you get started, share her top 10 tips, tricks and wisdom—gained from her own experiences—for anyone looking to make their life easier in the garden, on the farm and inside the home!

Sunday, Feb 26 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow