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Few people have a passion for plants or an excitement about gardening more than Richie Steffen. Richie is the curator for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden where he manages the Garden, rare plant collections, and heads acquisition of new plants. He also supervises the primary educational program of the Miller Garden: Great Plant Picks. GPP is committed to building a comprehensive palette of outstanding and reliable plants for maritime Pacific Northwest gardens. A noted photographer, author, lecturer and horticultural personality, Richie is ready to share his knowledge and make you want to plant too! He is also the co-author of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns (Timber Press, 2015).
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, Richie Steffen will ‘compete’ against Ciscoe Morris 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 Richie pulls together plants and shares her tips for designing luscious container gardens.
Friday, Feb 24 at 11:00 am / Garden Wars Arena
Our neighborhoods are getting more crowded. For every open space that is bulldozed, countless numbers of wildlife have lost their home and habitat—their nest, food and water sources, just gone. Gardeners are ‘first responders’ in helping wildlife recover from humankind’s encroachment. Join UW Professor of Wildlife Dr. John Marzluff, landscape designer Eileen Stark and horticulturist Richie Steffen as they share why we need to protect critically vital wildlife, how to get started, and what plants to include, including valuable native plants that not only support a diverse ecosystem but beautify your garden too.
Friday, Feb 24 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow
Gardening in the Northwest often means learning to garden in shade. Richie will share tip, techniques and the best plants to plant your dark garden spaces to turn them into a sunless oasis you are excited to see. Through beautiful photography and informative commentary, you will leave with great ideas to make your shade garden shine.
Sunday, Feb 26 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow