Speakers at a Glance

Here are all of the gardening luminaries coming from around the U.S. and Canada who will be appearing in the acclaimed Seminar Program at the 2017 Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

Want to know more about a speaker? Simply click on their name to find their biography and seminar description.

The speakers are listed below alphabetically by last name.

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With the popularity of our seminar categories in our Show Preview Guide, we added the same content to our website. Now you can find more easily find the seminars that most interest you.

Whether you’re looking to solve design challenges, hoping to pick up practical gardening tips, or you’re interested in the connections between soil, edibles and health, we’ve sorted our 110 seminars into 8 categories and listed them in chronological order.

Look for our Show Preview Guide online in early November, and at retail stores everywhere after December 1.

Photographer, stylist and author of Plant Craft

Garden Party: Bring the Garden to the Table with Easy DIY Décor
Fri, Feb 24 at 6:45 pm / DIY Stage
Rhipsalis: The New “It” Plant for Indoor Garden Projects
Sat, Feb 25 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage

Principal landscape architect, American Potager® and author, The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook 

More Than Raised Beds: Designing the New Kitchen Garden
Sat, Feb 25 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room
Edibles in the Mixed Border
Sun, Feb 26 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room

Landscape architect and garden communicator

Landscape Design Simplified: Gardening Where You Live
Sat, Feb 25 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room
First Impressions Count: Creating Curb Appeal
Sun, Feb 26 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room

Owner and Greenhouse Manager, Raintree Nursery

Yes You CAN Grow Fruit-Bearing Plants in a Container!
Sat, Feb 25 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage

Curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection and author, Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis

Oh Grow Up! Clematis Contained
Wed, Feb 22 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room

Co-owner, Homestead Design Collective and co-author, Harvest

A Fresh Approach to Creating a Beautiful and Edible Garden
Fri, Feb 24 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room

Co-owners, Homestead Design Collective and co-authors, Harvest

Harvest! A Seasonal Guide to Your Most Beautiful and Productive Garden Ever
Sat, Feb 25 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room

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

Top 10 Homesteading Hacks for Beginners
Sun, Feb 26 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room

2017 Show Judge, Principal / Vice President, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates

The Inspired Landscape: The New York Botanical Garden’s Native Plant Garden
Wed, Feb 22 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room
New American Gardens: A Regional Approach to Garden Design
Thu, Feb 23 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room

Artist, art educator and author, Mosaic Garden Projects

Mosaic Garden Beauty: Getting Started on 2D Mosaic Art
Wed, Feb 22 at 6:45 pm / DIY Stage
Mosaic Garden Beauty: Making 3D Mosaic Art
Thu, Feb 23 at 10:00 am / DIY Stage

Designer, horticulturist & author, Perennial Combinations

Evolving Gardens: Reimaging a World of Design Inspirations
Wed, Feb 22 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room
Redefining Right Plant/Right Place: A Gardener’s Ecology
Thu, Feb 23 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room

Designer and Principle, Plantswoman Design and 2017 NWFGS Garden Creator

Small Garden, Big Impact
Fri, Feb 24 at 6:45 pm / Hood Room

WSU Asso. Professor and author, How Plants Work and The Informed Gardener

Home Grown Goodness: Keeping Your Vegetables—and Your Family—Safe
Thu, Feb 23 at 10:00 am / Hood Room
GARDEN 101
The Best Damn Garden Advice Ever
Thu, Feb 23 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Designer, Le Jardinet, and co-author, Fine Foliage and Gardening with Foliage First

Spring Container Fashion Show
Sun, Feb 26 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage

Designers and co-authors, Gardening with Foliage First and Fine Foliage

One Ingredient – Two Designer Recipes: Unique Ideas Using Foliage First
Wed, Feb 22 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room

Green Lifestyle Influencer, author, 101 Organic Garden Hacks and Grow a Living Wall

How to Do What You Love: Living with Arthritis as a Gardener
Sat, Feb 25 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room
Getting Vertical: Grow Dozens of Organic Plants in Only 2 Square Feet!
Sun, Feb 26 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room

Award-winning Seattle restaurant team, chef, author, radio host and organic farmers, Prosser Farm

The Learning Curve: An Interview with Tom Douglas and Jackie Cross on Prosser Farm
Sat, Feb 25 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room

Blogger, ThatBloominGarden.com and Vancouver, BC Master Gardener

How to Create a Successful Kitchen Garden Year Round
Thu, Feb 23 at 6:45 pm / Hood Room

Designer and owner, Bloomtown Gardens and founder, eGardenGo

The Building Blocks of Successful Planting Design
Sat, Feb 25 at 10:00 am / Hood Room
Honing In on the Best Plants for Your Garden
Sun, Feb 26 at 11:15 am / Hood Room
Book signing Thu, Jan 1 at 12:00am

Best-selling author, The Well-Tended Perennial Garden and The Well-Designed Mixed Garden

The Well-Designed Mixed Garden
Thu, Feb 23 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room
The Art of Pruning Perennials – Revisited
Fri, Feb 24 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room

Designer and ecological gardening educator and co-author, The Bee-Friendly Garden

How to Design Bee-Friendly Flower Gardens
Sat, Feb 25 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room
Garden 101
Gardening for Pollinators
Sun, Feb 26 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Master Gardener and owner, Toni Gattone & Associates

You Can Garden for Life! With Adaptive Gardening
Fri, Feb 24 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room
The Movable Feast: Growing Great Edibles in Containers
Sat, Feb 25 at 11:15 am / Hood Room

Garden designer, owner of Creative Gardener and author of The Herb Lovers Spa Book

Seasonings from the Garden
Thu, Feb 23 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage
GARDEN 101
Don’t Let Moving Scare the Plants Out of You!
Wed, Feb 22 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Garden coach, speaker, writer and president, Garden Mentors® Inc.

GARDEN 101
Don’t Let Moving Scare the Plants Out of You!
Wed, Feb 22 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room
GARDEN 101
The Best Damn Garden Advice Ever
Thu, Feb 23 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Educator, garden writer and designer, Perennial Partners

From Sidewalk to Treetop: Maximizing Space in the Garden
Thu, Feb 23 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room
Building Bodacious Borders: The Art of Making Plant Combinations
Fri, Feb 24 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room

Plantsman, author, plant collector, lecturer

Creating a Low-Mow, High-Life Meadow in the Pacific Northwest
Wed, Feb 22 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room

Arborist and owner, Maples for All Seasons

The Art of Pruning Japanese Maples
Thu, Feb 23 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage

Founder and owner of Crown Bees and co-author, The Mason Bee Revolution

The Mason Bee Revolution: Preserving Our Food Supply One Garden at a Time
Wed, Feb 22 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room

Author, The Chinese Kitchen Garden

Beyond Bok Choy: Mastering Delicious Asian Edible Gardening and Cooking
Sat, Feb 25 at 7:00 pm / Rainier Room
Beyond Bok Choy: How Do You Prepare That?
Sun, Feb 26 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage

Floral photographer and instructor based in Alaska and Florida

Your Garden from a Floral Photographer’s Perspective
Thu, Feb 23 at 7:00 pm / Rainier Room

Owners, Lael’s Moon Garden Nursery, Rochester, WA

Colorful Conifers and Companions
Wed, Feb 22 at 10:00 am / Hood Room

2017 Show Judge, Co-Producer and Host, “Growing a Greener World® TV”

The $25 Victory Garden Challenge: Grow a Garden to Feed Your Family on $25 or less
Wed, Feb 22 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room
Behind the Scenes at The Farm Garden from PBS’ “Growing a Greener World® TV”
Fri, Feb 24 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room

Pollinator Conservation Co-Director, Xerces Society and co-author, Gardening for Butterflies 

Good Bugs vs Bad Bugs: Maximizing Safe, Beneficial Pest Control in Your Garden
Sat, Feb 25 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room
Garden 101
Gardening for Pollinators
Sun, Feb 26 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Horticulturist, blogger and radio host, SowandDipity.com

The Perfect Plants for Brown Thumbs: Terrariums, Aeriums, Aquariums, Oh My!
Wed, Feb 22 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage
The Perfect Plants for Brown Thumbs: Terrariums, Aeriums, Aquariums, Oh My!
Thu, Feb 23 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage

Columnist and best-selling author, Teaming with Microbes and Teaming with Fungi

Fungus Among Us: Teaming with Mycorrhizal Fungi!
Fri, Feb 24 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room

Award-winning garden writer and speaker

Small Trees Play Big Roles
Wed, Feb 22 at 11:15 am / Hood Room
GARDEN 101
The Best Damn Garden Advice Ever
Thu, Feb 23 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

UW Professor of Wildlife Science and author, Welcome to Subirdia

GARDEN 101
Paradise Paved – Restoring Vital Habitat for Wildlife
Fri, Feb 24 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Co-owner, Seattle Urban Farm Co and co-author, High-Yield Garden Planner

Drip Irrigation for the Vegetable Garden and Landscape
Sun, Feb 26 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room

Naturalist with National Wildlife Federation and author, Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife
Sat, Feb 25 at 6:45 pm / Hood Room
Garden 101
Gardening for Pollinators
Sun, Feb 26 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Biologist, geologist, and co-authors, The Hidden Half of Nature

Food for the Soil: The Relationship Between Soil Life, Plant Health and Nutrition
Wed, Feb 22 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room
A Journey to the Heart of Your Garden and Your Gut
Sat, Feb 25 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room

Radio, TV host, columnist, gardening celebrity and author, Ask Ciscoe

True Confessions: Stories from the Garden
Sat, Feb 25 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room

Soil scientist and author, Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach

The Down and Dirty: Soil Building Secrets for Greener Gardens and Farms
Sun, Feb 26 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room

2017 Show Judge, designer and author The Professional Designer’s Guide to Garden Furnishings

Dining Out: Gardens to Dine For
Wed, Feb 22 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room
Garden Evolution: A Designer’s 25-Year Landscape Challenge
Thu, Feb 23 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room

Radio and TV host and author, Foodscaping and Urban Gardening for Dummies

Get Ready to Start Your Own Seeds
Sat, Feb 25 at 6:45 pm / DIY Stage
Get Ready to Start Your Own Seeds
Sun, Feb 26 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage

Founder and Executive Director, Farmer Frog and author, Rain Gardens for the Pacific NW

Designing a Show Stopping Rain Garden
Fri, Feb 24 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room

Executive Director and Operations Director, Farmer Frog

Build a Pallet Planter Box for Food or Habitat Plants
Sun, Feb 26 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage

Horticulturist, arborist and co-author, Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening

How to Prune…So You Don’t Have to Prune so Often
Fri, Feb 24 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage
Month-by-Month Gardening in the Pacific Northwest
Sun, Feb 26 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room

Creator Slowflowers.com and author, Slow Flowers

Blooming Beauty: 10 Tips, Tricks and Ideas for the DIY Floral Designer
Wed, Feb 22 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage

Syndicated columnist and author, Grow Fruit Naturally and Landscaping with Fruit

Fruits for Small Gardens
Thu, Feb 23 at 11:15 am / Hood Room
Luscious Landscaping with Fruiting Trees, Shrubs and Vines
Fri, Feb 24 at 11:15 am / Hood Room

Instructor of Sogetsu School of Ikebana in Seattle

Ikebana as a Healing Art
Thu, Feb 23 at 6:45 pm / DIY Stage

Blogger, GardenTherapy.ca and author, Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects 

Crafting Your Own Handmade Seed Paper
Fri, Feb 24 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage
Crafting Your Own Handmade Seed Paper
Sat, Feb 25 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage

Author, Growing Roses in the Pacific Northwest

Better Together: Using Roses in the Landscape
Wed, Feb 22 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room
GARDEN 101
Grow Gorgeous Roses
Sat, Feb 25 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Blogger, PersonalGardenCoach.com and co-author, Fine Foliage and Gardening with Foliage First

GARDEN 101
Don’t Let Moving Scare the Plants Out of You!
Wed, Feb 22 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Licensed Electrical Engineer, NAC Architecture

Got Drama? Garden and Landscape Lighting Basics
Fri, Feb 24 at 7:00 pm / Rainier Room

Healthy soil evangelists and founders, Hendrikus Group and Hendrikus Organics

Soil Mastery: The Key to Growing Outrageously Nutritious Plants
Thu, Feb 23 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room
Grow Your Health: The True Taste of Vitality
Fri, Feb 24 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room

Owner, Sedum Chicks, Salem, Oregon

Go Vertical: Framed Art with Hardy Succulents
Fri, Feb 24 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage
Colorful Living Wreaths with Hardy Outdoor Succulents
Sat, Feb 25 at 10:00 am / DIY Stage

Owner, The Essence of the Tree

Creating Container Gardens with Japanese Maples
Wed, Feb 22 at 10:00 am / DIY Stage

Horticulturist, former Director of New Plants for Monrovia Growers

Shop with a Pro: Nick’s Plant Picks from the Garden Show’s Plant Market
Wed, Feb 22 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage
Lasting Legacy: New and Recent Plant Introductions That Stay the Course
Thu, Feb 23 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage

Landscape designer, Second Nature Garden Design, photographer and author, Real Gardens Grow Natives

GARDEN 101
Paradise Paved – Restoring Vital Habitat for Wildlife
Fri, Feb 24 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Blogger, FreshEggsDaily.com and best-selling author, Fresh Eggs Daily and Gardening with Chickens

Fresh Eggs Daily: Gardening with Chickens
Thu, Feb 23 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room
Introduction to Natural Chicken Keeping
Fri, Feb 24 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room

Curator, Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden and co-author, Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns

Great Plant Picks: Bright Ideas for Shade
Sun, Feb 26 at 4:15 pm / Hood Room
GARDEN 101
Paradise Paved – Restoring Vital Habitat for Wildlife
Fri, Feb 24 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Former owner, Succulent Garden Nursery and author, Succulents: The Ultimate Guide

Planting and Maintaining a Vertical Succulent Garden
Thu, Feb 23 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room
Growing Gorgeous Succulents in the Northwest
Fri, Feb 24 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room

Owner/farmer at The Roost at Roddy Creek and author, Real Food from a Real Farm

Vegetable Gardening in the Drizzly Northwest
Wed, Feb 22 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage

Co-author, Gardening for the Homebrewer and blogger, Rainyside.com

Toasting Your Health: From Your Garden to Your Glass
Thu, Feb 23 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room

Author, Cool Season Gardener and Edible Heirlooms

Eat Your Year: Month-by-Month Actions for Continuous Edibles
Wed, Feb 22 at 6:45 pm / Hood Room

Adult Education Coordinator, Seattle Tilth

Herbal Infusions and Medicinal Salves from the Garden
Fri, Feb 24 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage
Preserving the Harvest: Make Homemade Pickles
Sat, Feb 25 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage

Author, Rock Gardening and Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener

Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener
Thu, Feb 23 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room
Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style
Fri, Feb 24 at 10:00 am / Hood Room

Owner, Wild Birds Unlimited, Gig Harbor

The Bees and the Birds: Gardening for Orchard Mason Bees and Backyard Birds
Fri, Feb 24 at 10:00 am / DIY Stage

Director and Curator, JC Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina

Living Art: Planting for Architectural Interest
Wed, Feb 22 at 7:00 pm / Rainier Room

ARS Master Rosarian and president, Kitsap County Rose Society

GARDEN 101
Grow Gorgeous Roses
Sat, Feb 25 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Horticulturist, educator and author, Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail

Backyard Foraging: Gathering from the Garden
Sat, Feb 25 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room
The Blended Garden: Discover Plants that Do Double Duty
Sun, Feb 26 at 10:00 am / Hood Room

Consulting Rosarian, director, Biltmore International Rose trials and author, Everyday Roses

Pruning Garden Roses Simplified
Sun, Feb 26 at 10:00 am / DIY Stage
GARDEN 101
Grow Gorgeous Roses
Sat, Feb 25 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room
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