Every year the Northwest Flower & Garden Show brings three luminaries of the gardening world to serve as the Show Judges and Speakers. These judges award the Medal Awards to each show garden and vote on the coveted Founder’s Cup Award (Best in Show) and determine the American Horticulture Society Environmental Award.
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show proudly announces our 2015 Show Judges:
Anne Raver – Maryland
Anne Raver has been writing about gardening and the environment for 25 years. As an award-winning columnist and feature writer for Newsday and the New York Times, she moved to her family farm in Maryland and continued writing free-lance while growing heirloom tomatoes and garlic. Ann is a graduate of Oberlin College with a master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and a former Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Such credentials could only lead to writing a book like Deep in the Green (Vintage, 1996), a collection of essays about gardening and much more. Ms. Raver is currently working on another collection of essays about coming home to Maryland and a sixth-generation farm, preserved under the Maryland Environmental Trust. While tending the organic hayfields and acres of native grasses that help to clean the Bay, Anne is writing for the New York Times, County Gardens and Landscape Architecture.
Troy B. Marden – Nashville, Tennessee
With a career spanning more than 25 years, Troy Marden is a true Renaissance man in the world of horticulture and design. An award-winning garden and floral designer with a passion for plants, Troy’s career began as a teenager working in a retail nursery and garden center near his hometown in north central Kansas. His college years found him focusing heavily on greenhouse management and production. For the past 20 years, Troy has called Nashville home, venturing into the worlds of garden and floral design, special events, garden photography, writing, public speaking and television. He is watched each week by tens of thousands of viewers across the state of Tennessee on Nashville Public Television’s hit gardening show “Volunteer Gardener” and his gardens, floral design, writing and photography have appeared in both regional and national gardening magazines, including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Design, Southern Living, and Tennessee Gardener among others.
Linda Engstrom, FAPLD – Portland, OR
Linda Engstrom grew up on the East Coast near New York City, and earned a design degree from Cornell University. After marrying a fellow Cornellian, she moved to Lancaster, PA where she worked for eight years as a room designer for Armstrong World Industries. In 1973 she and her husband relocated to Oregon with their two sons and she received a degree in Landscape Design. In 1984 they established Cloudrest Vineyards on 12 acres of hillside property outside of Portland. Since 1984 Linda has traveled and photographed gardens in England, France, Japan, Italy, Germany, and even Siberia. She is the principal of Garden Aesthetics, a Portland-based garden design firm, and a certified member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, having served on the APLD Board of Directors as both webmaster and President (2003). In 2008 she was honored to be granted fellowship by the APLD. Linda continues to teach in the Landscape Design program at Portland Community College, and offer sketching and design workshops at her home studio.
Each of our three Show Judges will also be Speakers in our acclaimed seminar series – all FREE with a ticket! Here’s our 2014 lineup and so you can see how our attendees dug into our great gardening education that inspired them to turn their garden dreams into reality!