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).
The Northwest Flower & Garden Show proudly announces our 2013 Show Judges:
Rosemary Alexander is a garden designer, author and the Founder and Principle of The English Gardening School in Great Britain. Rosemary was the first woman elected a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers. For eleven years she was tenant of the National Trust property Stoneacre, near Maidstone, Kent where she transformed the gardens. Rosemary is the author of five books, including The Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook (Timber Press, 2006), The Garden Maker’s Manual (Conran Octopus, 2005) and the Essential Garden Design Workbook, (Timber Press, 2004), which won eight Silver Awards by the Garden Writers Association.
Susan Cohan, APLD
Susan Cohan left a successful career in the fashion industry and founded New Jersey-based Susan Cohan Gardens in 2003. She holds an honors certificate in garden design from the English Gardening School and certificates in horticulture and landscape design from Rutgers University. In addition to her popular design blog, ‘Miss Rumphius’ Rules,’ Susan is a contributing editor for Horticulture and is a cofounder/editor of ‘Leaf, the newly-created online garden design magazine. Susan certified through the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and serves on its International Board of Directors as its Technology Chair.
Thomas Hobbs is an internationally acclaimed impresario of garden and floral design. He was “born obsessed with plants” and had his first greenhouse at age six. He owns and operates the acclaimed Southlands Nursery in Vancouver, Canada. He is also the author of Shocking Beauty (Periplus Editions, 1999), the bestselling celebration of dramatic garden design and the critically acclaimed The Jewel Box Garden (Timber Press, 2006). His private garden and nursery have been featured in Gardens Illustrated, Horticulture, House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens and Garden Design and on Martha Stewart Living television.
All Show Judges will be speaking at the garden show on February 20 and 21. Check back in October for the complete seminar schedule, and follow us on our Facebook page for all the latest garden show news.