Show Judges

Each Garden Show brings us an opportunity to select three prestigious individuals from the landscape design and horticulture industry to come together and award the medals to each show garden, to vote on the coveted Founder’s Cup Award (Best in Show), and to determine the American Horticulture Society Environmental Award winner. These judges will also be speakers in the Show’s seminar series.

Without further ado, here are the 2017 Northwest Flower & Garden Show Judges!

Sheila A Brady

FASLA, Principal/Vice President, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Inc.,

Washington, DC

Sheila Brady, a recognized leader and innovator in the field of landscape architecture, has nearly 30 years of tenure with OvS. Her award-winning design approach demonstrates a sensitive response to a site’s natural environment and context. Ms. Brady maintains a broad public, private, and residential client base. Her design credits include the Native Plant Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, Gardens of the Great Basin at Chicago Botanic Garden, the World War II National Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, and an expansive collection of residential gardens. Ms. Brady regularly lectures to audiences at the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Institute of Architects and has lectured at the Garden Conservancy’s Hollister House Garden Study Weekend, New York Botanical Garden, Phipps Conservatory, and Corcoran Gallery of Art. She previously taught landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. A Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Ms. Brady has a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, a Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University, and studied at the Corcoran School of Art.

Sheila will be giving 2 seminars at the show:

The Inspired Landscape: The New York Botanical Garden’s Native Plant Garden

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room

New American Gardens: A Regional Approach to Garden Design

Thursday, Feb 23 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room  

Joe Lamp’l

Executive Producer and Host, ‘Growing a Greener World TV’

Atlanta, Georgia

As one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in gardening and sustainability, that passion for living a greener life is evident to a nationwide audience who watches Joe in his current role as Executive Producer and Host of the award-winning PBS series, “Growing a Greener World”® and previously as host of “Fresh from the Garden” on DIY Network and GardenSMART.  Joe also shares his know-how on NBC’s TODAY SHOW, ABC’s Good Morning America, The Weather Channel and through his popular books, podcast series, nationally syndicated newspaper column and more. In 2011, The American Horticultural Society selected Joe as the recipient of the Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award, which recognizes effective and inspirational communication—through print, radio, television, and online media. In 2012 and 2014, the Garden Writers Association named Joe as Best On-Air Talent for Television.

Joe will be giving 2 seminars at the show:

The $25 Victory Garden Challenge: Grow a Garden to Feed Your Family on $25 or less

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room

Behind the Scenes at The Farm Garden from PBS’ “Growing a Greener World® TV”

Friday, Feb 24 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room

Vanessa Gardner Nagel

APLD, NCIDQ, Owner, Seasons Garden Design LLC,

Vancouver, WA

As the author of The Professional Designer’s Guide to Garden Furnishings (Timber Press, 2013) and Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designers (Timber Press, 2010), Vanessa Gardner Nagel’s books inspire amateur gardeners as well as professional designers and architects. She has written for Garden Design magazine as their garden furnishings expert. As an award-winning, professional landscape designer, Vanessa’s awards include those from Sunset Magazine and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. She turned her global interior design experience inside-out into landscape design and today, after more than 35 years as a designer, she designs eco-conscious gardens which integrate outside with inside and respond to each site. She speaks about gardens and design to groups across the country. A gardener for over 45 years, Vanessa’s own garden is featured in A Garden Makes a House a Home by Elvin MacDonald (The Monacelli Press, 2012). She is the owner of Seasons Garden Design in Vancouver, WA and was an Association of Professional Landscape Designers national board member for 5 years.

Vanessa will be giving 2 seminars at the show:

Dining Out: Gardens to Dine For

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Garden Evolution: A Designer’s 25-Year Landscape Challenge

Thursday, Feb 23 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Our three Show Judges will headline an amazing roster of speakers in our acclaimed Seminar Series, to be announced early October 2016. Your ticket to the Show includes all Seminars for FREE!  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram to see the latest and greatest updates from the team behind one of the largest Flower & Garden Shows in the world.