Book Signings Galore at Garden Show Seminars

Book Signings Galore at Garden Show Seminars


One of the most popular features of the extensive Seminar Program at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is the author Book Signing Station. Show audiences can meet up with the many speakers who are authors, purchase their books, and have them personally autographed. Autographed garden books make a wonderful gift to your gardening friends!


The show has once again teamed up with University Book Store for the Book Signing Station. And now it is conveniently located right outside the Rainier Room in the new Conference Center, which is now home to all the seminar stages – the Rainier Room, Hood Room and the Smith & Hawken DIY Stage.


The garden show has a strong commitment to supporting garden writers. We will have 62 book signings in all this year, and quite a few of these books are making their debut at the garden show. Attendees can be the first to take advantage of the sage advice and enjoyable reading as they get started on their spring gardening and planting.


The garden show will be premiering the book launch for Graham Kerr’s latest book “Growing at the Speed of Life – A Year in the Life of My First Kitchen Garden.” It will not be released until March 1 but the garden show is receiving advance copies from Penguin Books. Graham, known and loved by millions as the former “Galloping Gourmet,” will be speaking twice at the show on Saturday, February 26. He now resides in Mount Vernon, and he’s discovered the enjoyment of edible gardening in a very big way.


Two of our Show Judges will be signing their books after their seminars. Nancy Goslee Power, based in Santa Monica, California, published a new monograph, Power of Gardens (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2009), which received a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association. And Panayoti Kelaidis is the author of Flourish: A Visionary Garden in the American West (3D Press, 2009).


We’re also pleased to be bringing a number of first-time authors to the show with recently released books.  Andrea Bellamy, creator of, is the author of Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden, released by Timber Press in December. Ivette Soler is a Los Angeles-based landscape designer and the author of The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden, a Timber Press book slated for release next month.


Arden Bucklin-Sporer is the co-author of the new groundbreaking resource, How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers, recently released by Timber Press. Arden has worked with green schoolyards and public school gardens for over a decade.


Susan Morrison is a garden writer and landscape designer and owner of Creative Exteriors Landscape Design based in Northern California. Rebecca Sweet, also based in Northern California, is a designer and the owner of Harmony In The Garden. They are the co-authors of Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces, to be released by Cool Springs Press just before the show. 


Lisa Taylor is Education Program Manager for Seattle Tilth. She spends most days growing and eating plants with children. She is the author of Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals, to be published by Black Dog & Leventhal and launching at the show.


Jayme Jenkins owns aHa! Modern Living, an online store specializing in stylish, modern home décor and garden accessories. She co-authored another soon-to-be-released Cool Springs book, titled Garden Rules: The Snappy Synopsis for the Modern Gardener. Jayme will be speaking with Teresa O’Connor, co-author of Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food, a Cool Springs 2010 release.


David George Gordon, who will be cooking bugs on the Sprout Stage for the kids (seriously!) as well as speaking on “Forging a Lasting Peace with Slugs,” is the author of the new Sasquatch book, The Secret World of Slugs and Snails. The New York Times called his earlier Field Guide to the Slug “gripping,” citing its “almost breathtaking” account of snail sex. This is a hilarious must-read for all Pacific Northwesterners plagued by their nemesis, the slug.


Roanne Robbins launched her Rhode-Island-based company, Nature Contained, in 2005 to offer creative container plantings, small space gardens, and floral designs for events, holidays and everyday home décor. She is also the co-author of Continuous Container Gardens: Swap in the Plants of the Season to Create Fresh Designs Year Round, a new Storey Publishing release making its debut at the show.


Alexandra Hedin, Lifestyle and Entertaining expert for ABC and FOX affiliates in Seattle and Portland, and Style Editor for 425 Magazine, is the author of Entertaining at Home: Inspiration, Recipes, and Crafts for Creating a Lovely Life, launched by Sea Script Press last November.


Matthew Levesque is the founding manager of San Francisco’s Building Resources, the Bay Area’s only nonprofit architectural salvage and reuse center, which he continues to run. Matthew is the author of The Revolutionary Yardscape: Repurposing Local Materials to Create Containers, Pathways, Lighting and More, released by Timber Press last year.


In December, Meredith Books/Better Homes & Gardens published Rose Gardening by rose expert and American Rose Society president, Jeff Wyckoff. Jeff lives locally in Des Moines, so his advice on growing roses is not only timely, he knows the conditions that Northwest rose growers face. Sarah Reichard is a Professor at the University of Washington and is Associate Director of its Botanic Garden. Her newest book is The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic, just released by University of California Press.


We will also have some authors speaking for the first time at the garden show and their books may be new to show attendees. David Mizejewski is a media personality, author, blogger and a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. He is the author of Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife, (Creative Homeowner, 2004). Mary Lou Sanelli is the author of seven poetry collections and a recent book of essays, Falling Awake (Aequitas Books, 2007), selected as “one of the most fabulous 2008 Northwest titles” by Seattle reviewer Lesley Thomas. She is also the author of Women in the Garden (PleasureBoat Studio, 2001) and Among Friends: A Memoir (Aequitas Books, 2009). Mary Lou’s must-see seminars will be dramatic pieces of performance that will leave you smiling and pondering and incredibly satisfied from the richness of the experience. We’ll also have Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden (Skipstone Press, 2009) by first-time speaker Bill Thorness. If you want to discover the best heirloom vegetables right for our climate, this is your seminar.


Other relatively new books by garden show speakers include The Green Gardener’s Guide: Simple, Significant Actions to Protect and Preserve our Planet (Cool Springs Press, 2008); by “Growing a Greener World” TV host Joe Lamp’l; Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designers (Timber Press, 2010) by Vanessa Gardner Nagel, APLD; and The Gossler Guide to the Best Hardy Shrubs, by Roger Gossler.


And of course we cannot forget our local gardening celebrities who never fail to entertain show audiences, speakers that I like to think of as ‘the usual suspects.’ These include Ciscoe Morris, Val Easton, Lucy Hardiman, Marianne Binetti, Marty Wingate, Lorene Edwards Forkner, Debra Prinzing, Cass Turnbull, Ed Hume, Linda Chalker-Scott, Beth Evans-Ramos and Christina Pfeiffer, who will all be signing books after their seminars.


For the complete Book Signing Schedule you can go to our website at And don’t forget, because we are in our spacious new digs at the Conference Center, those pesky Seminar Passes are NO LONGER REQUIRED! So check out the entire seminar schedule in the Seattle Times Show Guide (published Monday, February 21 for home delivery subscribers). And LOOK AT THE MAP to see how to get to the new seminar location! – Janet

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