Discover New Books at Garden Show

Discover New Books at Garden Show

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show has a strong commitment to supporting garden writers, giving them a platform to share their words of wisdom with beginning and well seasoned gardeners alike. This coming show is no exception, as we have 17 authors with recent books published that will be making their debut appearance at the garden show.


We are again partnering with University Book Store to handle all the author books signings, which is conveniently located in the Conference Center right near our three seminar rooms – the Rainier Room, the Hood Room and the DIY Stage. After listening to a favorite speaker, you can trot over to the book singing station to peruse their books and have them signed by your favorite author.



Show Judge Stephen Orr’s new book, Tomorrow’s Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening (Rodale Press, 2011), is receiving accolades for his keen eye for aesthetics coupled with his strong concern for the environment and sustainable gardening. His book showcases 14 gardens that exemplify  organic gardening and earth-friendly practices, without sacrificing beauty.


In late 2010 Rosalind Creasy, also serving as a 2012 Show Judge and Speaker, published an all-new, updated version of her grounding breaking 1982 book, The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping (Sierra Club Books). A landscape architect and garden designer as well as a prolific author, she is considered the leading authority of edible garden design. Her two seminarsd will focus on edible landscaping as the new American garden, and the heirloom garden, using time-tested vegetables and herbs for your home garden and kitchen.


Jamie Durie is a horticulturalist and landscape designer and founder and Director of the international award-winning company DURIE DESIGN (PATIO Landscape Architecture & Design). He is a television host and producer, the author of 8 best-selling titles on his design work, including Outside (Harper Collins, 2008), and The Outdoor Room (Allen & Unwin, 2007). His seminar, “The Human Garden” will show you how to make the most of your outdoor spaces to increase your enjoyment.


Jennifer Bartley, from Granville, Ohio, is the author, illustrator and photographer of Designing the New Kitchen Garden (Timber Press, 2006). She spent two years planting, growing, harvesting, creating recipes, eating and then photographing home grown food for her new book, The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook (Timber Press, 2010). She is passionate about creating outdoor garden spaces that are well designed, functional and beautiful – gardens that feed the soul as well as the stomach.


Barbara Wise is known to her legions of fans on Twitter as @bwisegardens. Her book, Container Gardening for All Seasons: 101 Plant Recipes for Year-Round Color, will be published by Cool Springs Press just before the show, so attendees will be the firat to see it. Barbara has a lot of experience in designing container gardens, since she does about 400 every year at the Southern Land Company, in Tennessee. Attendees will love her southern charm and down-home advice along with her knock-your-socks-off plant combos.


If you are a fan of conifers, then Richard Bitner’s two seminars will be a must-see for you. Timber Press released his latest book, Designing with ConifersThe Best Choices for Year-round Interest in Your Garden in spring of 2011. He is also the author of the best-selling Conifers for Gardens :An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Timber Press, 2007) and Timber Press Pocket Guide to Conifers (Timber Press, 2010). In addition to being a garden writer and photographer, in his “spare time” Richard is Dr. Bitner – a practicing board-certified anesthesiologist.


Diane Ott Whealy is the co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange and presently serves as Vice President.  For more than 35 years, Diane has been a national leader in the heirloom seed movement and a strong advocate for the protection of the earth’s rare genetic food stocks. Seed Savers Exchange has more than 13,000 members, made up of gardeners, orchardist, chefs and plant collectors, dedicated to the preservation and distribution of heirloom vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs. Diane has just published Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver (Seed Savers Exchange, 2011) in which tells the fascinating story of how the dream of two people became with the help of likeminded people the extraordinary organization SSE is today. 



Jessica Bloom is an award-winning garden designer (capturing an unprecedented six awards with her 2010 show garden) who practices what she preaches – in this case, chicken-friendly gardening.  Her book, Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard will be released by Timber Press just before the show. Jessi will be doing a two-part seminar, “What the Cluck?” part one will focus on keeping chickens and their egg-laying habits, and Part 2 will give you tips on the most chicken-friendly plants for your garden. You simply haven’t really tasted eggs until you’ve tasted fresh eggs laid hours before you cook them.


Willi Evans Galloway is an award-winning writer and radio commentator and author of the new book, Grow. Cook. Eat: A Food Lover’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening, to be published by Sasquatch Books in January, 2012. She also hosts an online garden-to-table cooking show, Grow. Cook. Eat., with her husband, Jon. Many fans know Willi as the West Coast Editor of Organic Gardening magazine, which she did from 2003 to 2009.


Show Attendees are sure to remember the hugely popular “pickup truck garden” that Colin McCrate, founder and co-owner of the nationally recognized Seattle Urban Farm Company (SUFCo) created for the 2010 show. An old pickup truck was turned into an edible garden and chicken coop, winning a Gold Medal and the Pacific Horticulture Magazine Award. Colin and SUFCo co-owner Brad Halm will have a book on home vegetable gardening for beginners, Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Crops at Home, to be published in April of 2012 by Skipstone Press. (Note, we’ve just received word from Skipstone that due to unforseen delays, Colin’s book won’t be out in time for the show. But his seminars will still be a harvest of great edible gardening ideas!)


Annette Cottrell is the co-author of The Urban Farm Handbook: City Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading, and Preparing What You Eat, just released from Skipstone. Annette has gardened and canned for a hobby farm for more than twenty years. In 2008, she developed a “midlife food crisis” and, as a result, stopped buying industrial food and transformed her 1/5-acre city lot into an edible oasis and urban farm. She has since moved on to small acreage just outside the city where she raises food for a handful of Seattle-area families.


With more than 25 years of wilderness travel under her boots and kayak hull—including hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and kayaking solo from Ketchikan, Alaska, to Washington—writer Jennifer Hahn relies on wild harvesting to keep her pack and kayak light. Her latest book, Pacific Feast: A Cook’s Guide to West Coast Foraging (Skipstone Press/Mountaineers Books, 2010) with the companion work Pacific Coast Foraging Guide: 40 Wild Foods from Beach, Field and Forest made the best-seller’s List for NW Indy Bookstores. In her seminar at the show, Jennifer will show you what you can grow to have your own ‘wild edible backyard’ – without leaving home.



Seattle Times garden columnist Val Easton’s latest book from Sasquatch Books will be hot off the presses at the garden show. Petal and Twig: Seasonal Bouquets with Blossoms, Branches and Grasses from Your Garden. If you follow Val’s blog, you’ve seen her beautiful floral bouquets, with vivid colors (Val is a big fan of the color orange) and unusual plant combinations. Now her new book shares her secrets for creating bold bouquets to grave your own home for any occasion.


Author, speaker and avid gardener/cook, Lorene Edwards Forkner revels in the seasonal pleasures and broad scope of gardening life that the Pacific Northwest affords. (And she will soon be taking on the exciting new job as editor of Pacific Horticulture magazine.) Lorene is the author of Handmade Garden Projects: Step by Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More (Timber Press, 2011). A designer’s eye for re-purposing objects and a keen sense of conservation and thrift infuse her every effort with personality, wit and sustainability.



We are hearing so much about privacy issues these days, but author Marty Wingate shows you how to achieve much-valued privacy in your own backyard. You no longer have to stare at unsightly views of your neighbor’s junk with Marty’s sage advice.  Her latest book, Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Spaces into a Peaceful Retreat, was just released by Timber Press last month. She’ll show you how to buffer sound, prevent trespassing, screen unwanted views, and create windbreaks. Her two seminars at the show will give you detailed advice on those issues, and more.


David Deardorff, PhD and Kathryn Wadsworth are free-lance writers and photographers, who travel extensively to hold popular workshops and lectures across the country. They are the authors of What’s Wrong With My Plant (And How Do I Fix It?) (Timber Press, 2009) and Sustainable Solutions. in The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening (Timber Press, 2011). Their latest book, What’s Wrong With My Vegetable Garden?: 100% Organic Solutions for All Your Vegetables, from Artichoke to Zucchini, was released by Timber Press in December. David and Kathryn take scientific knowledge and translate it into valuable know-how so you can have a more productive edible garden.


These are just some of the exciting new books our show attendees can collect at the 2012 garden show. We’ll have 63 author book signings in total, giving you the chance to meet your favorite author and take home a cherished autographed book. Be sure to review the entire Seminar Schedule and plan your garden show days so you won’t miss any of these great speakers! ~ Janet

  • Sharyn Thimmesch
    Posted at 22:27h, 10 January Reply

    I am hoping that the new Sunset Western Garden Book will be available for purchase. Will we be able to purchase it at the show this year?

    • Janet
      Posted at 03:41h, 11 January Reply

      I’m looking into this to see if University Book Store will have copies for sale. But you CAN get an advance copy at our garden show #nwfgs Tweetup in our swag bags! Register here:

  • Janet
    Posted at 18:50h, 18 January Reply

    Hi Sharon – Just got word from University Book Store – They WILL have the brand new Sunset Western Garden Book, on SALE for 20% off, and the editor, Kathy Brenzel, will be signing books at the University Book Store booth on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. ~ Janet

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