Food for Thought: Eat Your Vegetables – Part 2

Food for Thought: Eat Your Vegetables – Part 2

The entire seminar schedule is now posted on the garden show’s website (YAY!) and we hope you will like the newly redesigned look for the ease of reading. Click on a speakers’ name, and you’ll find their complete biography and more detailed seminar descriptions.

Today we bring you the 2nd part of our seminar spotlight on edible gardening. The pantry is overflowing with some great speakers and you’ll be able to find many seminars addressing your edible gardening needs. From designing your garden, starting your seeds, preventing diseases, or harvesting your crop, it’s all on our seminar stages.


Willi Evans Galloway – Author, “Grow. Cook. Eat: A Food Lover’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening”
Willi 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 in January, 2012. She writes about kitchen gardening and seasonal cooking on her popular blog, DigginFood and pens the weekly column, ‘The Gardener,’ on Apartment Therapy’s Re-Nest blog. Each Tuesday morning, Willi offers vegetable gardening advice on Seattle’s popular NPR call-in show, Greendays. She also teaches a joint gardening and cooking class with chef Matthew Dillon at the Corson Building in Seattle and hosts an online garden to table cooking show, Grow. Cook. Eat., with her husband, Jon. Willi was the West Coast Editor of Organic Gardening magazine from 2003 to 2009. She lives and gardens in Portland, Oregon.

Oh, Grow Up!
Get More Food by Growing Up with DIY Trellises
Wed, Feb 8 at 2 pm / DIY Stage
Growing up is the easiest way to squeeze more food into a small vegetable garden. In this hands-on workshop Willi will demonstrate how to make a super sturdy tomato cage, a pretty bamboo cage for supporting peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants, and an A-frame that cucumbers and peas love to scramble up. All of these projects can be built with basic hand tools (a power drill is optional!) and are perfect for people—like Willi—who are DIY challenged.


Find out how you can be one of four lucky garden show attendees to get a front-row VIP seat to “Oh, Grow Up!” plus an autographed copy of Willi’s new book. Just go to the Subaru garden on the skybridge Wednesday before the seminar for more information.


Grow. Cook. Eat.
Gourmet Vegetable Gardening Made Easy
Thurs, Feb 9 at 1:30 pm / Hood Room
Did you know that you can eat radish pods? Or pea shoots? Or arugula blossoms? Well you can! Gardeners have an opportunity to harvest and eat tons of “delicious extras” and this photo-filled lecture is designed to help you explore the diverse range of food in your garden. Many crops can be eaten at more than one stage of growth or have several edible parts, including fruit, roots, leaves, flower buds, and seed pods. You’ll learn how to harvest crops like garlic scapes and green coriander and discover delicious and beautiful vegetable varieties that perform well in the Pacific Northwest.


Amy Ockerlander – Garden Educator at Seattle Tilth
Amy Ockerlander is a Garden Educator at Seattle Tilth.  She teaches classes on a variety of topics including organic vegetable gardening, integrated pest management, perennial food gardening, rain water harvesting and permaculture design. Her professional background includes public education in the arts, five years as a staff horticulturalist on the Garden Hotline and nearly 10 years in the nursery trade. She is also an active member of her community garden and an apprentice beekeeper. Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources.

Sustainable Container Gardening
Big Harvests with Low Resources the Sustainable Way
Sun, Feb 12 at 3:30 pm / DIY Stage
Container Gardens are essential for city folks interested in growing a little food of their own.  Whether you’re growing a micro-salad garden or patio fruit trees, this demonstration will offer ideas on how to keep your garden big on harvests but low on resources.  Learn to create your own rich compost from food scraps to revitalize your potting soil, instead of buying new soil every year.  See how easy it is to start your own veggies with seeds you saved from last year’s crop.  Discover some homemade bug busters for keeping slugs and other critters away from your greens.


Teresa O’Connor – Blogger, & co-author, “Grocery Gardening”
Teresa O’Connor is an author and speaker about gardening, food and folklore. Trained as a Master Gardener in California and Idaho, she has written for Fine Gardening, Coastal Home, Horticulture and Gardening How-To Magazine. Teresa co-authored “Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food,” (Cool Springs Press, 2010). She also co-hosted a popular podcast for Horticulture Magazine called “Nest in Style on Horticulture Radio.” (Find it on iTunes.) Thousands know Teresa as Seasonal Wisdom from Twitter, Facebook and her blog, which TV personality/tastemaker P. Allen Smith called one of “Ten Great Garden Blogs” for 2011.

The Allure of Edible Flowers
How to Grow, Harvest, Cook & Enjoy Edible Flowers
Thurs, Feb 9 at 9:30 am / Hood Room
The Ancient Romans ate them. So did Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, and Queen Elizabeth I back in the 16th century. Eating flowers isn’t a foodie fad. History shows it’s a centuries-old culinary tradition still enjoyed around the world. Many of these flowers are easy to grow; some might be growing in your garden right now. Along with eye-opening historical facts, this lively presentation explains how to…
**Grow eight easy edible flowers in your garden (and get names of other common edible flowers)
**Harvest and store edible flowers successfully for the best flavor
**Cook with edible flowers (plus recipes!)
**Eat edible flowers safely (basic safety advice and helpful references provided)

Growing Food in Small Spaces
Tips & Techniques to Maximize Your Edible Garden Harvest
Fri, Feb 10 at 5:30 pm / Rainier Room
Don’t have much space, but want to grow food? No problem. By selecting the right plant varieties and growing spaces, you’ll be amazed at all the food you can grow in small spaces.  Along with lots of helpful tips, this practical presentation will teach how to …
**Select plants for small spaces, such as prolific patio tomatoes that grow two feet high or corn varieties that grow in pots
**Leverage trellises and other vertical support, plus illuminated, self-watering and other cool containers for growing food
**Learn from other small-space gardeners who are growing food everywhere from fire escapes to front porches
**Avoid the most common growing mistakes and enjoy a delicious harvest from your garden, regardless of the size


Lisa Taylor –Seattle Tilth Education Program Manager & author, “Your Farm in the City”
Lisa Taylor, author of Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2011), lives in Shoreline, Washington with her partner, son and 4 chickens on their city farm. She is Education Program Manager for Seattle Tilth and spends most days growing and eating plants with children. She is passionate about teaching children and their parents where their food comes from and how to care for living things. For Lisa, eating is the main reason for growing plants. Organic, local food never tasted better.

Eating Your Landscape
Exploring Edibles as Landscape Trees, Shrubs & Annuals
Sun, Feb 12 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room
Edible landscapes start in the vegetable garden but they needn’t end there. Explore how selecting edibles as landscape trees, shrubs and annuals can feed the family year round. In addition to traditional vegetable gardens, including multi-purpose elements in your plant selections creates a beautiful, flavorful landscape. Edible landscapes can also lead to healthier eating and cooking. Harvesting and preparing food from your landscape are wonderful family and community experiences. We’ll talk about organic gardening best practices and techniques that enrich the soil and foster biological diversity. We’ll explore the elements of an edible landscape and discuss criteria for selecting edibles. We will also talk about ways to eat your landscape and to preserve your harvest.


Bill Thorness – Author, “Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden”
Bill Thorness is a freelance garden writer and author of Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden (Skipstone Press, 2009). His work has appeared in the Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and many other regional publications. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Garden Writers Association.

Cool Season Edibles
How to Grow Veggies Year Round
Wed, Feb 8 at 3:15 pm / Hood Room
Put on your Kozy Koat and warm up to gardening during our cool seasons. Starting in early spring and picking up again in late fall, the kitchen garden can be producing a variety of delectable edibles. Expand your vegetable gardening year ’round and be serving up carrots on St. Patrick’s Day, peas at Thanksgiving, salad at the winter solstice and broccoli for Valentine’s Day. Along with insulated gloves, cool-season gardening requires a few specialized contraptions, different techniques and some extra planning. Learn what garden structures will protect your plants from winter and how to build them, proper timing and planting techniques, and what grows well in our mild maritime winter.


Wendy Tweten – Garden writer & columnist
For the past ten years Wendy Tweten has written articles on home and garden topics for many Northwest publications and websites, including Organic Gardening, Rainy Side Gardener website, Northwest Garden News. Master Gardener magazine, WestSound Home and Garden magazine, and Home by Design magazine, as well as being a regular columnist for the Kingston Community News. She is the voice of the popular “Miss Snippy” columns, where she imparts her gentle humor along with sound gardening advice. Wendy has spoken to many Kitsap County garden clubs. She is a member of the Garden Writers’ Association, and in 2010 addressed the GWA meeting at Portland’s Yard, Garden & Patio Show with three fellow bloggers, including Amy Stewart. The GWA awarded her a Gold in Electronic Media Writing in 2008, a Silver in Newspaper Writing in 2008, and a Silver in Newspaper Writing in 2009. Wendy trained in nursery management at South Seattle Community College and is an avid home gardener.

At Play in the Potager
Making Vegetable Gardening Fruitful and Fun
Thurs, Feb 9 at 7:15 pm / Hood Room
Let’s face it, growing our own vegetables – though rewarding in so many ways – is also work. So let’s make spending time in the veggie patch as fun and easy as possible. Simple techniques to make the job less demanding include:
**Growing vegetable in containers
**Row covers and season extenders
**Simple water systems with PVC pipe and soaker hoses
**Topdressing and cover crops
**Attracting beneficial insects
**Perennial and replantable crop

The best tip of all, however, is that the true joy of gardening comes from making the garden a place where you want to spend time. The point of any garden, after all, is to entertain the gardener! My favorite diversions include:
**Flowers in the veggie patch
**Herbs and flowers that reseed
**Try new things (even if they’re abject failures!)
**Listen to a good story/Podcast


Sue Goetz – Garden coach, designer, writer & speaker
Sue assists gardeners to create timeless gardens and outdoor living spaces with her business Creative Gardener. Her design work has earned gold medals at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and the Point Defiance Flower and Garden show as well as the Fine Gardening magazine “Best Design” award. Sue is certified as a professional horticulturist with the WSNLA, a board member of The Northwest Horticultural Society and a member of Garden Writers of America. Her garden writing includes a newspaper column “In the Garden” for the Peninsula Gateway and a regular contributor to West Sound Home and Garden magazine and The Tacoma News Tribune. Self-published author of the Creative Garden Guides Series: Herbs to see, to smell, to taste; In Love with Lavender; The Stillroom; and Floribunda. She lives and gardens in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Top Ten Multi-Purpose Herbs
Discover How to Grow & Use Wonderful Herbs
Sat, Feb 11 at 7 pm / DIY Stage
Top ten (and maybe a few bonus ones) herbs with diversity!  Start with their beauty in the landscape and then discover ways to use them. Create culinary treats, body care products and household remedies.  Growing hints, landscape design ideas and recipes included!


Mallory Gwynn – Portland TV host, “Simply Gardening”
Mallory’s connection to the gardening world began early. He was born in the middle of a strawberry harvest on his parents’ farm. His Mom and Dad had him out in the fields when he was only three days old. Mallory has grown up loving plants. He enjoys sharing what he knows with anyone who will listen. Mallory has 13 years of experience working the retail, wholesale and farming side of the nursery industry. In October 2002 Mallory first appeared on television on KPTV. His second TV debut involved having his own garden program, “Simply Gardening -Anybody Can Do It,” airing on Comcast channel CNW 14. Mallory has offered garden advice on KPAM 860 for eight years now. His “Simply Gardening Minute” is aired Monday through Saturday on the station. Mallory writes a monthly gardening column for The East County Gazette. He travels the Northwest speaking at numerous events including Portland’s Yard Garden & Patio Show and Seattle’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Mallory’s greatest passion in life is his family. He and wife Sheri raise five daughters on 2 -1/2 acres South of Portland.

Small Fruits & Berries for Small Spaces
Growing a Healthy Harvest on Patios & Balconies
Sat, Feb 11 at 11:15 am / DIY Stage
Grow your own favorite fruits and berries – no matter how big or small your property is.  You can grow these tasty beauties at your apartment or condo.  Handouts available with lanting information and plant types.

For the complete 2012 Seminar schedule, just go to our website. After you peruse the lineup of stellar speakers, you’re going to want to plan more than one day at the show! And did you know what a great deal our garden show tickets are? A 2- Day Pass is only $29. That’s 22 hours of education for little more than a dollar an hour! Good thing the seats in our new, spacious seminar rooms are twice as padded as the seats in our old location. Not to mention we no longer use those pesky seminar passes! ~ Janet


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