Food for Thought – Eat Your Vegetables – Part 3

Food for Thought – Eat Your Vegetables – Part 3

Still more speakers on the hot topic of edible gardening! You won’t want to miss a single one, but no matter what days you attend the show, you’ll find food for thought with these seminar speakers. And of course edibles also means fresh eggs, so we’ve even got seminars on keeping free-range chickens for those yearning for a chicken coop along with their urban farm.

You’ll find the entire seminar schedule now posted on our website, so peruse each day and see all the great education and entertainment that’s in store. And for you plant geeks, don’t worry – we’ve got plenty of seminars for you too. Just keep reading The Garden Show Blog for more highlights in the weeks to come.


Rosalind Creasy – 2012 Show Judge, author, “Edible Landscaping”
Ros Creasy has been considered the leading authority on edible landscaping since her groundbreaking book, The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping (Sierra Club Books, 1982).  It has become a contemporary classic, and was named one of the 75 Great American Garden Books by the American Horticultural Society. An all-new edition was published in November 2010 and is now in its third printing. In addition to all her books, Ros is a designer of landscapes that include edible, native and drought tolerant plants.  She is a winner of the Garden Writers of America’s award for excellence, and her articles have appeared in Organic Gardening, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Country Living Gardener, and Horticulture magazines. Ros is the author of the 1999 – 2000 Edible Gardening Series from Periplus Editions, which include The Edible Herb Garden, The Edible Flower Garden, The Edible Rainbow Garden, The Edible Heirloom Gardens and many others.

Edible Landscaping: The New American Garden
Grow Your Own Bountiful & Beautiful Garden
Wed, Feb 8 at 11:30 am / Rainier Room
Rosalind Creasy pioneered the concept of landscaping with edibles nearly 30 years ago. Now she brings updated information for today’s gardens based on her decades of research. And as a landscape architect, Ros not only grows a huge variety of edibles, but integrates them into amazing gardens that are as beautiful as they are bountiful. Find out how to grow delicious and nutritious edibles, no matter how large or small your garden. Be inspired to grow your own edible gardens that you, your family and your neighbors will love.

The Heirloom Garden
Time-tested Vegetables & Flowers for Home Gardens
Thurs, Feb 9 at 11:30 am / Rainier Room
Heirloom gardening helps preserve varieties of vegetables and flowers and is vital to environmental stewardship. But it’s also delicious and beautiful, as you can use a wide variety of heirloom plants in your garden. Edible gardening pioneer Rosalind Creasy talks about her favorite heirlooms and why you should grow them.


Jessica Bloom – Owner, NW Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes & author, “Chicken Gardens
Award winning landscape designer Jessica Bloom, is also a Certified Professional Horticulturalist and ISA Certified Arborist who strongly emphasizes ecological systems, sustainability and self sufficiency in her work. Author of Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard (Timber Press, 2012) also co-authored of The Wetland Handbook: A Community Guide to Growing Native Plants (King Conservation District, 1998) As lead designer and owner of Pacific Northwest based landscape design build firm N.W. Bloom – EcoLogical Landscapes, Jessica has built many popular display gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show winning Gold medals, the People’s Choice award as well as the American Horticultural Society Environmental Award, Pacific Horticulture Magazine Award, Sunset Western Living Award, and the 425 Magazine Editors Choice Award. Other significant awards include the 2008 Governor’s Award from the WA State Department of Ecology for sustainable practices and the Environmental Excellence Award from WA St Nursery & Landscape Association.


What the Cluck?! Part 1
Introduction to Keeping Chickens in your Garden
Fri, Feb 10 at 3:15 pm / Hood Room

If you have ever thought about keeping chickens, or you DO keep chickens but want to solve some common problems, this is a must-see seminar for you. Join award-winning designer Jessica Bloom as she gets you started on the road to successful chicken keeping.

What the Cluck?! Part 2
Great Plant Choices for Gardening with Chickens
Sat, Feb 11 at 1:30 pm / Hood Room

This is a “Great Chicken Plant Picks”!  Come and learn about the top 10 must-have plants that you and your chickens will love! Jessi has already tried out these plants on her own flock of chickens and they give them the cluck of approval.


Annette Cottrell – Author, “The Urban Farm Handbook”
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. She takes particular delight in proving how strong in-city food security can be, creating compact garden plans and focusing on shade-loving edibles and perennial vegetables. Her efforts have been featured in a variety of media, including a television pilot, “Urban Tomato,” and she has spoken at Sustainable NE Seattle’s “Planet Home” and Seattle’s Hardy Plant Society.

The Winter Vegetable Garden
Getting the Most from NW Edible Gardens in Winter
Sat, Feb 11 at 4:30 pm / Hood Room
Think your veggie garden is done in October?  Explore methods of winter gardening specific to the Pacific Northwest, from cold frames to grow tunnels to overwintering hardy varieties.  Learn to eat from the garden during the leanest months of the year.

The “No-Effort” Edible Garden
Reap a Bounty of Edibles with Minimal Effort!
Sun, Feb 12 at 3:45 pm / Rainier Ro0m

Design an edible garden that requires minimal effort to keep up from year to year. Especially practical for busy or aging gardeners, the No-Effort Garden relies mainly on perennial and reseeding fruits and vegetables. Most of your exertion will be in harvesting the bounty of food you grow!


David Deardorff, PhD & Kathryn Wadsworth – Co-authors, “What’s Wrong with My Vegetable Garden?”
Deardorff and 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, will be released by Timber Press in December. Deardorff holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Washington; Wadsworth studied film-making and communications in graduate school at the University of New Mexico. Their best-selling book, What’s Wrong With My Plant? has been positively reviewed in many national newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe and many others.

Vegetable Gardening CSI
Solve Your Garden’s Crimes Against Edibles
Sun, Feb 12 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

When good vegetable plants hit sour notes it ruins your garden symphony. Track down suspects by following the right clues. See sumptuous photos of the most popular vegetables; and mug shots of common ailments: disorders due to poor growing conditions, infestations by pests, and illnesses due to diseases. We’ll show you how to investigate the crime, grill the suspects, and arrest the culprits by explaining which questions to ask to rule out alternatives and hone in on the guilty party. Restore harmony by using the right solutions.


Diane Ott Whealy – Co-founder, Seed Savers Exchange & author of “Gathering”
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. With thousands of varieties in its collection, Seed Savers is one of the largest non-governmental seed banks in the United States. In 1986 Diane helped to develop Heritage Farm, Seed Saver’s scenic 890-acre headquarters near Decorah, Iowa to maintain and display collections of endangered food crops. Diane has just published Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver (Seed Savers Exchange, 2011) in which tells the story of how the dream of two people became with the help of likeminded people the extraordinary organization SSE is today. 

Demystifying Heirloom Gardening
Designing with Heirloom Flowers, Vegetables & Herbs
Wed, Feb 8 at 9:30 am / Hood Room
Diane Ott Whealy will share her experience designing and planting the perfect combination of heirloom flowers, vegetables, and herbs for your garden. Her lessons can be applied to gardens large or small and will emphasize self-seeding annuals, seed saving, and creating a sustainable as well as edible landscape. Her presentation will be illustrated by photographs from her cottage-style garden at Seed Saver Exchange Heritage Farm. Diane’s practical and personal approach to gardening will demystify buzzwords such as heirloom, genetic diversity, organic, healthy foods, saving seeds, sustainability and edible landscape.


Jennifer Bartley – Landscape Architect & author, “The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook”
Jennifer Bartley is a registered landscape architect and founder of the design firm, American Potager LLC in Granville, Ohio. She holds an undergraduate and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from The Ohio State University. 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 the author, illustrator and photographer of this and her first book, Designing the New Kitchen Garden (Timber Press, 2006). 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. She has written extensively for the Planters Place blog and her articles and photographs have appeared in Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening and Birds and Blooms.

The Beautiful, Bountiful Potager
Practical Ideas to Grow Your Own Food – Beautifully
Sat, Feb 11 at 3 pm / Hood Room
The outdoor kitchen garden, or potager, is the new hearth of the home where we linger with friends or enjoy the solace of working alone, but always have something to nibble on as we gather flowers for the table, basil for the pasta and heirloom greens for the salad. This is a practical and inspirational talk on how we can grow our own food… beautifully. Jennifer Bartley shares her vision for borrowing design ideas from the grand edible gardens of France with an American twist so you can create your own ornamental and useful kitchen garden right outside the back door or even in your front yard.

Food + Flowers from the Winter Garden
Cooking & Decorating from the Winter Kitchen Garden
Sun, Feb 12 at 1:00 pm / DIY Stage

The potager is a year round garden where we harvest something to nibble on or gather arrangements for the vase everyday of the year. Without a greenhouse we can still eat root vegetables, stored winter squashes, garlic and cool season greens. Bright berries, colorful twigs, evergreens and witch hazels can be gathered from the winter garden for simple table arrangements. Jennifer Bartley will give a hands-on demonstration on cooking and decorating from the winter kitchen garden.


Alexandra Hedin – Author, “Entertaining at Home” & Style Editor, 425 Magazine
Alexandra Hedin is a Lifestyle and Entertaining Expert based in the Pacific Northwest. Her simple approach to making every day lovely has made her an admired contributor to magazines and television across the west coast. In Winter of 2010, Alexandra’s debut book was released. Entertaining at Home features ten complete parties including menus, simple recipes, crafts and helpful tips for hosting your own event. The beautifully photographed book includes hundreds of photos to inspire and tempt any hostess-to-be to take her next event to the next level. Alexandra has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Design*Sponge, and on the Seattle affiliates of CBS, ABC, and FOX.  Her parties, recipes, and crafts can be found in every issue of 425 Magazine. Alexandra grew up in the bustling kitchen of a home economics teacher helping to feed a large extended family for holidays and regular weekends together. She still spends her free time cooking in her Seattle kitchen for her husband and three young children.

Plant Now, Eat Later
Rewarding Recipes & Crafts from the Garden
Thurs, Feb 9 at 3:45 pm / DIY Stage

Learn how to use ingredients and plants found in most home gardens to create seasonal recipes and craft ideas. Alexandra, author of “Entertaining at Home”, will show you how simple ingredients such as rose petals, rose hips, pears, mint, herbs, and rhubarb and create fabulous foods and fun décor for your home.

Planting for Entertaining
Recipes with Fresh Flavors from the Garden
Fri, Feb 10 at 3:45 pm / DIY Stage

Alexandra Hedin’s extensive knowledge of entertaining has been paired with her newly planted garden designed specifically for having perfect ingredients on hand at all times. She will plant a small container with the perfect herbs for entertaining and will show three recipes using the herbs in the pot. 


Andrea Bellamy – Creator of ‘Heavy Petal’ & author of “Sugar Snaps and Strawberries”
Andrea Bellamy is the author of Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden (Timber Press, 2010), and creator of Heavy Petal (, a blog devoted to urban organic gardening. She has a certificate in garden design from the University of British Columbia and studied permaculture methods for food production at an urban micro-farm. She has been gardening since childhood and has grown food on rooftops, balconies, boulevards, and patios, and in community garden beds, window boxes, traffic circles, and front and backyards. Andrea combined her love of writing and gardening when she began writing features for home and garden publications. After a stint as assistant editor at a Vancouver-based gardening magazine, she launched Heavy Petal to answer the need for a gardening blog that spoke to a new generation of gardeners.

Gourmet Gardening
Grow Edibles & Discover What ‘Gourmet’ Really Means
Wed, Feb 8 at 4:30 pm / Hood Room

Gardening for foodies! Forget expensive, frou-frou entrees: grow your own edibles and discover what gourmet really means. Andrea, author of the best-selling Timber Press book Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden will cover growing and harvesting fresh, seasonal food, from the simple to the “everyday exotic.” It is full of lush, beautiful photographs and will introduces you to some truly gourmet vegetables, from unusual (“specialty” herbs, fruits, and vegetables) to the heirloom varieties of our more common edibles. This seminar will also teach you how to turn an everyday edible into a gourmet treat; for example, growing garlic for its scapes, or harvesting the flowers from arugula or kale.


Jennifer Hahn – Author, “Pacific Feast: A Cook’s Guide to West Coast Foraging and Cuisine”
With more than 25 years of wilderness travel under her boots and kayak hull—including through-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from northern California to Canada 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. Currently she is an adjunct professor at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College teaching courses on northwest wild food.  She holds a B.S. from Huxley College of Environmental Studies, Western Washington University, and a B.A. in writing and ecology from WWU’s Fairhaven College, at which time she studied with Pulitzer-prize author Annie Dillard and worked at Audubon magazine in New York City.  Her first book, Spirited Waters: Soloing South Through The Inside Passage” won the Barbara Savage “Miles From Nowhere” award for adventure narrative writing in 2001.


Wild Edible Backyard
Wild Foods to Grow & Munch at Home
Sun, Feb 12 at 10 am / Rainier Room

When it comes to eating within your own foodshed, foraging for “wild food” is as local as it gets. But sometimes, it’s hard to know where to look. Come explore 30 common delicious native edibles you can plant in your own “wild garden and yard.” You’ll support local food security and benefit native birds and pollinators too! Discover a host of delicious and nutritious wild greens, ferns, trees, berries, and flowers that thrive in the Pacific Northwest–naturally. Learn what to plant, how to harvest and cooking your wild garden foods into scrumptious dishes such as “Fiddlehead Fern Relish,” “Maple Blossom Fritters,” and “Spruce Tip Syrup.”


Don’t forget to read about the rest of our edible gardening seminars: Part 1 and Part 2 of “Food for Thought” were posted last week. We will get you growing at the 2012 Northwest Flower & Garden Show! ~ Janet

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