Garden Show Announces 2012 Show Judges

Garden Show Announces 2012 Show Judges

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is proud to announce the three Show Judges for the 2012 show. They are Stephen Orr, Editorial Director for Gardening at Martha Stewart Living and author of the new book, Tomorrow’s Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening; edible landscaping authority Rosalind Creasy, author of the newly revised groundbreaking 1982 book, Edible Landscaping; and Steve Aitken, editor of Fine Gardening magazine.


The show has a tradition of bringing in a world-class panel of gardening luminaries to review and judge over 20 show gardens and also present seminars at the show. The Garden Creators and their teams are already dreaming up show garden ideas for the 2012 show theme, “A Floral Symphony: Gardens Take Note.” All the designing and planning culminates in an intense 90 hours of building these fantastical gardens on site at the Washington State Convention Center, converting a cavernous empty space into an enchanting garden extravaganza. And then, at exactly noon on February 7, 2012, the noise, dust, chaos, blood, sweat and tears will all come to a stop to allow the show judges to view the gardens and begin their deliberations. Who will win the coveted Founder’s Cup Best in Show Award for 2012? We’ll have to wait and see.


Stephen Orr – Editorial Director for Gardening: Martha Stewart Living
As the Editorial Director for Gardening for Martha Stewart Living, Stephen Orr writes about extraordinary gardens and the people who make them. Prior to that he was the garden editor at House & Garden and Domino magazines. He has written extensively for The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and been a regularly featured gardening expert on “The CBS Early Show” and “The Today Show.” He is the author of Tomorrow’s Garden: Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening (Rodale Press, 2011) or follow his blog. With a keen eye for aesthetics matched by a strong concern for the environment, Stephen has developed a sense of what a modern garden should be: small, visually pleasing, and responsible.


Rosalind Creasy – Author, Edible Landscaping
Ros Creasy has been considered the leading authority on edible landscaping since her groundbreaking book, The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping, was published in 1982 (Sierra Books).  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, Edible Landscaping, was published in November 2010 by Sierra Club Books, and is now in its third printing. In addition to writing 18 books on gardening and cooking, Ros is a designer of landscapes that include edible, native and drought tolerant plants. She was made a Fellow of the Garden Writers of America in 1999, and in 2009 was inducted into the GWA Hall of Fame.


Steve Aitken – Editor, Fine Gardening magazine
Steve Aitken is editor of Fine Gardening, a magazine devoted to making its readers better gardeners. He spends much of his time talking with and visiting horticulturists and avid gardeners around the country. The knowledge he gains from these activities not only helps the magazine, but also provides solutions to the everyday challenges he faces in his own garden. He has written articles for Fine Gardening on topics ranging from drip irrigation to building twig structures. A Master Gardener, Steve is currently carving out beds and borders around his Connecticut home, where he lives with his wife and children.


The 2012 show will be held February 8 – 12, 2012 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Keep checking The Garden Show Blog and the show’s website for all the latest developments as the team gears up for next year’s show. The seminar schedule should be posted by early November so you can find out when our Show Judges, along with about 85 other gardening experts, will be speaking. We’ve got lots of exciting plans in store that will help make your show experience more exciting and better than ever! – Janet

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