Garden Show Announces 2013 Show Judges

Garden Show Announces 2013 Show Judges


 Gardening luminaries will also present seminars 

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is pleased to announce Rosemary Alexander, Susan Cohan, APLD, and Thomas Hobbs as Show Judges for the 2013 garden show, to be held February 20 – 24, 2013 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Rosemary Alexander

Rosemary Alexander is a garden designer, author and the Founder and Principle of The English Gardening School in Great Britain. Rosemary was the first woman elected a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers. For eleven years she was tenant of the National Trust property Stoneacre, near Maidstone, Kent where she transformed the gardens. Rosemary is the author of five books, including The Essential Garden Maintenance Workbook (Timber Press, 2006), The Garden Maker’s Manual (Conran Octopus, 2005) and the Essential Garden Design Workbook, (Timber Press, 2004), which won eight Silver Awards by the Garden Writers Association.

Susan Cohan, APLD

Susan Cohan left a successful career in the fashion industry and founded New Jersey-based Susan Cohan Gardens in 2003. She holds an honors certificate in garden design from the English Gardening School and certificates in horticulture and landscape design from Rutgers University. In addition to her popular design blog, ‘Miss Rumphius’ Rules,’ Susan is a contributing editor for Horticulture and is a cofounder/editor of ‘Leaf, the newly-created online garden design magazine. Susan certified through the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and serves on its International Board of Directors as its Technology Chair.

Thomas Hobbs

Thomas Hobbs is an internationally acclaimed impresario of garden and floral design. He was “born obsessed with plants” and had his first greenhouse at age six. He owns and operates the acclaimed Southlands Nursery in Vancouver, Canada. He is also the author of Shocking Beauty (Periplus Editions, 1999), the bestselling celebration of dramatic garden design and the critically acclaimed The Jewel Box Garden (Timber Press, 2006). His private garden and nursery have been featured in Gardens Illustrated, Horticulture, House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens and Garden Design and on Martha Stewart Living television.

The show, celebrating its Silver Anniversary, has a tradition of bringing in a world-class panel of gardening luminaries to judge the show gardens and also present seminars at the show.

The garden creators are deep into planning their gardens. All their work culminates in an intense 72 hours of building these extravagant gardens on site at the Washington State Convention Center. At exactly noon on February 19, 2013, the gardens must be completed to allow the Show Judges to hold their deliberations.

The next morning enthusiastic gardeners from around the U.S. will arrive to see the gardens, shop the amazing Marketplace and sit through hours and hours of free seminars from the leading garden designers and writers. Keep up with the show on our website, Facebook and Twitter. The complete seminar schedule will be posted by the end of October. Only 152 days to go! ~ Janet


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