Get Crafty and Create Your Own DIY Garden Art

Get Crafty and Create Your Own DIY Garden Art

Garden art and accessories are a big way to add some personality and pizzazz to your garden. But you don’t need to break the bank for “real” art. Here are some teriffic do-it-yourself projects that you can do on your own – especially after you see these seminars by these creative and crafty speakers.


Lorene Edwards Forkner – Writer, designer & author, “Handmade Garden Projects”
Author, speaker and avid gardener/cook, Lorene Edwards Forkner revels in the seasonal pleasures and broad scope of gardening life in the Pacific Northwest affords.  Working from home and tending a small city garden provide Lorene with a living workshop and practical skills in her hands-on pursuit of color, textures, form and delicious flavor every day of the year.  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. Lorene is the author of Handmade Garden Projects: step by step instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More (Timber Press, 2011) and regularly blogs at where she recounts her explorations, sometimes hapless experiments and spins stories about home, garden, work and play.


Operating Instructions for the DIY Gardener
Craft a Landscape Uniquely Suited to YOUR Home
Thurs, Feb 9 at 2 pm / DIY Stage
5 simple questions to address BEFORE you begin that will help you envision and craft a landscape uniquely suited to you and your home. A 1 hour interactive workshop where audience members get down to work planning their garden facilitated by a handout/worksheet to guide the process.


The Handmade Garden
Inspirational Profiles of “Hands-On” Gardeners
Fri, Feb 10 at 4:00 pm / Rainier Room
Inspirational, lively and sometimes quirky profiles of “hands-on” gardeners and the personality-infused gardens they create. This is passionate gardening as a form of artistic and personal expression. Say goodbye to “yard work” and hello to outdoor play. 



Val Easton – Seattle Times columnist & author, “Petal & Twig
Valerie Easton started gardening to bring nature into the house, and she hasn’t stopped planting, picking, and arranging flowers and foliage for the last 40 years. Her latest book, Petal and Twig: Seasonal Bouquets with Blossoms, Branches and Grasses From Your Garden, will be published by Sasquatch in early 2012. Her own simplified little garden on Whidbey Island has been published in The New York Times, Horticulture and This Old House. For 18 years, Valerie worked as a horticultural librarian at the University of Washington. She hasn’t missed a week of writing her “Plant Life” column for Pacific Northwest Magazine of The Seattle Times in the last 15 years. She also writes feature articles for the Times on the region’s most creative gardens and homes. She writes about gardens and the people who make them for numerous publications, including Garden Design and Organic Gardening magazines. Val is the author of four gardening books, including The New Low Maintenance Garden (Timber Press, 2009) which was chosen by as one of the Ten Best Home and Garden Books for 2009.


Petal & Twig
Reap the Rewards of Simple, Fresh Bouquets Year Round
Thurs, Feb 9 at 10 am / Rainier Room
Come learn about the joys of turning your entire plot into a cutting garden, then reaping the rewards with simple, fresh, handmade bouquets for the house. With photos from her Langley garden, Val will show how to plant to bring flowers and foliage indoors in every week of the year. This approach has nothing to do with decorating or accessorizing, with floristy, wires or foam. It’s simply about taking a delight in flowers, leaves, and whatever nature offers up. If you’re intimidated by the grandiosity or complications of flower arranging, all that fragrance and soul-stirring beauty will stay outdoors, rather than grace your indoor lives as well as your gardens.

Jayme Jenkins – Author, “Garden Rules” & owner, aHa! Modern Living
Jayme Jenkins is the owner of aHa! Modern Living, an online store specializing in stylish, modern home décor and garden accessories. She co-authored the popular new book, Garden Rules: The Snappy Synopsis for the Modern Gardener, (Cool Springs Press, 2011). Jayme is a trained Oregon State University certified Home Horticulturist, and serves as a container designer and gardener for various companies in Eugene, Oregon. Very active in social media, she has been a garden lifestyle blogger since December 2007, and specializes in spreading excitement about gardening to new people.


Edibles Cubed
Creating a Living, Edible Cocktail Table
Wed, Feb 8 at 5:15 pm / DIY Stage
What has your side table done for you lately?  Other than offer a place to hold beverages and welcome clutter, it’s probably just taking up precious space. Space you could be using to grow edibles. What if you could grow edibles and have a place for guests to set their cocktails? With a little ingenuity and creative spirit, you can!  In this DIY seminar, author and avid DIYer Jayme Jenkins will show you how to construct an edible cocktail cube on wheels with affordable items purchased from your local hardware store. Jayme will also recommend plants, maintenance tips and cocktail recipes to help you create a lively conversation piece that is sure to impress your friends.


No Space, No Problem
Grow a Gutter Garden with Function & Style
Thurs, Feb 9 at 5:15 pm / DIY Stage
Vertical gardens are all the rage, especially in urban settings where garden space is scarce and privacy seems non-existent. On the other hand, you don’t have to be an apartment dweller to appreciate the benefits of vertical gardening. Growing up provides attractive privacy screens, convenient spaces to grow edibles and divide larger outdoor rooms into smaller, intimate retreats.  In this DIY session, author and avid DIYer Jayme Jenkins will show you how to create a hanging gutter garden using ordinary items found in a hardware store. Jayme will also share plant suggestions and maintenance tips to help you be more successful in the garden. Regardless if you’re looking for more garden real estate or desire more privacy, a gutter garden will provide you a custom solution that’s both stylish and functional.




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.



Debra Prinzing – Garden writer and author, “Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways”
Debra Prinzing is a Seattle and Los Angeles-based outdoor living expert who writes and lectures on gardens and home design. She has a background in textiles, journalism, landscape design and horticulture. A frequent speaker for botanical garden, horticultural society and flower show audiences, Debra is also a regular television and radio guest. Debra’s five books include award-winning Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways (Clarkson Potter/Random House, 2008), The Abundant Garden (Cool Springs Press, 2005) and Pacific Northwest Garden Survival Guide (Fulcrum Press, 2004). Debra recently authored two new landscape design books for Sunset, which will be published in 2012. She is a contributing editor to Better Homes & Gardens, a contributing editor to Garden Design, and a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Home section, as well as other top shelter, gardening and consumer publications. Debra is the new president of the Garden Writers Association. She co-founded and is working on a book with photographer David Perry, The 50 Mile Bouquet: Discovering the World of Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers, to be published by St. Lynn’s Press in April, 2012.


Eco-Friendly Floral Design
Chemical-free Techniques for Creating Fresh, Healthy Arrangements
Fri, Feb 10 at 2 pm / DIY Stage
Learn how to make foolproof flower arrangements without relying on those dark green “bricks” of florist foam, a product that is not biodegradable. Debra will share a variety of floral design alternatives, including both old-fashioned techniques and modern, new tricks gleaned from her interviews with leading “green” floral designers. You can have a fresh, beautiful bouquet that’s good for your health – and good for the earth! The demonstration will feature many of the projects featured in Debra’s forthcoming book, The 50 Mile Bouquet: Discovering the World of Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers, with photographer David Perry, and on their blog,


Matthew Levesque – Author, “The Revolutionary Yardscape”
Some people are not very good at sitting still. Matthew Levesque is one of them. He is the founding manager of San Francisco’s Building Resources, the Bay Area’s only nonprofit architectural salvage and reuse center which he continues to run. He also developed and operates the Red Shovel Glass Company, manufacturing recycled glass products for landscape applications. Matthew is the author of The Revolutionary Yardscape: Repurposing Local Materials to Create Containers, Pathways, Lighting and More (Timber Press, 2010). He teaches classes on a wide variety of subjects relating to resource conservation and creative reuse. He also designs gardens specializing in landscapes, design and art from reused materials. Matthew has appeared on the Discovery Channel and CBS, and his work has been featured in Sunset, Horticulture, and The SF Chronicle and numerous online publications. He and his wife live in both Alameda, California and Grapeview, Washington.

Walking on the Wilder Side
New Styles of Garden Paving From Repurposed Materials
Wed, Feb 8 at 5:30 pm / Rainier Room
A fast paced stroll through new developments in garden paving made from reused and repurposed materials. You will not believe what is underfoot as old materials take on new functions and whole new looks. Author and reuse expert Matthew Levesque will quite literally lead you down the garden path in this up close look at wood, steel ,stone, tile and more.  From simple projects any beginner can tackle to some best reserved for the truly possessed.  Matthew will guide you through material section, construction tips and finishes. Come on , step out of line just a bit and take a walk on a wilder side of the garden, you never know where it will lead.



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. 

The garden show is not far away so plan your says at the show by checking out the seminar schadule. Early Bird ticket prices are good through February 7. ~ Janet

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