Here’s What’s Happening in January

Here’s What’s Happening in January

Wednesday, January 12
6:45 pm
“Gardening Where We Live: A Pacific Northwest Convergence”
Lucy Hardiman
Lucy Hardiman, author, teacher, garden designer and owner of Perennial Partners in Portland, will discuss horticultural convergence of cutting edge nurseries and inventive designers that produce the great gardens of the Northwest. She will illustrate this convergence by showing how innovative gardeners throughout the region are creating gardens that are bodacious and beautiful, functional and fun, original and organic, sustainable and sassy, and plant driven and productive. Lucy will also be presenting two seminars at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
Northwest Horticultural Society
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
Fee: Members – $5; Non-members – $10


Sunday, January 16
1:00 pm
“Garden Borders from Dull to Drama”
Sue Goetz
Believing garden design is more than just the mechanics of planting, Sue assists gardeners to create timeless gardens and outdoor living spaces with her business Creative Gardener. Join her as she talks about updating, editing and stylizing mixed borders. Sue is certified as a professional horticulturist with the WSNLA, a board member of The Northwest Horticultural Society and a member of Garden Writer’s of America. Sue has created gold-winning gardens at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and will be mentoring her daughter Courtney, who is designing a 2011 show garden, titled “Paradise to be Regained.” Sue is also speaking at the show on Thursday.
Northwest Perennial Alliance
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
Fee: Members – Free; Non-members – $10


Saturday, January 22
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
“Fruit Tree Grafting”
Bill Davis
Learn the basics of fruit tree grafting, rootstock and scionwood selection from Bill David of the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation and Dan Vorhis of Sky Nursery. Apples, pears, plums – create your own dwarf tree of start an espalier! The short lecture will be followed by a hands-on class, with supplies available for purchase. And the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation will have an exhibit booth at the show, # 2824, so stop by if you have questions. Free; pre-registration required.
Sky Nursery
18528 Aurora Ave. N. Seattle
To register: Email to [email protected] or call 206-546-4851
For more info:


Sunday, January 30,
Program begins at 2:00 pm
Doors open at 1:00pm for book and seed sales
“Vertically Speaking”
Flora Grubb and Panayoti Kelaidis
Flora Grubb, noted San Francisco landscape designer and garden shop owner, will show us some “Fresh Perspectives on Gardening”. Flora Grubb’s Gardens is a hip, design-driven nursery with exceptional plants showcased with garden furnishings, books, and art. Ms Grubbs, a proponent of environmentally responsible landscapes, has created many water-saving outdoor spaces, both private and public in the San Francisco Bay area. Named a “Tastemaker” by House & Garden in 2007, Flora’s nursery has been profiled in Sunset, Garden Design, Dwell, Travel & Leisure and other publications.

Panayoti Kelaidis is Senior Curator & Director of Outreach for the Denver Botanic Garden. Horticulturist, plant explorer, curator of plant collections, teacher, liaison to the public and trade, he is an expert in many areas but especially recognized for his knowledge of high altitude plants. Mr Kelaidis is the recipient of the Arthur Hoyt Scott Medal from Swarthmore College, considered the highest honor in American horticulture. Panayoti will also be serving as a Show Judge and seminar speaker at the 2011 Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
Hardy Plant Society of Oregon  – The Winter program is underwritten by the Parker Sanderson Memorial Fund, established to promote horticultural education.
Portland State University
Hoffmann Hall
1833 SW 11th Avenue, Portland 97201
Fee: HPSO members – #15;  Non-members $25
To register:


Saturday and Sunday, January 28 & 29
9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day
“An Introduction to Botanical Art”
Linda Ann Vorobik, PhD
Dr. Vorobik, PhD Botanist and Botanical Artist, through demonstrations and lectures, introduces participants to drawing skills, parts of the plant, what botanical illustration is when defined precisely, and Pen & Ink or Watercolor techniques as used for plant portraits. The first morning of the workshop begins with introductions and demonstrations followed by supervised drawing to create pencil drafts for watercolors; later in the morning pen & ink supplies are described and techniques are demonstrated. The afternoon consists of lecture/demonstrations on watercolor supplies and techniques followed by drawing and painting time. The second morning will begin with more demonstrations followed by supervised drawing and painting. The workshop closes with a friendly critique of works produced. All skill levels are welcome: accomplished artists can increase their knowledge of botany and skilled botanists learn drawing and painting techniques. Linda will also be a new exhibitor at the garden show, so visit her booth, #515.
UW Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture
Douglas Classroom
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
Fee: $185 for Early Bird discount; $200 after January 14 (for both days)
For more information, contact [email protected] or 206-685-8033


Saturday, March 26
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
“Inspiration and Beauty in the Environmentally Responsible Garden”
Paul Bonne – “Growing Dry in the Pacific Northwest”
Kate Frey – “Inspirational Plantings for Pollinators”
Eric T. Fleisher – “Managing the Environment: An Adaptive Challenge”
Thomas Hobbs – “Dreams + Desire = Destiny or Disaster?”
Northwest Horticultural Society
Bastyr University
14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore
Fee: Members – $60; Non-members – $80
To register: Email [email protected] or phone 206-780-8172
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