Seminar Spotlight – Artful Floral Arrangements

Seminar Spotlight – Artful Floral Arrangements

Learn how to create artful floral arrangements such as this on done by Chin Zimonyi at the 2010 garden show.

Bringing your garden indoors is a wonderful part of having a garden. Nothing is more enjoyable than the fragrance of a lily on a summer’s day in a bouquet by your bed. Or bring the outside indoors and marvel at the textural contrasts of colorful conifers, bright berries and broadleaf evergreens with a winter bouquet from your garden. Our seminars on floral design will teach you the principles of floral design, in a myriad of different styles, including Ikebana. And our talented speakers will share their tips and techniques to help get you started, along with new ways to look at your garden’s flowers and foliage, and how to repurpose household materials  into containers and accents for beautiful bouquets.


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 writes about the interplay between architecture and horticulture at her design blog on Her 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 is a contributing editor to Better Homes & Gardens and Garden Design, and a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times Home section. Debra is vice president of the Garden Writers Association and a founding member of Debra is now at work on a new book about seasonal, local and sustainably-grown cut flowers with photographer David Perry. You can read more about this project at

Debra Prinzing & David Perry's seminars will show how to use fresh foliage to make stunning, sustainable arrangements in any season. Debra designed this beauty in December.

The Winter Bouquet
Sustainable Floral Design Ideas from Winter’s Bounty
Friday, February 25 at 2:00 pm on the Smith & Hawken DIY Stage
Live fully in the season and discover the abundance of floral design elements from the garden and nature – even during the most unlikely time of year — winter. Author and outdoor living expert Debra Prinzing will demonstrate how to create winter floral bouquets and centerpieces using seasonal branches, berries, pods and blooms. You’ll be inspired by the sustainable floral design ideas and gain a new appreciation for decorating your home with locally-grown botanical materials. Audience members will receive instructions, a recommended plant list and other floral design resources. The projects are adapted from A Fresh Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers, her forthcoming book with photographer David Perry.

Floral Design with Spring Bulbs
Bring Spring Indoors with Beautiful Blooming Bouquets
Thursday, February 24 at 2:30 pm on the Smith & Hawken DIY Stage
Early spring produces an alluring array of seasonal bulbs in the garden. You can grow your own or procure fresh-cut bunches from local growers at a farmer’s market in your area. Author and outdoor living expert Debra Prinzing will demonstrate three floral design projects using a variety of spring flowering bulbs including daffodils, grape hyacinth, and tulips. She’ll discuss the best ways to harvest, process and prolong the vase life of these floral ingredients. Audience members will receive instructions, a recommended plant list and other floral design resources. The projects are adapted from A Fresh Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers, her forthcoming book with photographer David Perry.


David E. Perry – Professional photographer & owner, David Perry Photography
David Perry is the owner of David Perry Photography and a commercial photographer who has made his living from assigned photography for nearly thirty years for diverse clients such as AT&T, Weyerhaeuser, Costco, Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, Phillips and Sony.  His garden blog, now two years old, averages between one and two thousand visits each week, has been recognized and praised internationally and continues to grow in popularity and readership.  David is currently working on garden photography projects with prominent garden writers as well as Sunset magazine.  He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Garden Writer’s Association and the Stock Artist’s Alliance.  Catch his informative blog at 

A Year in Flowers
Seasonal, Local & Sustainable Floral Ingredients
Friday, February 25 at 12:15 pm in the Hood Room
During each month of the year, the garden can offer something wonderful to those who want to enjoy cut floral arrangements indoors. Expand the way you view your own backyard, the flowers sold by vendors at your local farmer’s market and even the “weeds” and branches in your area’s wilder places. In this presentation you will discover how to grow, glean, harvest and gather floral design ingredients – in every season. Photographer and popular garden blogger David Perry takes an unconventional approach to floral design, and he’ll share his personal relationship with flowers, flower growers and floral containers in a lecture illustrated by his evocative images. The lecture is adapted from “A Fresh Bouquet: Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers,” his forthcoming book with author Debra Prinzing.

And after this lecture, head over to the Smith & Hawken DIY Stage at 2:30 pm and join Debra Prinzing as she demonstrates some of the beautiful bouquets in “Floral Design with Spring Bulbs.”


Nobuko Relnick's Ikebana seminar will explain the art of placement and the meaning behind Ikebana design.

Nobuko Relnick – Instructor at Sogetsu School of Ikebana
Nobuko Relnick received her teaching certificate from the Sogetsu Ikebana Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan in 1966. She is the owner and teacher at the Woodinville Sogetsu School of Ikebana.  After moving here from Japan 14 years ago, she has been promoting Sogetsu Ikebana and making it available in the Northwest.  She is a past president of the Seattle Chapter of Ikebana International, and holds the highest teaching certificate from the Sogetsu School.  She was elected to be the Director of the Seattle Sogetsu Branch.  She also teaches Ikebana as a healing art to cancer survivors at Cancer Lifeline Center in Seattle and teaches in the evening at Pottery Northwest near Seattle Center.  Website –

Communication with Plants
Friday, February 25 at 7:00 pm on the Smith & Hawken DIY Stage
Do you communicate with plant materials? Ikebana does. When we make ikebana, we have to know the characteristics of the plants you are handling. Not all plants make a great ikebana. We become very aware of the plants around us.


Floral designer Chin Zimonyi during a seminar at the 2010 Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Chin Zimonyi – Floral designer & teacher
Chin Zimonyi is a registered nurse by profession, but her passion is flowers and she also works as florist.  Her floral displays have appeared at the Ikebana International Shows and at the Asian Art Museum.  She has won a number of blue ribbons for her floral designs from the Washington Federation of Garden Clubs. Her work has also appeared at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, and she has done demonstrations to many garden clubs and the Cherry Blossom Festival.  She has been a member of Ikebana International since 1989, and she is also a member of the Alderwood Garden Club, and head of the Senke-Seishen Japanese Flower Arranging School.

Doing it Your Way – With Flowers
Introduction to Creative Floral Design
Wednesday, February 23 at 5:15 pm on the Smith & Hawken DIY Stage
This is a wonderful introduction of floral designs in both modern and Japanese style. The demonstration will cover how designs are put together in one piece, combining foliage, flowers and objects. Special attention will be paid to shape, color, size and height to achieve different, stunning effects. 


Lana Feingold will demonstrate how to create striking floral arrangements that are both budget-friendly and beautiful.

Lana Finegold – Past President, WA State Federation of Garden Clubs
Lana Finegold’s name is synonymous with garden clubs throughout Washington State.  She served as the State president of the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs from 2001 – 2003, President of the WSFGC Consultants Council and Chairman of the WSFGC Headquarters House Trustees.  Her expert flower arranging skills are a result of garden club involvement. She regularly writes for “Smoke Signals” newsletter, the voice of the Federation of Garden Clubs, and is currently serving on the National Garden Clubs Board.  She is a Master Flower Show Judge, a Gardening Consultant, an Environmental Consultant and a Landscape Design Consultant having completed all four schools that are offered by National Garden Clubs, Inc. Lana has been actively involved in garden clubs since 1971.

Novel Ideas
Create Beautiful Budget-Friendly Floral Designs
Thursday, February 24 at 7:15 pm on the Smith & Hawken DIY Stage
Learn how to create beauty without breaking your budget using ‘found objects’ as floral design containers. Floral designer Lana Finegold will show you how to bring beauty into your home using her own garden materials and a few store-bought flowers.

And to review the entire seminar schedule at the show, go to There’s something for everyone at the show, no matter if you’ve been gardening for a few months, or a few decades! – Janet

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