Seminar Spotlight – Making Every Drop Count

Seminar Spotlight – Making Every Drop Count

Drip irrigation saves water and money, and gets vital water right to the roots

Water is a precious resource, and today’s savvy, environmentally conscious gardeners know that truly good gardening is synonymous with conservation. We will have four seminars at the show that will teach you how you can get the most moisture for your moolah, thereby conserving both water and your money. There are many different ways to improve the way you water your garden, from starting with the right soil, putting in appropriate plants for your conditions, to gizmos and gadgets that help you get the water right where it’s needed most. Don’t miss these seminars, and next summer, you can reap the payoff of your water conservation efforts.


Nan Sterman – TV host & author, CA Gardener’s Guide, Vol. II
Nan Sterman is an award-winning garden communicator and designer.  She is the author of California Gardeners Guide, vol II, (Cool Springs Press, 2007), a book about drought-tolerant plants and low water gardening.  Nan contributes regularly to regional and national publications such as the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union Tribune, Sunset, and Organic Gardening Magazine, for whom she also tests new varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Nan’s new television show, “A Growing Passion” airs in Southern California.  Her blog and website can be found at

Cool Tools to Save Water in Your Garden
Saving Water Saves You Money and Time!
Wednesday, February 23 at 3:45 pm on the DIY Stage
As water becomes more precious, the clever people who make garden tools and devices have come out with products to help us save water in the garden. There are “smart” irrigation controllers and timers that automatically turn the hose off when you forget. There are water releasing gels, shutoff valves, drip irrigation systems, and more. This demonstration will introduce you to a wide range of water saving garden products, how to use them, and how they help us save water in the garden.

Drip is Hip
Save Money, Time and Your Plants with Drip Irrigation
Thursday, February 24 at 11:15 am on the DIY Stage
Drip irrigation is hip. More than that, drip irrigation works really well and it saves water, one of the main goals of sustainable gardens. Traditional overhead spray systems are huge water wasters. In fact, professional irrigation designers assume only a 50% efficiency with traditional overhead spray systems.  In other words, half of the water that comes out of a sprayhead is wasted! Drip irrigation, on the other hand, puts water directly onto the ground, at the rootball, where it is needed.  Efficiency is nearly 100%, and there is no runoff. Eliminating runoff also keeps fertilizers, pesticides and other pollutants out of our waterways. This demonstration will show the best of the new irrigation technologies, their parts and pieces, how easy they are to install and maintain, and where to purchase them.


Discover the best ways to water your garden effectively with our seminars on water conservation

Mallory Gwynn – Portland TV host, “Simply Gardening”
Mallory Gwynn’s connection to the gardening world began early – he was born in the middle of a strawberry harvest on his parent’s farm. He started television appearances in 2002 and now hosts his own garden program, “Simply Gardening – Anybody Can Do It!” Mallory has offered gardening advice on KPAM 860 for the past five years. His “Simply Gardening Minute” is aired Monday through Saturday on the station. Mallory writes a monthly gardening column for the Woodburn Independent, Canby Herald, East County Gazette and the Molalla Pioneer.  Website:

Making Every Drop Count
Tips & Techniques for Watering Small Space Gardens
Sunday, February 27 at 9:30 am on the DIY Stage
Those new to gardening and seasoned gardeners living in small spaces can still be challenged by watering their gardens conserving resources and time. TV personality Mallory Gwynn shows you all the latest watering devices, including a cool way to keep those strawberry pots wet. He’ll also talk about the newest in fertilizers and eco-friendly applications. Handouts will be provided.


Designer Zsofia Pasztor created a vertical wall of strawberries in her 2010 show garden

Zsofia Pasztor – Garden Designer & Owner, Innovative Landscape Technologies
Zsofia Pasztor is the owner of Innovative Landscape Technologies. She is a part-time instructor at Edmonds Community College, a landscape designer, LID construction consultant, wetland delineator, certified professional horticulturist, certified tree risk assessor, and a certified arborist. As a consultant, she often works with bio-retention solutions, vegetated roofs, living walls, edible gardens and permaculture. She is the creator of the ‘Farmer Frog Model,’ promoting community-based urban farming that protects and restores habitat for people and wildlife at the same time. Be sure and visit her 2011 show garden, titled “Alice in Wonder;land.” Website:

Managing Water Sustainably
Plants for Rain Gardens, Living Walls & Roofs
Saturday, February 26 at 7:15 pm in the Rainier Room
Rain gardens, living walls and living roofs are becoming important design elements in today’s sustainable gardens. But what plants work well for these new design technologies? What is required to grow them? How do you find the materials? And how do you care for them over time? Designer Zsofia Pasztor is one of the leading professionals creating these new sustainable ecosystems, and she will share all the tips and techniques you need to know to get started on your own rain garden and living wall or roof.

To find out about all of our 123 seminars, go to and view the entire schedule, along with speaker biographies and seminar descriptions. And you can sort the entire schedule for day or speaker, and see what’s happening on the days you plan to attend the show. – Janet

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