Seminar Spotlight – THE GARDEN SHOW: Our Most Unforgettable Characters

Seminar Spotlight – THE GARDEN SHOW: Our Most Unforgettable Characters

Ciscoe, Marianne, Cass & Steve will be sharing their stories about the unforgettable characters they have met over the years. (American Gothic by Grant Wood)

THE GARDEN SHOW – Our Most Unforgettable Characters
When I tell people that I am planning a ‘seminar’ hosted by Ciscoe Morris, with Marianne Binetti, Cass Turnbull and Steve Lorton as guests, all  together on stage, at the same time, all with microphones, their response usually goes like this:

“Are you crazy?!”

Well, maybe! But it’s sure to be a raucous good time as these four gardening luminaries / comediannes get together to talk about the most unforgettable, and maybe slightly obsessed, gardeners they have met during their long and storied careers. This is a totally spontaneous and ad-libbed conversation hosted by Ciscoe Morris, popular radio and TV host and author of Ask Ciscoe!, along with guest stars Marianne Binetti, columnist and author; Cass Turnbull, founder of Plant Amnesty; and Steve Lorton, former editor of Sunset magazine.  Put these four storytellers in a room together and turn them loose with microphones and it’s sure to be an hour of wild stories!

THE GARDEN SHOW: Our Most Unforgettable Characters
Four Gardening Raconteurs on Their Most Memorable People!
Thursday, February 24 at 2:30 pm in the Rainier Room

Ciscoe Morris – Radio, TV host, columnist & author, Ask Ciscoe
Ciscoe Morris began his gardening career at age ten, when he harassed a priest at a neighborhood church into hiring him as a lawn boy. His book, Ask Ciscoe – Oh La La! Your Gardening Questions Answered (Sasquatch, 2006) is a national bestseller. For 24 years he directed the gardening and landscaping at Seattle University. Ciscoe has a distinguished media career and is currently featured on KING5 TV’s ‘Gardening with Ciscoe” with co-host Meeghan Black. Their gardening tips are also featured on KING5 ‘Morning News’ and ‘Noon News.’ ‘Gardening with Ciscoe Live’ in on the NCN Network, and his radio show, ‘Gardening with Ciscoe,’ is on KIRO710.  Ciscoe also writes a weekly column in the Seattle P-I.  Ciscoe’s home garden was featured in ‘Seattle Homes and Lifestyle’ in 1999.  Website –

Cass Turnbull – Founder, Plant Amnesty & author, Guide to Pruning
Cass Turnbull’s name is synonymous with the art of good pruning. As the founder and President of Plant Amnesty, her mission has been to “end the shameless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs.”  She left the Seattle Parks Department in 1986 after 11 years to start her own landscape maintenance and consulting business, Cass Turnbull Gardening Services.  She is the author of Cass Turnbull’s Guide to Pruning (Sasquatch, 2004 & 2006) and The Complete Guide to Landscape Design, Renovation and Maintenance (Betterway, 1990).  She has made many media appearances and her articles have appeared in Organic Gardening, Pacific Horticulture, the Seattle PI, Los Angeles Times and quoted in the Wall Street Journal. She has won awards from the International Society of Arboriculture, the City of Seattle, WSNLA and the National Arbor Day Foundation. Visit the Plant Amnesty exhibit at booth # 2314. Website –

Marianne Binetti – Syndicated columnist & author, Edible Gardens for Washington & Oregon
Known for her light-hearted and fun approach to garden writing, Marianne has a B.A. in horticulture from Washington State University and writes a syndicated column that runs in over a dozen newspapers. She also writes weekly for the Tacoma News Tribune garden page. You may recognize Marianne from her many appearances on HGTV. The Seattle native is the author of ten gardening books.  Her most recent book is Edible Gardens for Washington & Oregon, and she is also the author of Container Gardening for Washington and Oregon (Lonepine Press, January 2008) and Herbs for Washington & Oregon (Lonepine Press, January 2008). Her latest project includes taking gardeners around the globe to see beautiful gardens.  Website:

One of our 4 guest stars has met Prince Charles in his Highgrove Garden. It's quite a story!

Steve Lorton – Former editor, Sunset magazine
Steve Lorton was at Sunset Magazine for 33 years, most recently as the Northwest Bureau Chief. The Senke School of Ikebana gave him their first and only honorary membership.  He started the Seattle Street Tree Advisory Board for the City of Seattle, served on the Executive Boards of the Washington Park Arboretum, The Northwest Horticulture Society, The Arboretum Bulletin Editorial Board, and the Northwest Trail of the Woodland Park Zoological Gardens.  He has written extensively about gardens in America, Canada, Japan, Korea, Finland, England, Spain, France and Brazil.

In addition to serving as guest stars for Thursday’s episode of THE GARDEN SHOW, Ciscoe, Marianne, Cass and Steve will be speaking on other topics at the show. Be sure and catch these highly educational – and entertaining – seminars!

Ciscoe Morris & Meeghan Black
See if You Can Stump Ciscoe & Meeghan
Your Gardening Questions Answered
TV personality Meeghan Black tries to keep the irrepressible and exuberant Ciscoe Morris under control as they dare the audience to stump them with gardening questions! See if you can ask a question that they don’t have an answer too. Maybe you’ll win some of Ciscoe’s famous Brussels sprouts. Don’t miss this hilarious presentation!

Stellar Combinations
Ciscoe’s Favorite Plant Combinations
Thursday, February 24 at 11:30 am in the Rainier Room
Think you know what plants make Ciscoe’s favorite list of plant combinations? Find out in this educational, and always entertaining, plant soap opera to see his favorite plant combos and what Ciscoe thinks should be growing together in Northwest gardens these days. 

Marianne Binetti
A Tale of Two Gardens
Good vs. Evil in Garden Design and Plant Choices
Sunday, February 27 at 12:45 pm in the Rainier Room
Avoid garden headaches and hassles! Marianne Binetti shows you how to use smart garden design and make great plant choices and combinations, vs. poor design and problem plants. With just a few good decisions in design and plants, you’ll have a tale of your own garden that will have a happy ending.

Cass Turnbull and Ciscoe Morris can be such serious people. But they will be bringing their humor to THE GARDEN SHOW.

Cass Turnbull
Devine Vines
A Pruning Primer on Unruly Twining Vines
Thursday, February 24 at 11:00 am in the Hood Room
Vines are an important part of the garden, and they can provide years of beauty on otherwise boring walls, fences or eves. But how do you prune them? If you’re confused on the rules of vine pruning, this is a must-see seminar. Cass covers pruning and management of some of our most common ornamental vines: wisteria, clematis, Boston ivy & Virginia Creeper, honeysuckle and trumpet vine.

Steve Lorton
Exploring Our Asian Roots
Japanese Influence on Northwest Gardens
Wednesday, February 23 at 5:45 pm in the Hood Room
Join master story-teller Steve Lorton has he takes you on a tour of Japanese gardens and shares his insights into their influence on Northwest gardens today.

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