Seminar Spotlight – Thinking Outside the Box

Seminar Spotlight – Thinking Outside the Box

Dr. Iain Robertson will lead two tours of the newly renovated Seattle Freeway Park on Thursday at the show. Meet in the South Lobby.

Last summer when I received a proposal for a seminar from Professor Iain Robertson, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, I was immediately taken by it. Dr. Robertson proposed to – literally – take show attendees outside the box. He wanted to take them outside the confines of the Washington State Convention Center for an outdoor walking tour of the renowned Freeway Park in Seattle.


Locals know that Freeway Park is one of the most unique public spaces in the country. It was the first park built directly over a major freeway! It opened in 1976, and after 30 years of growth, it sorely needed a major renovation. Over the past three years, landscape architect Iain Robertson has worked to replant Seattle’s Freeway Park. Many of the new plants installed are winter-flowering, so a tour in February will show the part at its peak winter interest. There is easy access to this park from the Washington State Convention Center.


This will be an outdoor walking tour, rain or shine. Show attendees should meet in the South Lobby by the Flower Growers of Puget Sound display garden. Tours will be from 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm or from 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 24th. First-come, first served; plan to arrive early as size of the group size is limited. We suggest you check your packages and bring your camera, coat and umbrella as needed!


Iain Robertson – Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, UW
Iain Robertson has been a member of the landscape architecture faculty at the University of Washington for more than twenty-eight years and has served as the department chair since 1996. He is a member of the E.B. Dunn Historic Garden board, the Cedar Rock Biological preserve committee, the Arboretum & Botanical Garden Advisory Committee, the Seattle Parks Foundation board, and the Japanese Garden Advisory Council. He has been the leader and designer of the Freeway Park redesign, consulting with the Seattle Parks department with restoring and renewing the shrubs and trees of that valuable park. His articles have appeared in Pacific Horticulture, the Seattle PI, and UW Dept. of Architecture and Seattle Art museum newsletters.

Freeway Park Walking Tour
A Guided Walking Tour
Thursday, February 24 at 1:30 pm – Meet in the South Lobby
Thursday, February 24 at 2:30 pm – Meet in the South Lobby

Photographer David Perry's seminar is packed with tips on how to get the best from your point-and-shoot camera. Then practice during the Freeway Park tour with Iain Robertson.


And if you are an budding garden photographer, you can learn how to improve your photography skills by our seminar from veteran professional photographer David Perry. David will be speaking on “Conquering Your Digital Camera” in the hour just before the Freeway Park Walking Tour. So listen in as David regales you with his many tips on improving your photos, and then head outside to Freeway Park to practice as Dr. Robertson talks about how the park was renovated – and why.


David Perry
Conquering Your Digital Camera

Making Beautiful & Memorable Garden Photos
Thursday, February 24 at 12:15 pm in the Hood Room
Point-and-shoot digital cameras are the new Instamatics, but they are infinitely more capable in capturing photos that can be studied, experimented with, and generously shared.  Sadly, many digital point-and-shoot owners are still intimidated by the immensity of what they don’t know about their cameras’ amazing capabilities. Veteran commercial and garden photographer David Perry has more than thirty years professional experience, yet he uses point-and-shoot cameras constantly.  He will show you how to play more effectively, how to try new ways of seeing and capturing pictures, and how to use the camera you already own to make wonderful garden photos!

These are just a few of the 123 seminars we will have at the show, so there’s something for everyone, from budding new gardeners to seasoned veterans. There will be seminars from 32 new speakers making their first appearance on the garden show’s stage, and 55 book signings following the seminars. For the complete schedule. check our website at – Janet



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