Seminars

When you dig into our FREE seminars and demonstrations you’ll be inspired to turn your garden dreams into reality. Whether you’re a novice gardener, or a well-seasoned veteran, our expert Speakers show you how to create gracious outdoor living spaces and luscious, sustainable gardens perfect for your family.

Our seminars blend stunning visuals showcasing cutting-edge advice from garden designers, horticulturists and authors, as well as practical demonstrations of container gardening, pruning, and home décor from the garden — there’s something for everyone. See one seminar or see dozens! They’re all included in your ticket price, so drop in every day and discover something new.

Looking for a favorite Speaker? Go to our Speakers at a Glance page and just scroll down to find your favorites, their topics and when they will be speaking. And you can also download our popular Show Preview Guide (available in December) for a handy guide on all the seminars, or pick one up at a retail ticket outlet.

The full Seminar Schedule can be viewed online below.

Our free seminars are all conveniently located on Tahoma Level Three of The Conference Center with plenty of seating for everyone. It’s OK to lunch and learnbring your latte, your lunch or a glass of wine and relax while you enjoy the speakers.

Please see the map below for the exact location on the show floor.

The official Show Preview Guide will soon be available to view online or download. This Preview Guide is an invaluable resource for planning your days at the show. It includes the full seminar schedule, by date and topic, as well as highlights of the features coming to the show. Pick up your Preview Guide at your nearest ticket outlet, or view or download an expanded version with complete seminar descriptions from our website.

Speaker Biographies

When viewing the Seminar Schedule, be sure to click on a speaker name to read a full bio and a description of their seminar.

Seminar Descriptions

With over 100 seminars how to you find the ones you need most? It’s easy—go to our Seminars By Category page and pick the categories you’re interested in. It includes a brief description of the seminar content. Check it out by clicking here.

Speaker Handouts

Speaker handouts for the 2018 NWFGS Seminar Series will be posted the evening of the seminar (after 9pm). If you miss one of our great seminars, and the speaker provided a handout, just click on the seminar title to download the handout. We keep the schedule up for months after the show, so you can access it as your get back out into the garden.

Only seminar titles with a blue newspaper icon by the time have a handout available for download. If you do not see a seminar title in blue, it means that speaker didn’t have a handout for that seminar.

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Book Signing

Handout

Click here for the full Book Signing schedule

2018 Seminar Schedule

Click on a day below to view that day’s lineup.

Our Seminar Schedule is sorted by date, then by room and time. You may also scroll down to view the full schedule. Want to find specific topics? Use our Seminars by Categories pages to find the seminars just right for you.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am

Bordering on Insanity: Creating an All-Year-Round Border

  • Timothy Walker — 2018 Show Judge, horticulturist, author and Former Director of Oxford Botanic Garden, Great Britain
11:45 am
1:00 pm
 

Layering a Garden: Strategies, Decisions and Plant Selections

  • Bob Hyland — 2018 Show Judge, designer and horticulturist, Hyland Garden Design
2:15 pm (90)
GARDEN 101: Preserving Our Vital Pollinators
  • David Mizejewski — Naturalist with National Wildlife Federation and author, Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife
  • Robin Haglund — Garden coach, speaker, writer and president, Garden Mentors® Inc.
  • Paige Embry — Author, Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators
4:30 pm
 

Rooted in Place: Cutting Edge Gardens of the Pacific Northwest

  • Lucy Hardiman — Educator, garden writer and designer, Perennial Partners

5:45 pm

A Plant’s-eye View of Your Gardening Practices

  • Anne Biklé — Biologist and co-author, The Hidden Half of Nature
7:00 pm
  • Robin Haglund — Garden coach, speaker, writer and president, Garden Mentors® Inc.

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am

Making a Difference: Show Your Garden’s Unique Purpose and Story

  • David Perry — Professional photographer and owner, David Perry Photography

11:15 am

Sensational, Easy-care Succulents in Containers 

  • Debra Lee Baldwin — Best-selling photojournalist and author, Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens
12:30 pm
 

No Watering Required: Water-Wise Garden Design!

  • Kirk R. Brown — Award-winning designer and past president, Garden Writers Association
1:45 pm
  • Bobbie Schwartz, FAPLD — Award-winning designer and owner, Bobbie’s Green Thumb and author, Garden Renovation
3:00 pm
  • Brenda C. Adams — Award-winning designer, Gardens By Design and author, Cool Plants for Cold Climates and There's a Moose in My Garden
4:15 pm
  • Kerry Ann Mendez — Award-winning designer, Perennially Yours and author, The Budget Wise Gardener
5:30 pm

Foliage and Focal Points: Ideas for Gardens and Budgets of All Sizes

  • Karen Chapman — Designer, Le Jardinet, and co-author, Fine Foliage and Gardening with Foliage First
6:45 pm
 

8 Tips to Growing Great Roses in the Pacific Northwest

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am
 

Celebrate with Beautiful Orchids

  • Joe Grienauer — Orchid expert and owner, Emerald City Orchids and 2017 NWFGS Garden Co-creator
11:45 am
 

Making Their Debut: Best New Plants for Northwest Gardens

  • Nicholas Staddon — Horticultural Consultant, former Director of New Plants for Monrovia Growers
1:30 pm
3:15 pm
  • Christina PfeifferHorticulturist, arborist and co-author, Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening

5:00 pm
 

How to Build a Strawberry Planter

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am
  • Bob Hyland — 2018 Show Judge, designer and horticulturist, Hyland Garden Design
11:45 am

The Subtle Art and Exact Science of Pruning

  • Timothy Walker — 2018 Show Judge, horticulturist, author and Former Director of Oxford Botanic Garden, Great Britain
1:00 pm
  • Bobbie Schwartz, FAPLD — Award-winning designer and owner, Bobbie’s Green Thumb and author, Garden Renovation
2:15 pm (90)
GARDEN 101: Gardening in Small Spaces

Turning Small Space Challenges into Opportunities

  • Lucy Hardiman — Educator, garden writer and designer, Perennial Partners

  • Susan Morrison — Landscape designer and author, The Less is More Garden and Garden Up!
  • Susan Morrison — Landscape designer and author, The Less is More Garden and Garden Up!
4:30 pm
  • Kirk R. Brown — Award-winning designer and past president, Garden Writers Association
5:45 pm
  • Brenda C. Adams — Award-winning designer, Gardens By Design and author, Cool Plants for Cold Climates and There's a Moose in My Garden
7:00 pm
  • Kathleen Brenzel — Author/editor of 14 books, former Garden Editor, Sunset Magazine

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am
  • Kerry Ann Mendez — Award-winning designer, Perennially Yours and author, The Budget Wise Gardener
11:15 am

Pint-Sized Plants for Pacific Northwest Gardens

  • Paul Bonine — Plantsman and co-owner, Xera Plants and co-author, Gardening in the Pacific Northwest
  • Amy Campion — Unabashed Plant Nerd and co-author, Gardening in the Pacific Northwest
12:30 pm

Designing with Succulents in the Pacific Northwest

  • Debra Lee Baldwin — Best-selling photojournalist and author, Designing with Succulents and Succulent Container Gardens
1:45 pm
  • Benjamin Vogt — Designer and owner, Monarch Gardens LLC and author, A New Garden Ethic
3:00 pm
  • C.L. Fornari — Author, The Cocktail Hour Garden and Coffee for Roses
  • Ellen Zachos — Author, The Wildcrafted Cocktail and co-host, Plantrama Podcast
4:15 pm

What the Cluck? Getting Started on Keeping Chickens

  • Jessica Bloom — Owner, NW Bloom, author, Free-Range Chicken Gardens and co-author, Practical Permaculture Design
5:30 pm

Garden Like Austen: Plants Jane Knew and Grew, and So Can You!

  • Linda Beutler — Author, Plant Lover’s Guide to Clematis and curator, Rogerson Clematis Collection
6:45 pm
  • David Mizejewski — Naturalist with National Wildlife Federation and author, Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am
  • Christina PfeifferHorticulturist, arborist and co-author, Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening

11:45 am
3:15 pm
 
  • JJ De Sousa — Garden and interior designer and owner, Digs Inside & Out, Portland
5:00 pm
 
  • Ladd Smith — Co-owner, InHarmony Sustainable Landscapes

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am
  • Mark Turner — Owner, Turner Photographics and co-author, Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest
11:45 am

Great Plants Adapted to Pacific Northwest Climates

  • Paul Bonine — Plantsman and co-owner, Xera Plants and co-author, Gardening in the Pacific Northwest
  • Amy Campion — Unabashed Plant Nerd and co-author, Gardening in the Pacific Northwest
1:00 pm
2:15 pm (90)
GARDEN 101: The Stars of Summer Gardens

Lavish Lilies: Queen of Summer Fragrant Bulbs

  • Rizanino Reyes — Owner, RHR Horticulture & Landwave Gardens and landscape manager, McMenamins

  • Laura Watson — Master Gardener, Master Pruner, ‘Clemaniac’ and blogger, ClematisinSeattle.com

Including Gorgeous Roses in Your Garden

4:30 pm

Life’s Lessons: What 30 Years of Gardening Have Taught Me

  • Ciscoe Morris — Radio, TV host, Seattle Times columnist, gardening celebrity and author, Ask Ciscoe
5:45 pm
 

The Key to Soil Mastery: Become a Soil “Chef”

  • Hendrikus Schraven — Healthy soil evangelist and founder, Hendrikus Group and Hendrikus Organics
  • Nirav Peterson — Healthy soil evangelist, founder and President, Hendrikus Organics
7:00 pm
  • Kristan Johnson — Designer, WWFRF Display Garden and owner, Abundant Design Landscaping

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am
 

Beyond Pinterest: Unlocking the Secrets Behind the Pretty Pictures

  • Darcy Daniels — Designer and owner, Bloomtown Gardens and founder, eGardenGo
11:15 am
  • Paige Embry — Author, Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators
12:30 pm
1:45 pm

Great Plant Picks: Must-have Plants for Beautiful Containers

  • Richie Steffen — Director/Curator, Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden and co-author, Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns
3:00 pm
  • Eileen M. Stark — Landscape designer, Second Nature Garden Design, photographer and author, Real Gardens Grow Natives
4:15 pm

The Homegrown Apothecary

  • Jessica Bloom — Owner, NW Bloom, author, Free-Range Chicken Gardens and co-author, Practical Permaculture Design
5:30 pm
  • Janet Sluis — Horticulturist and Curator of the Sunset Western Garden Collection
6:45 pm

The Ancient Art of Bonsai in the Modern World

  • Anthony Fajarillo — Co-owner, Redwood Builders, blogger, Bonsaiko.com and author, Wisdom Tree for the Digital Eden

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am

Introduction to Crafting for the Miniature Garden

  • Janit Calvo — Author, Gardening in Miniature and Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop
11:45 am
  • Becky Sell — Owner, Sedum Chicks, Salem, Oregon
3:15 pm
5:00 pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

10:30 am
  • Donna Balzer — Co-author, No Nonsense Vegetable Gardening
11:45 am
  • Benjamin Vogt — Designer and owner, Monarch Gardens LLC and author, A New Garden Ethic
1:00 pm
  • Kathleen Brenzel — Author/editor of 14 books, former Garden Editor, Sunset Magazine
  • Mary-Kate Mackey — Award-winning garden writer, speaker and author, Write Better Right Now
2:15 pm (90)
GARDEN 101: The New Edible Garden
  • Megan Cain — Owner, The Creative Vegetable Gardener and author, Smart Start Garden Planner
  • Ellen Zachos — Author, The Wildcrafted Cocktail and co-host, Plantrama Podcast
  • Niki Jabbour — Award-winning author, Groundbreaking Food Gardens and Veggie Garden Remix and Savvygardener.com blogger
4:30 pm
 

Beautiful, Multi-Purpose Plants for Today’s Busy Gardener

  • Janet Sluis — Horticulturist and Curator of the Sunset Western Garden Collection
5:45 pm

How to Design Bee-Friendly Flower Gardens

  • Kate Frey — Designer and ecological gardening educator and co-author, The Bee-Friendly Garden
7:00 pm
  • Steve Smith — Owner, Sunnyside Nursery and garden writer AKA “The Whistling Gardener”

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

10:00 am

Growing a Revolution: What’s the Buzz About Soil Health?

  • David Montgomery — Award-winning Geomorphologist and author, Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life
11:15 am
 

Fearless Outdoor Entertaining

  • JJ De Sousa — Garden and interior designer and owner, Digs Inside & Out, Portland
12:30 pm
  • C.L. Fornari — Author, The Cocktail Hour Garden and Coffee for Roses
1:45 pm
  • Christina Salwitz — Blogger, PersonalGardenCoach.com and co-author, Fine Foliage and Gardening with Foliage First
3:00 pm
  • Susan Morrison — Landscape designer and author, The Less is More Garden and Garden Up!
4:15 pm
  • Sue Goetz — Designer and owner, Creative Gardener, and author of The Herb Lovers Spa Book

5:30 pm
  • Robert Kourik — Owner and publisher of Metamorphic Press, and author, Understanding Roots
6:45 pm
  • Joanne Olszewski — Owner, Worm Woman, Inc. and co-author, Worms Eat My Garbage

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

10:00 am
 

Shop with a Pro: Nick’s Plant Picks from the Garden Show Plant Market

  • Nicholas Staddon — Horticultural Consultant, former Director of New Plants for Monrovia Growers
11:45 am
  • Charlie Nardozzi — Radio, TV host and author, Gardening Complete, Foodscaping and Urban Gardening for Dummies
1:30 pm
3:15 pm
 

Start Your Fruit Trees and Berries Off Right

  • Sam Benowitz — Fruit tree expert and owner, Raintree Nursery
5:00 pm
  • Stephanie Rose — Award-winning author, Garden Made and blogger, GardenTherapy.ca

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Rainier Room

(45 minutes except where noted)

11:45 am
  • Niki Jabbour — Award-winning author, Groundbreaking Food Gardens and Veggie Garden Remix and Savvygardener.com blogger
1:00 pm

How to Create, Restore and Maintain a Sustainable Yard

  • John J. Albers — Author, The Northwest Garden Manifesto and founder, Albers Vista Gardens
2:15 pm
Garden 101: Win The War on Weeds
  • Robin Haglund — Garden coach, speaker, writer and president, Garden Mentors® Inc.
  • Mary-Kate Mackey — Award-winning garden writer, speaker and author, Write Better Right Now

Weeds: Love ‘Em, Hate ‘Em & Eat ‘Em!

  • Jessica Bloom — Owner, NW Bloom, author, Free-Range Chicken Gardens and co-author, Practical Permaculture Design
4:30 pm

Hood Room

(All seminars are 45 minutes)

11:15 am
  • Joanne Olszewski — Owner, Worm Woman, Inc. and co-author, Worms Eat My Garbage
12:30 pm
  • Megan Cain — Owner, The Creative Vegetable Gardener and author, Smart Start Garden Planner
1:45 pm
  • Shelley Levis — Garden writer, speaker and owner, Sowanddipity.com and editor, Urbanique Magazine
3:00 pm
  • Robert Kourik — Owner and publisher of Metamorphic Press, and author, Understanding Roots
4:15 pm
  • Bill Thorness — Author, Cool Season Gardener and Edible Heirlooms

DIY Stage

(All seminars are 60 minutes)

11:45 am
  • Charlie Nardozzi — Radio, TV host and author, Gardening Complete, Foodscaping and Urban Gardening for Dummies
1:30 pm
  • Stephanie Rose — Award-winning author, Garden Made and blogger, GardenTherapy.ca
3:15 pm
 

Pruning Japanese Maples from an Arborist Point of View

  • Barry Hoffer — Arborist and owner, Maples for All Seasons

How do I get there?

All three seminar rooms are located in the state-of-the-art Conference Center on Tahoma Level Three. 

To get there, cross the SkyBridge into the North Hall. Turn right and go down any aisle towards the large Seminar banners you’ll see hanging from the ceiling. Take the escalator or elevator down one level to The Conference Center.

The Rainier Room, Hood Room, DIY Stage and Book Signing Station are all conveniently located in one area. Restrooms are available behind the escalators. 

To return to the rest of the show, just go back up the escalator or elevator.

You can enjoy unlimited seminar viewing for free every day of the show without waiting in any lines.

NOTE: Speaker schedule subject to change at anytime. No refunds. Please visit us at gardenshow.com/seminars for the most current seminar schedule and speaker biographies.

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