Get Crafty: Art, Home Décor and Self Care from the Garden

Get Crafty: Art, Home Décor and Self Care from the Garden

Plants have served as the source of imaginative art around the world. Now you can learn how to put the plants in your garden to fun use. Whether it’s for a unique gift or creative art pieces to display in your own garden, we have some crafty seminars to spark your own imagination.

Learn how to put together gorgeous floral arrangements, play with those weird air plants, create Kokedama, and start your own Bonsai. You’ll not only enjoy these terrific speakers, you’ll leave armed with new knowledge to create something you’ll enjoy for a long time to come.


Be sure to download our full Show Preview Guide! It will be available online to download in December.

The show preview guide will include the full Seminar Schedule, Seminars by Category, as well are other show highlights and show info.

The Seminars by Category are listed in chronological order. Each of the seminars listed below will tell you the speaker name, seminar topic, seminar description, date, time, seminar location and if there is a book signing afterwards.

Please check the full Seminar Schedule for a full list of ALL our seminars.

Fun With Foliage: Create Stunning Floral Arrangements with Foliage

Sharrai Morgan, AIFD—Floral designer and owner, Holly’s Fine Flowers

Discover how you can create gorgeous arrangements using different types of foliage manipulations to give your floral designs pizzazz. Sharrai will talk about sources for foliage, including your own garden, road sides, local florists or wholesaler and grocery stores. Learn how to treat and prepare the fresh materials for longevity, along with new design techniques in bending, folding, manipulating and weaving to create stunning compositions to enjoy at home in partnership with fresh flowers.

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage

Desktop Designs: Brighten Your Workspace with Easy, Enchanting Floral Design

Gina Thresher, AIFD, CFD—Owner and designer, From the Ground Up Floral

Have you overlooked making your workspace a place of happiness? Bringing in a floral element can brighten your space, and is proven to boost productivity. A small floral design can be a hostess or client gift, lightening the mood and making you incredibly memorable. Gina will create four designs just perfect for desks and workspaces that anyone can master. Using live plants, cut flowers, foliage, and foraged items, it is easy to create something to bring your eyes and heart some joy.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage

For the Love of Tillandsias

JJ De Sousa—Garden and interior designer and owner, Digs Inside & Out, Portland

Tillandias, or Airplants, are all the rage! Since these plants don’t require soil to grow, they are able to live in ways and places that few other plants can—especially high-rise apartments. From aeriums to terrariums, grape wood plantings to wall hangings, discover how to create living sculptures, miniature living worlds and hanging vertical gardens. Learn how to easily take care of your new plant creations and keep them healthy for years! (Hint—no green thumb required!)

Thursday, Feb 8 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage

Getting Started Creating Bonsai

Ladd Smith—Co-owner, InHarmony Sustainable Landscapes

Bonsai means “plant in a pot”. Bonsai is the practice of creating and maintaining beautiful art. Learn everything you need to know to get started growing and creating your own living work of art. All the basics for getting started will be demonstrated; what to look for when picking the right plant; soil, water and horticultural care will be discussed along with wiring, pruning and repotting. Early spring is the perfect time to get started creating bonsai.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage

Introduction to Crafting for the Miniature Garden

Janit Calvo—Author, Gardening in Miniature and Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop

Join expert miniature gardener Janit Calvo and learn crafting techniques for your miniature garden. Learn how to shrink any theme or idea into a miniature garden scene, how to prepare delicate items for outdoor use, and how to make your own very own variety of weatherproof miniature yard art. Simple painting techniques that you can apply to almost any material will be also demonstrated.

Friday, Feb 9 at 10:00 am / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Beautiful Botanical Gifts with Hand-crafted Kokedama

Patricia Ruff—Owner, Rocky Bay Garden Creations
Chance Justbe—Botanical Artist and owner of happenstantials

Say ‘thank you’ by gifting easy to grow plants which are rooted in a burlap wrapped ‘soil ball’ and accented in personalized ways—the art of Kokedama. This step-by-step demonstration is easy to follow and suitable for novice and crafty gardeners of all ages. It will cover the best plant selections, soil and materials needed. Kokedama is fun, easy and can be used as a group-activity and customized for many occasions, such as wedding favors, birthday gift, kid’s parties, and other celebrations.

Friday, Feb 9 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage

Fearless Outdoor Entertaining

JJ De Sousa—Garden and interior designer and owner, Digs Inside & Out, Portland

You’ve worked hard on your garden for so long—show it off in style! Throw a party and leave friends savoring the fruits of your labor? JJ will help you fearlessly create the perfect scene for a summer of exciting outdoor entertaining! Discover how to pick a stunning color palette, find fantastic furniture and accessories, set a creative outdoor table and learn easy food and drink tips. Get a head start on the season and ready your garden for a fun summer of outdoor entertaining!

Saturday, Feb 10 at 11:15 am / Hood Room

Plants Anyone Can Grow! Creative Crafting with Air Plants and Wire

Stephanie Rose—Award-winning author, Garden Made and blogger,

Turn those Tillandsias into something show-stopping with a bit of creative wire work. Gluing air plants affects their health and watering needs. Wiring air plants is the preferable method to allow plants to thrive. You can even turn them into living jewelry! Stephanie will demonstrate how to use wire in a variety of projects to display air plants. Learn which wire is best (and which is toxic) as well as how to water the plants. Projects include a reclaimed wood wall hanging, living wreath, hanging seashell, table top display, and a pendant necklace.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow
Sunday, Feb 11 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow