Maximizing Space: Small Space Solutions and Container Gardens

Maximizing Space: Small Space Solutions and Container Gardens

So many plants…so little space. If you find yourself constrained by the limitations of a small patio, a narrow side yard, or a condo balcony, learn how to take advantage of all the space you have from our design experts. Discover clever ways to ‘find’ space, how to use vertical space, create stunning container gardens, and even grow edibles in containers.

So if you think you don’t have room for a garden, think again! You can surround yourself with the beauty of nature and create a space you love to come home to—even if it’s on the tenth floor.


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.

Pint-Sized Plants for Pacific Northwest Gardens

Paul Bonine—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

Many of us garden on small city lots and large plants just aren’t an option. Many of us with big gardens are so plant-crazed that we fill up even large borders quickly. But we can always find room for cool, small plants. We will highlight some of the best petite plants for our region, emphasizing those that are somewhat uncommon but that can be found in the trade with a little searching.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 11:15 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

GARDEN 101: Gardening in Small Spaces

Turning Small Space Challenges into Opportunities

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

The Less is More Garden

Susan Morrison—Landscape designer and author, The Less is More Garden and Garden Up!

Savvy Side Yard Solutions

Rebecca Sweet—Designer, Harmony in the Garden and author, Refresh Your Garden Design

Do you have a small, awkward backyard? Unsightly views of neighbors? A side yard filled with everyday clutter? Or perhaps you are in a new home on a very small lot. These are all opportunities! Join 3 leading designers, Lucy Hardiman, Rebecca Sweet and Susan Morrison, to learn how to address the realities that small backyards present. Join them and learn strategies to create spaciousness, with fabulous before-and-after looks at design solutions anyone can do. No matter your style, you’re sure to leave excited to transform this final frontier of your garden.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Showcase Hardy Succulents in Space-saving Stacked Planters

Becky Sell—Nursery Owner, Sedum Chicks, Salem, Oregon

If you have a space-challenged patio or balcony, “Sedum Chick” Becky Sell will show you how you can grow easy care Sedums in stacked planters. She will demonstrate how to plant a mini tower of containers to save space for your patio or porch. Along the way she will display how to work with colorful outdoor hardy succulents while giving valuable tips on their benefits and care. You’ll gain the confidence to plant your own outdoor hardy succulents.

Friday, Feb 9 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage

The Container Revolution!

Charlie Nardozzi—Radio and TV host and author, Gardening Complete and Foodscaping

Container gardening continues to be popular and there are many choices for pots, soils, and plants. Whether you’re a city gardener with a balcony, a suburban gardener with a small deck or a country gardener looking to downsize, containers are the solution. Charlie will cover many unusual containers, talking about the latest innovations with each, and show examples of different soil mixes, plant combinations and ways to keep the container looking good throughout the season. Free product give-a-way too! Sponsored by Gardeners Supply Company and Velcro USA.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

The Less is More Garden: Big Ideas for Your Small Yard

Susan Morrison—Landscape designer and author, The Less is More Garden and Garden Up!

Attention, space-challenged gardeners! The less is more approach to garden design was created specifically to address the realities small to-average sized backyards present. From learning a novel technique that will help you determine the best ways to invest your budget, to strategies for creating spaciousness to suggestions for high-performing, problem-solving plants, you will learn how less space and effort can result in more beauty and enjoyment.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

It’s Easy to Grow Edibles on Your Countertop

Shelley Levis—Garden writer, speaker and owner, and editor, Urbanique Magazine

Do you want to grow healthy, fresh edibles, but lack a garden? No worries! Now you can grow edibles right on your indoor countertops with innovative devices available on the market designed for small indoor gardening spaces. Advancements in technology take the guess work out of growing hydroponically, designing a feeding program and choosing the right light source for optimal growth. Author Shelley Levis will take you through the steps to set up your own edible garden—indoors!

Sunday, Feb 11 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room