One of a Kind: The Connections Between People, Places and Plants

One of a Kind: The Connections Between People, Places and Plants

Some things just defy categorization. Like a garden. The reason why people create a garden, and how they go about gardening, are as unique as every single garden. So that’s why we created a “one-of-a-kind” category. Because these seminars are surely one-of-a-kind (and they are not-to-be-missed).

Each of these seminars promises to be eclectic, entertaining and enlightening, perhaps even challenging the way you think about your gardenand why you garden. Because gardens can teach us a lot about life. And that’s a good thing.




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.

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

David E. Perry—Professional photographer and owner, David Perry Photography

Do you feel a sense of purpose in your garden; a desire to contribute to your family’s health and that of the community and the planet? Discover ways to ‘show’ the magic that you feel within your garden to best share it on your social media, so others might emulate what you’ve done! Finding better ways to tell your garden’s unique stories is a perfect way to spread the word, to encourage others to perhaps modify their gardens to become part of a beautiful solution rather than part of the problem. In this lavishly illustrated discussion, photographer David Perry will inspire you on ways to share your own garden’s story.

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 10:00 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Rooted in Place: Cutting Edge Gardens of the Pacific Northwest

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

The Pacific Northwest is a horticultural convergence of great gardens, creative and knowledgeable gardeners, and fabulous specialty nurseries. Generations of innovative gardeners have paid homage to a region where diverse natural features and layers of nature exert a strong sense of place. Our region’s venerable and iconic gardens each tell their own story as influential now as when they were created. Join Lucy as she explores gardens that continue to inform how we design gardens in this modern world.

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room

Plant Lovers: Bring Your Questions and Join the LIVE Plantrama Podcast!

C.L. Fornari—Author, Coffee for Roses and The Cocktail Garden Hour and co-host, Plantrama Podcast
Ellen Zachos—Author, The Wildcrafted Cocktail and co-host, Plantrama Podcast

Join C.L. Fornari and Ellen Zachos as they record a live version of “Plantrama” at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. They will talk about how a flower show can provide you with garden design ideas, some of their favorite edibles, and their preferred “just for fun” plants. They’ll answer questions from the audience, and end with recommendations for “bucket list” garden destinations. It’s fun, it’s unpredictable, and it’s all about plants!

Thursday, Feb 8 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Special Presentation: A Visit from Frederick Law Olmsted

Kirk R. Brown—Award-winning designer and president, Garden Writers Association

Designer, horticulturist, and lecturer Kirk R. Brown channels Frederick Law Olmsted, considered to be the father of Landscape Architecture and the first leading spokesperson for conservation and sustainable practices. Responsible for designing over 6,000 landscapes in North America, Olmsted’s legacy includes the grounds of The White House, Central Park, and a conservation movement that is still challenging the world today. His influence is enormous; he created entire cities out of the American wilderness. Moreover, his inspiration extended to his son and stepson, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and John Charles Olmsted—founders of the renowned Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm. Hailed as visionaries, they helped found the forerunner to the system of parks throughout Seattle, Tacoma and Portland. In this fascinating and moving reenactment (in costume), of Frederick Law Olmsted himself, discover the impact of FLO, and come away inspired to create a garden that benefits you now—and will continue to benefit future generations to come.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room

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

Linda Beutler—Author, Plant Lovers Guide to Clematis and curator, Rogerson Clematis Collection

Beloved novelist Jane Austen was the gardener in her family. Many of her most beloved plants are still available today, and there’s good reason we seek these plants 200 years after her death. This seminar includes durable plants for the beginning gardener, a little history, a playful swipe at nomenclature, and a conspiracy theory of garden writer and award-winning Jane Austen Fan Fiction author Linda Beutler’s—a botanical and literary intrigue yet to be disproved!

Thursday, Feb 8 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Gardening Matters: Discover a Relationship with Nature Through Your Garden

Lorene Edwards Forkner—Editor, Pacific Horticulture, and author, Handmade Garden Projects

Gardens enrich our lives, help build livable communities, and nourish this increasingly hot and crowded planet. Tending a plot of land, no matter how big or how small, puts you in a relationship with nature. Tune in to natural rhythms and everyday wonders by crafting a beautiful landscape where humans, plants, and wildlife amicably co-exist. While grounded in the garden, we’ll explore projects and practices connected to the world beyond its borders.

Friday, Feb 9 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

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

Ciscoe Morris—Radio, TV host, columnist & author, Ask Ciscoe

When the Northwest’s beloved icon Ciscoe Morris began his gardening career, he was just James Morris. Over the years he became a pioneer in gardening and environmental leadership, as he coaxed his first major employer, Seattle University, to practice Earth-friendly, sustainable landscape management. As his popularity grew (and his jokes improved) Ciscoe’s influence spread throughout the Northwest and U.S., helping thousands of gardeners who soon knew him as just Ciscoe. Join Ciscoe as he reminiscences about his life in gardens, and what the people, and the planet have taught him.

Friday, Feb 9 at 4:30 pm / Rainer Room / Book signing to follow

Cultivating a New Garden Ethic

Benjamin Vogt—Designer and owner, Monarch Gardens LLC and author, A New Garden Ethic

In a time of climate change and vanishing species, how we garden matters more than ever. This impassioned talk delves into philosophy and science to make a case for urban gardens as crucial wildlife refuges. How can we rebuild the essential bond between humans and nature, and why does it matter? Through research, personal story, and stunning images, you’ll leave empowered to make a difference for nature at home and in your community.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow