See It, Learn It, Do It: Practical Insights to Grow Your Gardening Skills

See It, Learn It, Do It: Practical Insights to Grow Your Gardening Skills

We have a wide array of seminars to help you amp up your skills in the garden. Learn to prune like a pro, get started on a worm bin, discover the right garden tools, and tackle (or eat!) those inevitable weeds!

No matter whether you’re a newbie or a well-seasoned gardener, you can always learn tricks and techniques with our popular DIY Seminars. You’ll be glad you did, saving yourself time and money in the future, with a healthier—and more beautiful—garden.


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.

Celebrate with Beautiful Orchids

Joe Grienauer—Orchid expert and owner, Emerald City Orchids and NWFGS garden co-creator

Joe will help you get Orchids that you treasure with this great hands-on demonstration. He’ll cover basic Orchid background, care, fertilization, and pest/disease control. He’ll review greenhouse vs. window vs. artificial light growing techniques, how to initiate flowers on a healthy plant, and which orchids are best for newbies. He’ll also demo the all-important Orchid repotting orchid. Even brown thumbs can grow Orchids if they learn the basic techniques, and Joe is just the person to get you started.

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 10:00 am / DIY Stage

Flowering Shrubs: Pruning to Maximize Bloom and Beauty

Christina Pfeiffer—Horticulturist, arborist and co-author, Pacific Northwest Gardening Month-by-Month

Shrubs never grow naturally in the shape of a box, so why do you see so many of them? Learning how to prune shrubs is vital for a beautiful, natural landscape—and shrub health. Christina will demonstrate the timing and techniques for pruning different types of flowering shrubs for optimal blooms and year-round appearance. Learn how to prune to manage size and to how to rejuvenate shrubs that are blooming poorly. The value of your home’s landscape improves with well-pruned plants!

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

How to Build a Strawberry Planter

Kirsten Dunn—Dunn DIY Brand Manager and Host

Strawberries are a great plant to start in the winter as a bare-root plant that will come alive in spring. Kirsten will walk through how to build this planter and provide the audience with a handout that has step-by-step instructions to make their own. This planter is made of cedar, so it’s naturally rot-resistant. We’ll also partner with Swansons Nursery to provide some tips on how to grow strawberries in the Pacific Northwest. Kirsten believes that everyone can DIY, and is excited to share this project with you!

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage

Retire into Your Garden with Ease

Robin Haglund—Garden coach, speaker, writer and president, Garden Mentors® Inc.

As we age, the simple gardening tasks of our youth may now become daunting chores. Learning to plan, design, build and maintain simpler gardens & gardening lifestyles can still mean you have gorgeous, enjoyable outdoor spaces. Learn about great tools for debilitated or aging bodies, easy-care plants that add Wow!, and other tips for less-aches-more-ahhs in your garden – whether you’re young or old, a veteran gardener or the newly aspiring green thumb who just wants easier ways to garden.

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 7:00 pm / Rainier Room

How to Prune…So You Don’t Have to Prune So Often

Christina Pfeiffer—Horticulturist, arborist and co-author, Pacific Northwest Gardening Month-by-Month

Pruning done correctly helps moderate return growth, is healthier for a shrub or hedge, and maintains a natural form. Pruning less often also saves labor and energy and reduces green waste volume. Pruning done incorrectly causes rapid return growth, weakens the shrub, stimulates shrubs to rapid growth, and increases your labor. The solution? Learn the simple steps to proper pruning! You’ll save time, labor and have a beautiful shrub or hedge for your efforts which increases your property values!

Thursday, Feb 8 at 10:00 am / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

The Subtle Art and Exact Science of Pruning

Timothy Walker— 2018 Show Judge, horticulturist, author and Former Director of Oxford Botanic Garden, Great Britain

Do you shudder when you see a “square” shrub in your neighborhood? A well-pruned plant, allowed to grow and mature as it was meant, to be is a thing of beauty. For many people pruning is as bewildering as potions were to the young Harry Potter, but armed with Timothy Walker’s 10 principles you will never fear pruning again. In addition to these principles, Timothy will look at the various classes of pruning, with many examples of trees and shrubs commonly found in gardens

Thursday, Feb 8 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Shaping, not Pruning, Fruit Trees All Summer

Robert Kourik—Owner and publisher of Metamorphic Press, and author, Understanding Roots

Have you always thought that trees can only be pruned while dormant? That water-sprouts or suckers are always bad? The answers to these questions are false. This seminar debunks and replaces common winter-based pruning myths with scientifically-proven guidelines. You will learn how to abandon your pruning shears, yet have a more bountiful harvest than ever. And, for example, how to use toothpicks and rocks to increase yields.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 5:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Get Started on Composting With Worms (Vermicomposting)

Joanne Olszewski—Owner, Worm Woman, Inc. and co-author, Worms Eat My Garbage

Vermicomposting is a process that uses worms to recycle food waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer for house plants and gardens. The seminar will begin with the advantages of vermicomposting and the best ways to use resources gained through this system. Secondly, you will learn the complete process of setting up your own worm bin. Specifically, what kind of worms are needed, how to care and feed the worms and how to harvest worms once established.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 6:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Choosing the Right Worm Bin and Worm Species for Vermicomposting

Joanne Olszewski—Owner, Worm Woman, Inc. and co-author, Worms Eat My Garbage

A small scale worm bin can easily be set up in your home or garden. They can be bought commercially or built in many ways. To create these bins you’ll learn what is available commercially and how to build your own worm bin out of various purchased materials or recycled items found in their homes. Additionally, learn what worms are best suited for worm bins and how others are considered an invasive species.

Sunday, Feb 11 at 11:15 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Retooling Your Garden and Your Gardening Practices

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

Are you still using that old hoe your father had, or pruners from your mom’s era? It’s time to retool your garden. The right tools make gardening easier, more efficient and fun! Charlie will demonstrate some innovative new tools on the market, highlight the must-have tools for beginners, as well as the latest tools for expert gardeners, and demonstrate accessible tools for those with physical issues. Learn the proper way to shovel, prune, rake and hoe without hurting yourself. Free product give-a-way too! Sponsored by Gardeners Supply Company and Velcro USA.

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

GARDEN 101: Win The War on Weeds

Is That a Weed or What?

Robin Haglund—Garden coach, speaker, writer and president, Garden Mentors® Inc.

Weed Control: Groundcovers are the Missing Link

Mary-Kate Mackey—Award-winning garden writer, speaker and author, Write Better Right Now

Weeds: Love ‘Em, Hate ‘Em & Eat ‘Em!

Jessi Bloom—Owner, NW Bloom, author Free-Range Chicken Gardens and co-author, Practical Permaculture Design

Weeds—every garden has them; every gardener wants to get rid of them. In this must-see seminar three garden pros tell you how to ID your weeds, how to prevent them, and even how to eat them! Garden coach Robin Haglund helps you prioritize and tackle removing true weeds from the “naughty naturalizers” that are native weeds. Author Mary-Kate Mackey talks about living mulches—beautiful groundcovers that will work with your existing plants to hold moisture and block unwanted weeds. Finally, designer Jessi Bloom gives you the ultimate guide to getting a grip on your weeds—eating them. She will also be sharing ideas on how to make the most of them, as medicinal and culinary herbs. No matter what your weed problems are, here are three seminars that will get you closer to winning the war on weeds!

Sunday, Feb 11 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room

Pruning Japanese Maples from an Arborist Point of View

Barry Hoffer—Arborist and owner, Maples for All Seasons

Barry Hoffer has a passion for Japanese maples, an invaluable tree for the Northwest landscape. He will explain the philosophy of pruning and then demonstrate proper pruning technique on an actual Japanese maple tree showing each essential point. As an aesthetic arborist, he’ll talk about making proper cuts, soil and the overall health of the tree. Diseases associated with the Japanese Maples are covered, including how to repair and remove diseased branches and treatment.

Sunday, Feb 11 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage