Our Seminar Schedule is sorted by date, then by room and time. Want to find specific topics? Use our Seminars by Category pages to find the seminars just right for you.


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We post Speakers' Pro Tips every evening by 9 pm after the show closes for the day. If you would like to access the SPEAKER PRO TIPS just click on the pink paper icon on the seminar schedule to download and print their Pro Tips, or go to the dropdown menu for a listing of all Speaker Pro Tips. We keep the schedule up for months after the show, so you can access all the Pro Tips as you get back out into the garden.

If you do not see paper symbol, it means that the Speaker didn’t provide a Pro Tips for that seminar.

No ticket refunds in the event of Speaker cancellations.

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Rainier Room

(All seminars 60 minutes unless noted)

10:00 AM

Ecological Gardening and Companion Planting

Charlie Nardozzi - Regional Emmy award-winning radio, TV host and author, Gardening Complete and No-Dig Gardening

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11:30 AM

Ideas for Pacific Northwest Gardens—from England

Karen Chapman–Owner, Le Jardinet, award-winning co-author, Fine Foliage, Gardening with Foliage First and author, Deer-Resistant Design

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1:00 PM


Newer Plants Showing Promise

Richard Hawke - Director of Ornamental Research, Chicago Botanic Garden

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2:15 PM

Praise and Protection: Why You Should Care About Endangered Plants

Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson - Founders, Far Reaches Botanical Conservancy and Far Reaches Farm

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3:30 PM

Everywhere Plants: Natives That Make Great Supporting Players

Kelly D Norris - Award-winning plant expert, designer and author, New Naturalism

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5:00 PM

Weird Vegetable Problems: Abiotic Disorders and How to Prevent Them

Susan Mulvihill - Author, The Vegetable Garden Problem Solver Handbook and Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook, and garden columnist for Spokesman Review

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6:30 PM

Grow More Flowers

Jenny Rose Carey - Garden writer, photographer, and author, The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Guide and Glorious Shade

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Hood Room

(All seminars 60 minutes)

9:30 AM

For the Love of Hummingbirds

John Shewey - Author, The Hummingbird Handbook and co-author, Birds of the Pacific Northwest

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10:45 AM

Sowing Hope: Grow More Food Across Three Seasons

Meg McAndrews Cowden - Author, Plant Grow Harvest Repeat and founder, The Modern Garden Guild

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12:00 PM

Climate Change in Your Garden: Building Resilience Now

Kim Stoddart - U.K. garden journalist and co-author, The Climate Change Garden 

Sally Morgan - U.K. co-author, The Climate Change Garden and author, The Healthy Vegetable Garden

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1:15 PM

Creative Vegetable Gardening: How to Get More Joy Out of Growing Food

Kelly Smith Trimble - Editor, writer and author, The Creative Vegetable Gardener and Vegetable Gardening Wisdom

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2:45 PM

Five Easy Elements for a Healthy Garden

Mary Kate Mackey - Award-winning garden writer, speaker and co-author, The Healthy Garden: Simple Steps for a Greener World

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4:00 PM

Groundcovers: Great Alternatives to Turf Grass

Kathy Jentz - Award-winning author, Groundcover Revolution, co-author, The Urban Garden and editor/publisher, Washington Gardener 

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5:15 PM

The Plantrama Top 10: What to Know and Grow

C.L. Fornari - Author, Coffee for Roses and The Cocktail Garden Hour and award-winning co-host, Plantrama Podcast

Ellen Zachos - Award-winning co-host, Plantrama Podcast, and author, The Forager’s Pantry, Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail

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6:45 PM

Beauty and the Bees: A Different Way of Looking at Garden Design.

Deborah Trickett - Award-winning container designer and owner, The Captured Garden

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DIY Stage

(All seminars 60 minutes)

10:00 AM

Richie’s Picks #3: Garden-to-Table Freshness from Fruit, Veggies and Seeds

Richie Steffen - Executive Director, Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden and co-author, Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns

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11:45 AM

Growing and Propagating a Bevy of Begonias

Ann Amato - Horticulturist and seed propagator at Cistus Nursery and blogger, 

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1:30 PM

A Simple Approach and Best Tools for Pruning Most Shrubs and Small Garden Trees

Christina Pfeiffer - Horticulture consultant and educator, ISA certified arborist and co-author, Pacific Northwest Gardening Month-by-Month

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3:15 PM

The Language of Flowers: Gifts from the Garden

Teresa Sabankaya - Author of The Posy Book 

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