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Brian Minter

2016 Show Judge, Co-owner and president, Minter Country Garden Store

A recipient of the ‘Order of Canada’ and an ‘Honorary Doctorate of Technology’, Brian Minter, B.A., is a horticulturist, entrepreneur and co-owner with his wife, Faye, of Minter Country Garden, an innovative destination garden center and greenhouse growing operation in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Brian is well known from his magazine articles, syndicated newspaper columns and TV and radio programs. Brian is in demand internationally as a speaker by industry and by gardening and tourism groups. Recently, he received the Award of Merit (2014) from the Perennial Plant Association as well as the Garden Writer’s 2014 Hall of Fame Award. Brian has sat on the boards of many community organizations and was the first Chancellor of the University of the Fraser Valley.


Who’s The Thriller? Bringing New “Wow” to Containers

You’ve often heard that the secret to a great planting is the trio: ‘thrillers’, ‘fillers’ and ‘spillers’. In truth, many of the ‘thrillers’ don’t look any better than the other two components. It is time to re-invent the ‘thrillers’. Let’s go a little nuts, dig down deep and discover a whole new series of ‘wows’!

Wednesday, Feb 17 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room

The Art of Combination: Taking the Ordinary to the Extraordinary

A fabulous garden has never been about a plant — it has always been about the ability of a plant to combine with others to extend the season of enjoyment, to lessen the downtime and to heighten the effect. Great garden design is about finding the ‘pop’, making magic and ultimately creating art … and that is where we all need to be.

Friday, Feb 19 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room