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Kathleen Brenzel

Author/editor of 14 books, former Garden Editor, Sunset Magazine

Kathleen Brenzel, former Garden Editor of Sunset Magazine, is author of many magazine articles on gardens and plants, and editor of 14 garden books, including the Sunset Western Garden Book (four editions), the Western Landscaping Book (3 editions), Easy Care Plantings, and The Northwest Gardening Book. Throughout her career, she has also shared garden ideas and techniques on TV shows, including The Victory Garden for PBS (as West Coast Hostess for a season), Grow It for HGTV, and The House Doctor for ABC; on radio programs; and aboard the cruise ship Crystal Symphony enroute to Western Canada and Alaska. Her passion for plants and gardens has taken her around the globe, including to Hawaii, where she completed a fellowship in the ecology of the Hawaiian Islands at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on the island of Kauai. She has served as judge of display gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden show, and of garden design competitions, including the APLD International Garden Design Competition in 2013. In 2007, she received the American Horticultural Society’s Horticultural Communications Award, and in 2016, the Excellence in Media award from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).


Down to Earth: 10 Elements for a Garden To Nurture Body, Mind, and Soul

Gardens are not just places to grow plants. They are mental spas where you can turn down the volume of your hectic life, and tune up your senses. They can provide you with food, fragrance, joy, inspiration, and a calming connection to nature. Discover how to make your garden uniquely yours, with inspiring ideas for retreats, dining areas, paths, patios, containers, and water features, gleaned from nurturing gardens large and small, that you can adapt for your own garden.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 7:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Steal ‘Em! Great Ideas from the West’s Best Flower Show

Every year the NWFGS brings you appealing ideas for paths, patios, retreats, water features, and more. To celebrate the show’s 30th year, former Sunset garden editor, Kathleen Brenzel, and garden writer, Mary-Kate Mackey, glean the most creative and surprising ideas from the show’s display gardens, and discuss how you can adapt them in your own garden. Co-authors of Sunset’s Secret Gardens, a book of design ideas and tips from the show, they’ll focus on plants, paving, materials, color, and more.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow