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Niki Jabbour

Award-winning author, Groundbreaking Food Gardens and Veggie Garden Remix and blogger

Niki Jabbour is the best-selling, award-winning author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener (Storey, 2011), winner of an American Horticultural Society Book Award, and also Groundbreaking Food Gardens (Storey, 2014). Her next book, Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix, will be released by Storey in January 2018. Niki also writes regularly for Fine Gardening, Birds & Blooms, and Garden Making, and writes a monthly column for Horticulture magazine. Niki is also the award-winning host of “The Weekend Gardener,” winner of a Gold Award for Best On-Air Talent from the Garden Writers Association. It celebrates 11 years in 2018. Niki makes frequents appearances on TV shows, radio programs, and podcasts, and in 2017 released a TV pilot called “Great Food Gardening” (available on Youtube). Niki is an in-demand speaker, traveling across the U.S. and Canada regularly for trade shows, conventions, garden shows, flower shows and private events. Appearances include Canada Blooms, the Philadelphia Flower Show, Boston Flower and Garden Show, The Dow Gardens, The Toronto Botanical Gardens, Phipps Conservatory, The Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Edmonton Horticultural Society, and many more. Niki is also an owner of, which has become a go-to resource for food and flower gardeners across North America and won the Gold Award for Best Overall Garden Blog and Best Digital Media in 2017 from the Garden Writers Association.


GARDEN 101: The New Edible Garden

Beyond Eating Your Greens: Plant Foods from Around the World

Today’s edible gardens are nothing like your Grandma’s. No longer banished to a side yard or straight row plantings, they are beautifully incorporated into the garden with many new edibles to try. Learn from 3 leading authors many new ways to add interest in your edible garden. Megan Cain shares fresh ideas to elevate an ordinary edible garden to an extraordinary one, becoming a garden that inspires joy as well as produce. Ellen Zachos is the life of the party as she shows you how easy it is to make delicious, one-of-a-kind drinks with wildcrafted ingredients. And Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden and go beyond lettuce with an intriguing array of food plants from around the world.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Veggie Garden Remix!

There is a world of diversity available to food gardeners, if we just take the time to look. Best-selling author Niki Jabbour invites you to shake up your vegetable garden with an intriguing array of food plants from around the world; Cucamelons, Indian cucumbers, chickpeas, Italian leaf broccoli, Chinese artichokes, zaatar, and wonderful greens like Tokyo bekana, amaranth, magenta spreen, and molokhia. She’ll showcase a wide selection of flavorful and easy-to-grow global vegetables, and offer tips on how to grow and eat them.

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