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Tom Fischer

2016 Show Judge, editor-in-chief, Timber Press and author, Perennial Companions

Tom Fischer is editor-in-chief at Timber Press in Portland, Oregon. He got his start in book publishing at the University of Chicago Press and Beacon Press, and spent 14 years on the editorial staff of Horticulture magazine in Boston before moving to Portland in 2004. His experiences as a bi-coastal gardener and his inexhaustible curiosity about plants have shaped his garden, which was profiled in the Oregonian in 2008. A prolific writer as well as an editor, his articles have been featured in magazines such as Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated, and Martha Stewart Living. His book, Perennial Companions: 100 Dazzling Plant Combinations for Every Season, was published by Timber Press in February 2009, followed by The Gardener’s Color Palette in 2010. You can read many of his articles on his website, Recently he served as a horticultural consultant for Allied Works Architecture, for which he developed the planting design implemented at the new Sokol Blosser winery tasting room in Dayton, Oregon. Among the books he has acquired for Timber Press are Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, by Marta McDowell, Plant-Driven Design, by Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden, and Bringing Nature Home, by Doug Tallamy


The Learning Curve: Becoming a Northwest Gardener

Enjoy the saga of a gardener who learns to deal with a new climate and an expanded plant palette. It traces two new gardens on one city property, each different in character. In front is a public space with Mediterranean and West Coast natives, chosen for low maintenance. But the private back garden allows for experimentation. Tom shares his “learning curve,” his experiments (both good and bad) with the Northwest’s huge plant choices, and the process of absorbing current trends in garden design.

Wednesday, Feb 17 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Perennial Companions: Creating Winning Combinations Throughout the Gardening Year

Tom Fischer takes a look at the exciting plant combinations that Northwest gardens can create, with a particular emphasis on color, texture, and long-lasting foliage. Combinations for both shady and sunny areas are included. Along the way, he highlights interesting facts about individual plants, as well as providing helpful hints about their maintenance.

Thursday, Feb 18 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow