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Vanessa Gardner Nagel, APLD, NCIDQ

2017 Show Judge, designer and author The Professional Designer’s Guide to Garden Furnishings

As the author of The Professional Designer’s Guide to Garden Furnishings (Timber Press, 2013) and Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designers (Timber Press, 2010), Vanessa Gardner Nagel’s books inspire amateur gardeners as well as professional designers and architects. She has written for Garden Design magazine as their garden furnishings expert. As an award-winning, professional landscape designer, Vanessa’s awards include those from Sunset Magazine and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. She turned her global interior design experience inside-out into landscape design and today, after more than 35 years as a designer, she designs eco-conscious gardens which integrate outside with inside and respond to each site. She speaks about gardens and design to groups across the country. A gardener for over 45 years, Vanessa’s own garden is featured in A Garden Makes a House a Home by Elvin MacDonald (The Monacelli Press, 2012). She is the owner of Seasons Garden Design in Vancouver, WA and was a national board member for the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for 5 years.


Dining Out: Gardens to Dine For

Who doesn’t love s’mores by the fireside, a cool sip of wine by the pool, or a full-blown barbecue and picnic with family and friends? Creating a garden especially for outdoor dining and cooking involves some planning to allow adequate space, comfort, lighting, and adjacencies to other spaces like the kitchen, as well as convenience to a close relative, the edible garden. Take home helpful lessons to apply to your own ‘garden to dine for’.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Garden Evolution: A Designer’s 25-Year Landscape Challenge

Breathing new life into an existing landscape is a challenge and an opportunity. It isn’t unusual to encounter a previous owner’s lack of care & planning, difficult neighbors, sob-worthy views, and even environmental issues. Learn how a designer took advantage of diverse obstacles and continues to create a remarkable, organic, and pollinator-friendly garden.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow