2024 Container Wars

Ready, set, go: Container Wars Returns for Riveting Battles at the Festival

Container Wars is back to provide a first-hand look at container creation and curation! Gardening experts will go head-to-head to create beautiful and practical containers, suitable for any level of gardener. These entertaining competitions will take place each day of the Festival on the Main Stage in the North Hall.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your next container or just want to feed your love for competition, make sure to visit the Main Stage from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - we hope you can “contain” your excitement! Seattle’s beloved gardening columnist and television host Marianne Binetti returns as emcee.

Thank you to our Container Wars Sponsors!

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Richie Steffen vs Barbara Wise

Wednesday February 14

Richie Steffen - Executive Director, Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden and co-author, Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns

Barbara Wise - Horticulturist and author, Container Gardening for All Seasons

Allison McCullough vs Ellen Zachos

Thursday, February 15

Allison McCulloughGarden designer and co-author, American Roots

Ellen ZachosAward-winning co-host, Plantrama Podcast, and author, The Forager’s Pantry, Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail

Kate David vs Cindy Funes

Friday, February 16 

Kate DavidAward-winning owner and designer of Hello Garden 

Cindy FunesContainer garden designer and owner of Garden Revelry LLC

Michael Perry vs Kim Stoddart

Saturday February 17

Michael PerryHortpreneur, TV presenter, speaker and author, Hortus Curious, AKA Mr. Plant Geek

Kim StoddartU.K. garden journalist and co-author, The Climate Change Garden


Sean McManus

Sunday February 18

Allison and Sean McManusCo-owner and host of Spoken Garden, and co-author, The First-time Gardener: Growing Plants and Flowers