2023 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 11:30 AM to 12:30 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!

Tools provided by:

Corona Tools Logo

Containers provided by:
gardener's Supply logo

Plants provided by:

Sunnyside Nursery





Ciscoe Morris vs Nita-Jo Rountree

Wednesday February 15: 
Ciscoe Morris vs Nita-Jo Rountree

Ciscoe Morris is a radio and TV host, columnist, and best-selling author of Ask Ciscoe and Oh, La La!

Nita-Jo Rountree is the author of Growing Roses in the Pacific Northwest

Deborah Trickett vs Marianne Willburn

Thursday, February 16: 
Deborah Trickett vs Marianne Willburn

Deborah Trickett is an award-winning container designer and owner of The Captured Garden

Marianne Willburn is an award-winning blogger at GardenRant.com, as well as the author of Tropical Plants and How to Love Them and Big Dreams, Small Garden

Kathy Jentz vs Mary Kate Mackey


Friday, February 17: 
Kathy Jentz vs Mary Kate Mackey

Kathy Jentz is an award-winning author, Groundcover Revolution, co-author, The Urban Garden, and editor/publisher, Washington Gardener 

Mary Kate Mackey is an award-winning garden writer, speaker, and co-author of The Healthy Garden: Simple Steps for a Greener World

Jenny Rose Carey vs Karen Chapman

Saturday February 18:
Jenny Rose Carey vs Karen Chapman -
Battle of the Brits!

Jenny Rose Carey is a garden writer, photographer, and author, The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Guide and Glorious Shade

Karen Chapman is the owner of Le Jardinet, an award-winning co-author of Fine Foliage and Gardening with Foliage First, as well as the author of Deer-Resistant Design


Sean McManus vs Allison McManus


Sunday February 19:
Sean McManus vs Allison McManus - 
Husband & Wife Duel!

Sean and Allison McManus are co-owners of Spoken Garden, co-authors of The First-time Gardener: Growing Plants and Flowers, and YouTube channel hosts