2022 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. Presented by Saving Water Partnership, 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!

Saving Water Partnership

Containers provided by:

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Plants provided by:

Sunnyside Nursery

Tools provided by:

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Lorene Edwards Forkner vs Sue Goetz 

Wednesday February 9:  Lorene Edwards Forkner vs Sue Goetz

Lorene Edwards Forkner is an author of Beginner’s Guide to Growing Great Vegetables and a gardening contributor for The Seattle Times

Sue Goetz is the owner of Creative Gardener and the author of Complete Container Herb Gardening and A Taste for Herbs

C.L. Fornari  vs Ellen Zachos

Thursday, February 10:  C.L. Fornari vs Ellen Zachos - REMATCH

C.L. Fornari is the author of Coffee for Roses and The Cocktail Garden Hour, and award-winning co-host of  Plantrama Podcast

Ellen Zachos is an award-winning co-host of Plantrama Podcast, and the author of The Forager’s Pantry, Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail

Karen Chapman vs Charlie Nardozzi


Friday, February 11:  Karen Chapman vs Charlie Nardozzi

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

Charlie Nardozzi is a regional Emmy award-winning radio, TV host and author of Gardening Complete, Foodscaping and No-Dig Gardening

Adam and Jennifer O’Neal

Saturday February 12:  Jennifer O’Neal vs Adam O’Neal 

Adam and Jennifer O’Neal are the owners of Pepperharrow Farm, popular YouTube hosts, and co-authors of Small Farms, Big Dreams

Nita-Jo Rountree vs Deborah Trickett


Sunday February 13:  Nita-Jo Rountree vs Deborah Trickett

Nita-Jo Rountree is a garden writer, speaker and educator.

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