Spotlight on Seminars – Going to the Birds (and Bees, and Slugs…)

Spotlight on Seminars – Going to the Birds (and Bees, and Slugs…)

From attracting birds, bees and butterflies, to making inner peace with slugs and snails, the garden show has many seminars about sharing your garden with wildlife – even chickens! Here’s a sampling, and for the full seminar schedule go to   

Learn the four important elements for a backyard wildlife habitat

 One of the joys of gardening is creating a beautiful, natural space that you, your family and the local birds, butterflies and other backyard wildlife can enjoy. Join author, blogger and celebrity naturalist David Mizejewski from National Wildlife Federation for a fun and informative talk on creating wildlife-friendly gardens. David will go through each of the four components of habitat – food, water, shelter and places to raise young – explaining each and sharing tips, ideas and projects that you can implement in their own garden.     

David Mizejewski
Creating Your Own Backyard Wildlife Habitat
Attracting Birds, Butterflies & Backyard Wildlife
Friday, February 25 at 1:00 pm in the Rainier Room
Saturday, February 26 at 10:45 am in the Hood Room

David Mizejewski is a media personality, author, blogger and a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. He hosted and co-produced Backyard Habitat on Animal Planet from 2005-2008. He also appeared in an Animal Planet mini-series in April, 2007 called Springwatch U.S.A. He blogs about animal oddities for Animal Planet and contributes to NWF’s blog Wildlife Promise. David makes monthly appearances on NBC’s Today Show and is a regular guest on The Martha Stewart Show and ABC’s Good Morning America. He is the author of Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife, (Creative Homeowner, 2004). Follow his blog at  or fan him on Facebook and Twitter.


Learn how to keep bees in your own garden

Today, it’s all over the news: Our bee populations continue to decline at alarming rates. However, in many cities, urban beekeeping is not only legal but it is encouraged and becoming ever more popular. In this informative session led by pioneering urban beekeeper Corky Luster of the Ballard Bee Company and award-winning garden designer & coach Robin Haglund of Garden Mentors, you’ll learn about the costs, expectations, legal issues and opportunities for keeping honeybees in your own landscape.   

Robin Haglund & Corky Ballard
The Sweetest Buzz!
From Politics to Plants: Keeping Bees in the Urban Garden
Sunday, February 27 at 2:45 pm in the Hood Room

Robin Haglund, Founder and President of pioneering garden coaching firm Garden Mentors, is viewed nationally as The Garden Mentor. She is an award-winning designer, an engaging speaker, and she dedicates much of her own gardening time to raising crops and plants to feed others in need. Robin’s garden coaching, design insights, her tips for gardening with pets, and her experiences with urban beekeeping are featured in several media sources including Organic Gardening Magazine, The New York Times, Sunset Magazine, The Seattle Times, Dog Park Wisdom, PBS’s “Growing a Greener World” and HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”. Websites: and she blogs at   

Corky Luster, founder of Ballard Bee Company, is rebuilding declining honeybee populations by keeping over 60 beehives in urban backyards as well as agricultural areas. He offers an array of services to share his knowledge and to spread awareness of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which is a major factor in the decline of the bee population. Corky teaches courses in beekeeping and provides one-on-one homeowner training to those interested in keeping their own bees. Corky has been featured on PBS’s Growing a Greener World, Seattle Magazine, KUOW, and edibleSeattle. Corky is currently on the board of Puget Sound Beekeepers Association and is a certified journeyman beekeeper with the Washington State Beekeepers Association. Website:   

Designing your garden to be chicken friendly makes everyone happy


Believe it or not – chickens can be trained, just like other pets. Jessica Bloom, designer the 2010 show garden, “A Family’s Little Farm in the City,” winner of the People’s Choice Award along with 5 other awards, teaches you how to share your own garden with your feathered egg-producing friends. Learn how to create a garden that integrates chickens and utilizes their many strengths which are beneficial to gardeners.  

Jessica Bloom
What the Cluck?!
How to Share Your Garden with Chickens
Saturday, February 26 at 5:00 pm in the Rainier Room 

Jessi Bloom

If you are the first to find the piggies, you've won 2 tickets to the show!


is the owner and lead designer of N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes, along with being a Certified Professional Horticulturalist (CPH) and an ISA Certified Arborist. In 2008 her business won the Governor’s Award for Sustainable Practices from the Department of Ecology, and the WSNLA Environmental Excellence Award. Jessi has designed and built popular gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, winning Gold medals and several magazine awards. She just finished writing a gardening book about chickens titled Free Range Gardens that will be published in the fall of 2011 by Timber Press. Website:



Encouraging pollinators in your garden is good for the bees - and your garden

Planting pollinator and bee gardens not only ensure your and your neighbors’ flowers and fruit trees are pollinated, but also helps perpetuate species whose habitats have been severely impacted by agricultural and urban development. The good news is that the same flowers that offer appropriate pollen and nectar resources to bees also make us happy. This seminar will offer an overview of the common groups of bees and the flowers they prefer, along with the kinds of gardens that foster them. 

Kate Frey
Encouraging Pollinators in the Garden
Bringing Bees Back into Your Landscapes
Thursday, February 24 at 4:15 pm in the Hood Room

Kate Frey began her career of working with plants and in nature as a seasonal with the state forestry, Forest Service and California Park system, where she worked fighting fires, on timber crews and on trails. At Fetzer Vineyards in Hopland, California, where Kate worked for 18 years, starting in 1986, she managed and designed the six-acre, profuse and colorful organic gardens, as well as extensive sustainable landscaping around the facilities and the Bonterra Ranch. In May, 2003 her garden at the Chelsea Flower Show won a Silver/Gilt Medal, and in 2005 and 2007 her gardens won Gold medals and were visited by the Queen.  In 2009 she competed in the World Garden Competition in Hamamatsu, Japan. She currently works as a consultant, designer and freelance writer, specializing in sustainable gardens that encourage biodiversity. In July 2009 Kate became the director of the Sonoma State University Sustainable Landscape program.



At war with slugs? Discover how you can peacefully coexist with them

This well-illustrated seminar draws from the words and wisdom of David George Gordon’s new book The Secret World of Slugs and Snails, to describe the alternatives for slug and snail control. David will help you discover the methods best for you and your garden – from hand-picking to outright chemical assault – to help you best control this nuisance species in the garden.     

David George Gordon
Forging a Lasting Peace with Slugs & Snails
An Engaging Guide to the Best Controls
Sunday, February 27 at 2:15 pm in the Rainier Room

David George Gordon’s public programs have been greeted by capacity crowds at the Smithsonian Institution, American Museum of Natural History, Yale University, San Diego Zoo, Singapore’s Food Fest 2003 and Trinidad’s Sci-TechKnoFest 2006. The freewheeling nature nut has been featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, National Geographic Kids and Time magazines and on ‘Late Night’ with Conan O’Brien, ABC’s ‘Nightline’ and Barbara Walters’ ‘The View.’ The New York Times called his Field Guide to the Slug “gripping,” citing its “almost breathtaking” account of snail sex. He is the author of The Secret World of Slugs and Snails (Sasquatch Books, 2010) and The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, (Ten Speed Press, 1998) and others. Website:   – Janet


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