The Garden Show Blog Welcomes Guest Bloggers

The Garden Show Blog Welcomes Guest Bloggers

In our effort to bring you all the news and events of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, we have enlisted to help of four well-known authors/bloggers who all volunteered to serve as Guest Bloggers on The Garden Show Blog. We’re turning them loose at the show, even during move-in, to give you their take on the excitement, the plants, the people, and the buzz, as I’m sure Robin would call it. So be sure to check the blog daily and see what Marty, Robin, Bill and Colleen have to share. And here’s the buzz on their backgrounds, and the seminars they will each be doing at the show. – Janet


Robin Haglund – President, Garden Mentors Inc.
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. Her articles and lectures are peppered with colorful anecdotes derived from her childhood on the farm, her daily adventures with honeybees in the garden, and her every day garden coaching experiences working hand-in-hand with gardeners in their gardens. 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

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

Who Wants Garbage for Dinner?!
The Wonderful Ways of Worms!
Saturday & Sunday, February 26 & 27 at 5:00 pm on the Sprout Stage


Colleen Miko – Owner & designer, Colleen’s
Colleen Miko has been active in west coast horticulture for almost 20 years.  Before launching her garden design business, Colleen’s, she worked as a nursery person, tended interior plants for offices and maintained residential landscapes. Colleen is a Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH), garden writer and blogger.  She has created popular gardens for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and won the Seattle Homes and Lifestyle “First in Home & Design Award” for her 2007 garden “Suburban Swank with A Twist”.  In May 2007 her television debut as winning designer on HGTV’s ‘Landscaper’s Challenge’ aired nationwide.  Hands-in-the-dirt experience reinforced by ongoing education makes Colleen a helpful garden consultant and designer.  When not outside, she enjoys making mosaics and hitting antique malls.  Website:  and follow her blog, “Verdure” at

Shelly the Snail’s Birthday Party
You’re invited to Help Shelly Celebrate!
Saturday & Sunday, February 26 & 27 at 11:00 am on the Sprout Stage

Create a Buzz
Easy Steps to Attract Pollinators to your Garden
Sunday, February 27 at 2:15 pm on the DIY Stage


Bill Thorness – Author, Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden
Bill Thorness is a freelance garden writer and author of Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden (Skipstone Press, 2009).  His work has appeared in the Seattle Times, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and many other regional publications.  He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Garden Writers Association.  Website:

Year-Round Edibles
All the Latest & Best Growing Techniques
Wednesday, February 23 at 4:30 pm in the Hood Room


Marty Wingate – Lecturer, columnist & author, Big Ideas for Small Gardens
Marty Wingate is a writer and speaker about gardens and travel. She holds a master’s degree in urban horticulture from the University of Washington.  Marty is the author of three books:  The Bellevue Botanical Garden: Celebrating the First 15 Years (BBGS, 2007); Big Ideas for Northwest Small Gardens (Sasquatch, 2003); and The Big Book of Northwest Perennials (Sasquatch, 2005), and she writes for a variety of national magazines.  Marty is currently working on a new book for Timber Press, titled Landscaping for Privacy, which will be released December 2011. In addition to her books, Marty can be heard every Tuesday on KUOW (94.9 FM) as part of the “Weekday” gardening panel.  She leads garden tours to England, Scotland and Ireland and North American destinations.  Follow her blog at  Website –

Garden Travel Your Way
Designing Your Own European Dream Trip!
Wednesday, February 23 at 12:30 pm in the Hood Room

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