Show Judges

Each annual Northwest Flower & Garden Festival brings us an opportunity to select three prestigious individuals from the landscape design and horticulture industry to come together and award the medals to each show garden, to vote on the coveted Founder’s Cup Award (Best in Show), and to determine the American Horticulture Society Environmental Award winner. These judges will also be the speakers in the Show’s acclaimed seminar series.

Without further ado, here are the 2018 Northwest Flower & Garden Show Judges!

Timothy Walker

Horticulturist, author and Former Director of Oxford Botanic Garden

Great Britain

Timothy Walker worked at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum, firstly as General Foreman, then as Horti Praefectus (from 1988) and finally as Director (from 2002). He retired in 2014 and now lectures in Plant Sciences at Somerville College Oxford. In 2010 I was elected as a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. He is the author of Plant Conservation: Why it Matters and How it Works (Timber Press, 2013). Between 1992 & 2000 the Oxford Botanic Garden won 4 gold, 2 silver-gilt, and one silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show London. In 2009 it was one of seven Oxford collections to be awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize. He was also the host of a 3-hour series for BBC4 Botany titled “A Blooming History” made by BBC Scotland.

Timothy will be giving 2 seminars at the show:

Bordering on Insanity: Creating an All-Year-Round Border

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

The Subtle Art and Exact Science of Pruning

Thursday, Feb 8 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Debra Guenther, FASLA

Landscape architect and partner, Mithūn, Seattle

Seattle, Washington

Deb is a partner at Mithūn, an integrated design firm in Seattle and San Francisco that designs for positive change. The firm’s team of architects, landscape architects and interior designers create buildings and spaces in the city to provide the functions of and experience the delights of nature.  Currently she is working with the City of Seattle as an advisor for the city-wide public space plan which seeks to create a livable city in response to rapid growth. She was awarded the ASLA President’s Medal in 2010 for her work on SITES – a best management practices tool that guides sustainable landscape performance. She was recognized as a fellow of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council for helping launch the Living Building challenge and establishing LEED as a requirement for State of Washington funded projects. She currently serves as board member for Ecodistricts – a new model for urban regeneration at a neighborhood scale – and board emeritus of the Landscape Architecture Foundation that supports research and scholarship.

Deb will be giving 2 seminars at the show:

Design for Positive Change: Best Practice Gardening For You, Your Neighborhood and the World

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room

Friday, Feb 9 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room

Bob Hyland

Designer and horticulturist, Hyland Garden Design and owner, Contained Exuberance

Portland, OR

Bob Hyland is a Portland, Oregon-based horticultural consultant and designer. He owns Hyland Garden Design and Contained Exuberance, a garden pottery showroom and design studio. During his 38-year career, Bob has managed horticulture and education programs at leading public gardens (Longwood Gardens, San Francisco Botanical Garden & Brooklyn Botanic Garden). Before moving to Portland in 2011, he co-owned and operated Loomis Creek Nursery in the Hudson Valley. Rooted in the Pacific Northwest for 6 years, Bob serves on the boards of both Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and Pacific Horticulture Society.

Bob will be giving 2 seminars at the show:

Layering a Garden: Strategies, Decisions and Plant Selections

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room

25 Top-Performing Garden Plants

Thursday, Feb 8 at 10:30 am / Rainier Room

Our three Show Judges will headline an amazing roster of speakers in our acclaimed Seminar Series, to be announced early October 2017. Your ticket to the Show includes all Seminars for FREE!  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram to see the latest and greatest updates from the team behind one of the largest Flower & Garden Shows in the world.