Tag: garden show
January 01, 2015
The NW Flower and Garden Show has invited Garden Mentors founder Robin to return as a featured seminar speaker.
And, yes, we’re thrilled to be invited back to the very royal court of elite horties!
Robin will be speaking on two topics very close to her heart:
Grow, Cook and Eat to Diminish Diabetes
Wednesday, Feb 11 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room
Bring Beneficial Bees into Your Backyard
Saturday, Feb 14 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room
Remember: there’s no additional charge to attend the NWFGS seminars. So, get your tickets asap. You’ll save a few bucks if you purchase before the show opens.
March 22, 2013
I’ve had a fun past few days at the San Francisco Garden Show. I enjoyed visiting with friends & co-horts, speaking to a nearly full room of engaged audience members, and strolling the show floor. And, lucky me, in my spare moments I’d steal away to bask in the the warm California sunshine while my home in Seattle shivered under a dusting of early Spring snow.
Today I’m taking off on a brief NorCal weekend vacation to visit with friends & soak up some more sunshine, but before I do, here are a few shots from the show, which is open through the coming weekend. If you’re able, make trip down. They’ve got the whole world spinning ’round, right on the showroom floor!
February 22, 2013
The 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show has been my obsession this week. I’ve been exploring the gardens, shopping, and soaking up great information at seminars over the last several days. While I have a moment to take a breather away from the convention center, I wanted to share a few fun photos from the showroom floor.
Remember: I’m talking on Sunday on gardening for pollinators, with tips to increase your edible crop yields. And, I’ll be talking about garden design for attracting & helping wild bees as well as keeping honey and other bees in your own garden. Details here.
Here’s our peek to whet your appetite before you head down today through Sunday:
What you’ll notice right away: a lot of metal this year. Quite a few more manikins and stuffed animals than were necessary to tell a good story imho. (And no, I didn’t spend a lot of time taking pictures of those things.) Too, the show gardens were nearly devoid of food, farming or anything in sync with the trending demand for urban homesteading. (Even though one sells its measly plantings as a food forest. Sure, there’s some edible stuff, but barely.) All that being said – from my tired and probably grumpy perspective – there were quite a few great garden ideas, shopping deals and the seminars (as always) continue to be outstanding. Heck, if you want to learn about growing food, plan your seminar schedule right now. Chickens, Bees, edible plants, cocktail gardening & more are all the rage in the seminars!
February 13, 2012
The 2012 Northwest Flower & Garden Show ranks as one of the best in my book. And, I’ve been to a lot of them.
I promised myself I would spend much of the show planted in the seminar rooms. This was a rough winter for me, and I felt the need to find inspiration, ideas and wisdom from others in the industry.
And, that’s exactly what I got.
Here’s a few tasty tidbits selected from all of the amazing information and insights I sampled at the show this year:
Teresa O’Connor of Seasonal Wisdom shared some amazing stories about this history and medicinal uses of many common plants in her Edible Flowers seminar. Even I hadn’t known that a species name ‘Officinalis’ means the plant had medicinal uses way back when.
Rebecca Sweet of Harmony in the Garden reminded me to extract color from my visuals when designing. This really helps see texture, form and big ole gaping holes.
Jessi Bloom, while clucking about gardening harmoniously with chickens, managed to slip in some amazing permiculture gardening tips. How much sense does it make that a plant known historically as “boneset” would be one that’s able to extract an amazing amount of beneficial nutrient from the soil and store it in its leaves. Thanks for the comfry Jess and for your great new book Free Range Chicken Gardens!
Willi Galloway dove deep into the growing, harvesting and cooking she shares in her recently released Grow. Cook. Eat. book. I’ve already seeded favas so I can try out her amazing grilling technique that should really cut down on the labor required to enjoy this healthy crop. Oh, and if you’ve ever run out of inventive ideas for serving cucumber, know this book has what looks to be a new favorite recipe for me — gotta buy it to get the recipe!
Joe Lamp’l of Growing a Greener World reminded me of all the fantastic stories the show has told over the past two seasons, with another one coming right up. And, generous as always, he gave a great shout-out to everyone he could think of who has helped make the show what it is today — including me! Thanks Joe!
Dan Hinkley’s slides before a full room began by reminding me that for the last several years, our local freezes have started earlier and earlier each year. And, many of the plants haven’t been ready for it. Still, he shared a number of ultra-hearty, super-gorgeous plants that have not only survived but some, he said, seem to thrive with the extra chill — including a banana of all things. He did say he’d be happy to take audience members on plant explorations — only if they’ll volunteer to be the leech bait. Hmmm…not sure how I’d do with that job. (more…)
February 07, 2012
Whether you’re a new gardener or a seasoned green thumb, I’d love to meet you at this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show. On Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 10am, please join me at the show in the Rainier room for my seminar Mayhem, Murder & Must-Nots: Top 10 Maintenance Mistakes Gardeners Should Avoid.
Although this seminar is geared toward helping those new to gardening start off on the right foot, it’s chock full of helpful hints that even the most seasoned gardeners will appreciate.
Plus, wait ’til you see all the “must-nots” photos I’ve collected for your booing pleasure!
Oh, and did I mention I’ll be giving away an array of great tools to help every gardener steer clear of the must-nots? Donated by Fiskars (for whom I am a paid writer & gardening expert) and hand-picked by me, these are some of my favorite devices to enable gardeners of all skill levels work better.
Heck, even if you don’t win one of the tools, you’ll still come out a winner with lots of ideas to garden better & smarter for years to come!
I’ll be covering everything from the soil beneath our feet to the tips of trees high above our heads and everything in between. So, please join me for this fun session.
Snickering, hissing & booing at your favorite images of gardens full of Murder & Mayhem encouraged! Please, leave your rotten tomatoes at home. We don’t want to junk up the room before the one & only Galloping Gourmet (aka Graham Kerr) takes the stage right after me!