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  • San Francisco Flower & Garden Show Report

    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!

    San Francisco Flower & Garden Show Resin Panel Garden

    A gorgeous resin panel and metal planter garden with the whole sedum world garden in the background

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  • Northwest Flower and Garden Show 2013 Photo Peek

    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:

    Container Garden Display at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

    Cool Circles & Ceramics in the Container Garden Displays at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

    Container Garden at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

    Skybridge Container Garden. Looks like the hanging containers were made from woven coated wires at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show



    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!

    Show Garden at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

    I loved the depth created with the background layered cityscape & the painted drainage culvert at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

    Winning Show Garden at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show

    Plant Explorer Big Winner Garden at the 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show


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  • Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2012 – It’s a Wrap!

    February 13, 2012
    Waterfeature chimes

    Spotted this fire & water chime in one of the 2012 NWFGS Container Gardens - Charming!

    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!

    Live Twitter Feed during NWFGS

    Live Tweets & Texts on Display at 2012 NWFGS Kept Us all Informed of the Latest & Greatest Happenings at that Very Moment. Follow the show happenings anytime via #NWFGS

    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…)

  • Join Me at the NW Flower & Garden Show: Learn & Win!

    February 07, 2012
    Robin speaking at GreenFestival Seattle

    Robin Having Fun Speaking at Seattle Greenfestival

    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.

    Must Not Prune This Way

    No "High Fives" for this Hack Job!

    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!

  • Northwest Flower & Garden Show – Seminars Galore!

    January 27, 2012
    An Offering

    An offering: DIG Nursery 2011 NWFGS Container Display

    My last Garden Show post hinted at all the great seminars coming to this year’s show. This post will drill down on my top ten must-see speakers. Coming up with just ten was near impossible given all the talent speaking at the show this year. Really, you won’t go wrong plopping yourself down for any of the talks. If I could be in three places at once, I’d hit them all. That being said, in no particular order, here’s my “I gotta hear’m” speaker list for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2012 Seminar Series:

    • Rosalind Creasy: The grande dame of edible gardening will be speaking twice at this year’s show. Both of her seminars focus on beautiful edible gardening, and both should be visually stunning and highly educational for garden-to-fork gardeners.
      • Edible Landscaping: The New American Garden: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 11:30am (Rainier Room)
      • The Heirloom Garden: Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 11:30am (Rainier Room)
    • Jayme Jenkins: Two things intrigue me about Jayme’s hands-on learning session at the show: cocktails and an edible table. That’s all I know, and I hope to make it to her session to learn how to create this living table. I’m guessing it’ll grow edibles to put into cocktails, but I won’t know for sure until I hit her seminar.
      • Edibles Cubed: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 5:15pm (DIY Stage)
    • Teresa O’Connor:
      Drink Me

      Drink in the 2012 NWFGS Seminars!

      I love flowers in my food. I don’t think I’ve ever actually cooked a flower — except maybe an artichoke. I’m looking forward to learning more about edible flowers in this alluring session.

      • The Allure of Edible Flowers: Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 9:30am (Hood Room)
    • Willi Galloway: I’ve been waiting years for Willi’s new book on growing, cooking and eating fresh from the garden. It’s just been released, and what better way to get an intro (and a signed copy) than to let the author introduce it?
      • Grow. Cook. Eat.: Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 1:30pm (Hood Room)
    • Dan Hinkley: To be honest, I’d rather get out in the field with this intrepid plant explorer than sit in a room and listen to him talk. That being said, I’ll take what I can get: Two seminars that should help us keep our gardens growing strong.
      • Myths, Fables, Fantasies or Facts?: Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 4:00pm (Rainier Room)
      • Survivors: Indianola: Friday, February 10, 2012 at 11:30am (Rainier Room)
    • Jeff Lowenfels: A scientific look at why we should garden with less chemical inputs? Why yes. I’ll take that!
      • No More Chemicals in Your Garden!: Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 6pm (Hood Room)
    • Joe Lamp’l: I’ve been behind the scenes of Growing a Greener World. I’ve been a guest, and I’ve written episodes. But, I’m certainly no Joe Gardener! Get Joe’s unique take as the creator, star and producer of this ground-breaking show that goes beyond the garden. He’s got some great tales to tell!
      • Subaru Presents: Growing a Greener World: Friday, February 10, 2012 at 1pm (Rainier Room) & again on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 12:45pm (Rainier Room) – also, just found out his book signing will happen on the sky bridge — look for the Subaru & you’ll find him.
    • Jessi Bloom: Chickens. Everybody wants chickens these days, but too often the dream becomes a nightmare. Fortunately, Jessi’s experience with poultry has been compiled into a newly released book, which she’ll be introducing in this seminar. Think you want chickens? Be sure in this seminar — before you order up a dozen cute little chicks!
      • What the Cluck?: Part 1: Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 3:15pm (Hood Room) & Part 2: Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 1:30pm (Hood Room)
    • Mayhem, Murder & Must-Nots

      Who Dunnit? Mayhem? Murder? Must-Not (Touch!)

      Robin Haglund: Yes, I will plug my seminar. I’ve worked hard to build a presentation that will help beginners (and even some pro’s) to be better gardeners. Expect lots of photos and an information-filled, fast-paced talk looking at ways to avoid huge, costly gardening mistakes BEFORE they happen. Oh, and did I mention, I’ll be giving away generously donated Fiskars tools as well? The Right tool really can make all the difference in getting the job done right!

      • Mayhem, Murder & Must-Nots: Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 10am (Rainier Room)
    • Richard Bitner: In the last year or so, I’ve been falling back in love with conifers. My hope is that this seminar will introduce some great selections for disease resistance as well as smaller spaces.
      • Gardening with Conifers: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 11am (Hood Room)
  • Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2012 – What Not to Miss!

    January 25, 2012

    Gussied Up at the 2010 Gala in Front of Jessi Bloom's Award Winning Garden

    We’re just a few days away from the 2012 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. This is my must-not-miss timeline list for the 2012 show, which runs from February 8-12, 2012:

    • Tuesday, February 7th, 5-9:30pm: Yep, starting the night before the show opens to the general public is the Gala Preview Opening, which benefits the Seattle Arboretum Foundation. For as little as $65/person, you can sip wine while getting up-close & personal with the gardens and garden creators. Hob-nob with the best-of-the-best in the international horty world, and bid on some pretty amazing silent auction deals.
    • Everyday at the show: Okay, so the timeline idea doesn’t work perfectly for this post, so let’s talk about what to see everyday — in addition to the amazing show gardens & shopping:
      • PlayGarden: This area isn’t just for kids! Get in there and touch some soil. Dance around. Sing a song. And have a blast. In years past, when speakers and entertainers were only available on the weekends in the kids area, I enjoyed doing hands-0n teaching with kids here. Now kids can learn hands-on all day long everyday in this space. Last year’s Charlotte’s Web theme kicked off a new way for kids to experience the show, and it was a hit — packed to the gills with kids, parents & learning all day long. This year they’re continuing in that vein with a Rockin’ Robin theme — a song after this Robin‘s heart!
      • Great Plant Picks: If you’re struggling with finding rock-solid plant performers in the Pacific Northwest, a great place to start is with a few bits of flora from this ever-evolving list of greats. A new list comes out every year just in time for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, so stop by their booth to get the word on the latest & greatest!

        Coloring and Sorting Through Worms with Kids at the 2009 NWFGS

      • Container Show: When you cross the skybridge, be sure to take the time to look closely at all of the amazing container designs lining the glass walls. Last year, our fabulously talented client Mari put together a stellar design, which took the Best Re-Characterization award. I can’t wait to see who does what in 2012!
      • Seminars: Let’s just say that this is where you’ll find me during most of the show. I’m making it a personal mission to learn by sitting down and listing to others. Within a few days, I’ll post my list of I gotta hear’m speakers. For now, I’ll shamelessly remind you that I will be speaking on Saturday morning at the show. I’ll be addressing Mayhem, Murder & Must-nots: Top 10 Maintenance Mistakes Gardeners Should Avoid. You’ll get lots of photos, ideas and may even win some free tool giveaways to help you garden to the best of your potential! (We’ll talk more about those giveaway goodies in a forthcoming post specific to the amazing seminar lineup.)
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