January 25, 2019
It’s amazing how quickly ten years of speaking at NWFGS, aka the Northwest Flower and Garden Show/Festival has flown by. This year, 2019, marks the 10th year I (Robin) have been invited to speak at the show. Gulp!
I hope you’ll join me at the newly branded NW Flower & Garden Festival on Sunday, February 24th at 2:15pm in the Rainier Room for Growing a Garden of Fragrant Delights.
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This year I’m super excited to be speaking about growing fragrance in our gardens, being thoughtful about placement of some super stinky plants, appreciating wild aromas, and bringing the delicious scents of nature into our homes in fresh and preserved forms in ways that may be healing as well as aromatic. I’ll also be sharing samples of the handmade products crafted from fragrant garden delights that we now sell in our GardenMentorsDesigns Etsy Shop!
Before I became a NWFGS speaker, I was involved with the show in many other ways. Over the years, I worked with some amazing folks to create award-winning show gardens. I’ve coached clients in their award-winning floral creations and City Living Displays.
No matter how I participated in the show each year — as a tourist in my pre-participant years or as a show garden volunteer in my student (and later years) or as a designer or speaker in my professional years — the NW Flower & Garden Show always been an annual highlight and honor for me.
For fun, here’s a recap of my decade of NWFGS Seminars: (more…)
January 10, 2019
Our handmade herbalist botanical goods are now for sale on Etsy!
Our handmade salves, lotions, teas, soaps, hydrosols and more have become so popular that we’ve put them up for sale in the GardenMentorsDesigns Etsy shop. These herbal goodies are all inspired by our love of the natural world and the human connection to . Much of what we sell is derived from herbal flora we grow with intention, forage ethically in the wild, or harvest with permission from friends’ gardens.
Well, actually, a few of those items will be coming soon, but the ones in highest demand are there now!
Here’s what you can buy right now:
Valentine’s Day Special:
Order before February 1, 2019 & get our lowest price on this Box of Love!
Bath & Body:
Teas & Tisanes:
Flora & Fauna Gift Card Sets – Discounted!
If you like our shop offerings, be sure to favorite it. On special occasions we’ll send out offers to folks who love our store and shop there, and often shoppers will get a reward for making a purchase too.
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If there’s something missing from the store that you’d like to see us offer, get in touch. We’ll do our best to produce the handmade herbal items our shoppers love most.
June 27, 2018
Join us & spend a day learning at our gardening workshop & tour.
In response to seeing our photos and hearing our gardening transformation tales, many clients and followers have requested visits to our garden. So, we’ve decided to offer a one-day educational retreat day here this summer.
But, this won’t be a typical “look at the magazine perfection” tour.
Instead, we’ll take a realistic view of the overall space and consider what works, what doesn’t work, opportunities, challenges and the true beauty of a garden always in progress. Too, there will be door prizes, farm-fresh good eats and time to relax in a gorgeous setting.
Just a few of the things we’ll explore together:
- Developing a traditional food garden
- Thriving in poor, wet soils
- Is that a weed or what?
- Perennial food & medicinal plant gardens
- Taking advantage of water challenges
- Reducing lawn
- The ugly truths: weeds, trash, hardscape, pets & more
- A picnic
- Exploring the forest
- Native flora & fauna
- Invasive flora & fauna
- A walk in the park
- Shop our small nursery, hand-crafted goods & more space
- After the class, pick your own berries
- Self-guided walk on the Padilla Bay shore trail before or after our program begins
How much does it cost & when is it happening?
This event happens August 11, 2018. Cost is $200/person, payable in advance. Attendance will be limited, and we are only accepting a few more sign ups as of this writing.
Want to join us?
Get in touch via our contact page indicating your interest in the event asap. We’ll get back to you right away to start your enrollment process.
February 19, 2018
For 2018 we’ve upped our educational giving back program with a number of free gardening events throughout the year. In addition to resuming our guided flora and fauna nature walks at the Breazeale Environmental Learning Center’s upland trail, Robin will also be offering a few free seminars at the center as well. All of these educational opportunities are open to everyone for free. (Although donations to the Breazeale Center certainly won’t be turned away!)
Following is the current schedule, so mark your calendar, and please pre-register for any or all of these events so we can be prepared for each group. And, bookmark this page or sign up for our mailing list just in case we announce more programs in the future.
Flora & Fauna Nature Walks: (more…)
January 18, 2018
The NW Flower & Garden Show 2018 (or Festival, as they’re now calling it) opens February 7th this year, and I can’t wait. I’m working on three new, exciting seminars.
And, I’ve got some great goodies to hand out to some lucky folks to attend my talks. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Here are a few of the things I can’t wait to experience at this year’s show:
- Growing even as we age: One of my seminars this year takes a look at ways we can work toward a garden that accommodates our needs as we age. In doing research, I learned that ElderGrow will have an educational presence at the show. Don’t know them? Come to my seminar, Retire into Your Garden with Ease, on Wednesday, 2/7/2018 at 7pm in the NWFGS Rainier Room to learn more (sneak: Attend & possibly take home some free tools to make gardening easier). Or, look for Eldergrow in your show program.
- Display Gardens: I always look for new inspiration, plants and cool products among the many amazing gardens.
In 2017, I wanted to move into the little cottage setting created by Ryan and Choice Landscapes. I’ll be looking closely for more from them this year.
- Less is More Learning: The seminar rooms is where I’ll be spending most of my time during the show. And not just because I’m giving three talks this year. NWFGS always brings in the best speakers to inspire my growth.
- Last year, Dan Hinkley’s talk on ways to transform and reduce lawns, included a hilarious “Drink & Mow” methodology. He may have meant it as a joke, but we took it seriously and to great effect. More on that in my Is That a Weed or What? seminar on Sunday, 2/11/2018 at 2:15pm in the Rainier Room.
- No watering required gardening is something none of us can afford to miss. I’m looking forward to slipping into Kirk R. Brown’s talk on the subject in the Hood Room on Wednesday, 2/7/2018 at 12:30pm for at least a few minutes before I have to set up for my first seminar of the show: So You Want to Keep Bees?, which begins at 2:45pm on 2/7/2018 in the Rainier Room.
- Visiting the battlegrounds: If you came to see me compete in the the Container Wars arena last year, you already know that I’m not a fan of the name of the various competitions. So much so, I brought peace offerings to my competitor, and we participated in more of a fun, educational cooper-tition than a war. But, here’s the thing: these programs are hilarious, educational and involves the audience. And, this year there’s a live floral arranging competition in addition to a container design competition. Sadly, I don’t get to play on stage this year, but others in the line ups are gonna be great!
- Plant-a-holics: Last year I picked up onion starts, seeds, a self-fertile apple tree, a few orchids, and a number of air plants. This year, I look forward to visiting the plant market for more of the same. Once you get hooked on air plants and orchids, there’s just no turning back. And, who doesn’t end up taking home at least a few things to grow from this fantastic festival of all things garden?
See you at the show!
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