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Tag: northwest flower and garden show

  • Learn About Urban Homesteading with Farm Animals

    March 08, 2013

    Interested in learning about urban homesteading with farm animals? Next week Garden Mentors® is participating in an exciting group seminar teaching the in’s and out’s of city gardening with country animals — including goats, honeybees, chickens and more!

    Honeybee package

    Honeybee package. Can you tell a worker from a drone?

    Timber Press Free Range Chicken Gardens author Jessi Bloom, revered goatie guru gal Lacia Lynne Bailey, and Garden Mentors®‘ own honeybee hive host Robin Haglund will be teaming up to teach the professional garden designers of APLD and others – like you – about the in’s and out’s of creating and maintaining city gardens filled with these country animals.

    Know what’s really cool? Each of us has lived and gardened and farmed with every one of the farm animals we’ll be discussing. (more…)

  • 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


  • The Pollinators on My Mind for NWFGS!

    February 13, 2013
    Honeybee feasting on & pollinating Tradescantia

    Honeybee feasting on & pollinating Tradescantia

    Pollinators as garden beneficials are on my mind as I gear up for my seminars at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.  Honeybees, birds, wild bees, hummingbirds, bats, mason bees, beetles & more. They’re all I can think about right now. Or, rather, they’re all I should be thinking about given the show opens in a month!

    I’ll be giving two pollinator-focused presentations at the show on Sunday, February 24th:

    • Potent Planting for Primo Pollinators (Gardening 101: Sustainable Solutions)
      • Details: Whether you garden in containers on a balcony or on a larger plot of land, adding plants for pollinators not only helps the environment and promotes better edible harvests, but it also ensures your garden is filled with beautiful flowers and fantastic fragrance day and night. Plus, pollinators – from bees to butterflies to birds and even bats – provide nonstop outdoor entertainment. And, they may even help with pest control! And, for those who want to maximize their fruit & vegetable harvests, luring beneficial fauna is key to your success. Join us to learn how to develop a gorgeous garden with year-round interest plants pollinators simply can’t resist.
      • Where: Rainier Room
      • When: Sunday, February 24th, 12:30pm
    • Bee Harmonious: Plan, Plant & Garden with Bees
      • Details: In this informative session led by award-winning urban beekeeper Corky Luster of Ballard Bee Company and esteemed garden designer & coach Robin Haglund of Garden Mentors, learn what you can do to budget, design, create & maintain a beautiful, functional garden habit ideal for urban honeybees, wild bees and people too! Whether your goal is to get better pollination in your edible garden, develop your own apiary, become a hive host, or design a gorgeous bee-friendly garden, this session is for you. Learn how to situate hives, budget and plan, comply with regulations and cohabitate harmoniously with bees of all kinds.
      • Where: Hood Room
      • When: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 3:15pm

    I hope to meet you there…on the show floor or at a seminar! In the meantime, please forgive my less frequent posts as I focus on putting together my presentations. Following us on Twitter & on our Facebook page offers everything you find on this blog, plus much more. (We’re updating several times daily via social networking.) So, please take a moment to sign up and become a part of our social network!

  • Nature Inspires Glass Art for the Garden

    February 06, 2013

    Updated 3/17/2017: Glass Gardens NW was sold to new owners in 2016. We have received a number of complaints following this sale, so we are no longer linking out to their website.

    Today we are thrilled to announce a guest post from our friend Barbara Sanderson of Glass Gardens Northwest. She’ll be discussing her inspiration and giving us a first sneak-peek at two new designs that will be unveiled for the first time ever at the 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show!


    My Source Inspiration

    Double Datura Design: Available 1st at 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show

    by Barbara Sanderson

    The source of inspiration for my artwork is found in nature. Walking down a road in the early morning and seeing the dewdrops clinging to the pine needles with the sunlight reflecting off the water. In the woods in the fall, coming across a family of mushrooms sprouting from the decaying leaves on the forest floor. Watching the early growth of bulbs breaking the surface of the soil with frost on the ground.  Spying  hummingbirds collecting nectar from a large honeysuckle bush. These are images that I treasure and which lead me to create glass and metal art that complements nature. (more…)

  • 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…)

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