Getting Started with Gardening 101
With over 100 incredible seminars offered at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, where does someone new to gardening start? There’s loads of inspiration from the leading designers and authors who grace our stages, but if you’re looking for solid, practical advice and you’re in a hurry, look no further than our new Gardening 101 series.
Gardening 101 will give you the best ideas to help solve some pesky gardening problems. Whether you’re looking for the best plants to grow in our region, or you’ve got some design challenges, or maybe you just aren’t sure how to prune your beloved roses, then these seminars are for you. Each of the seminars in the 3-part series are only 30 minutes, so it packs a punch in only 90 minutes.
On Thursday we start with ‘Gardening 101: Indispensible Plants’ – must-have plants for your own garden. Val Easton starts things off talking about those tiny treasures we tuck into the ground – bulbs. Next Nita-Jo Rountree will amaze you with her favorite annuals, and finally Kelly Dodson and Sue Milliken, of Far Reaches Farm fame, will reveal their most lusted-after perennials that you need to try.
Friday brings you ‘Gardening 101: Design Solutions’, to help you tackle some annoying problems – privacy, space, and seating. Marty Wingate will address unsightly views and noise control techniques. Then Vanessa Gardner Nagel discusses creative ways to incorporate seating and other furniture in your garden. Lucy Hardiman will end the show with inventive ways to make the use of minimal space. You’ll leave inspired with new ideas on creating a cozy, peaceful retreat in even the smallest garden space.
Pruning is one of those gardening tasks that requires both skill and finesse. Ignorance is not bliss for your plants if they are pruned badly! So Saturday’s ‘Gardening 101: Perfect Your Pruning’ is just what gardeners’ need, taught by three leading experts. No one teaches pruning better than Cass Turnbull who shows you how to tackle those unsightly Rhododendrons. Raintree Nursery owner Sam Benowitz shows the best cuts for your fruit trees to improve productivity, and rose expert Paul Zimmerman will demystify the art of pruning roses.
“Sustainability” is huge these days, but what does it mean for gardeners? On Sunday, ‘Gardening 101: Simple Sustainability’ will covers simple things that every homeowner can do to tackle gardening problems, such as weeds and pests, and still be kind to the Earth. This is not rocket science! Christina Pfeiffer will save you time and money and show you how to make the most of your mulch. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, whose opinions are rooted in sound science, will share natural pesticides, helping you avoid chemical pollution. And Robin Haglund will talk about some beautiful plants that enrich the garden for our vital pollinators.
To view the entire seminar schedule, just click on the button below. All our seminars are FREE with your ticket, so you can sit through hours of great education and entertainment for the low cost of only $16 for an Early Bird ticket. ~ Janet