One of the most important topics covered at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is our seminar category number five, called Simple Sustainability: Practicing Permaculture and Organic Gardening. If you’re looking for expert resources in fertilizers, resourceful gardening, and pesticides, look no further.
Jessi Bloom & Dave Boehnlein have just release a new book titled Practical Permaculture for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth (Timber Press, $24.95). Combining an ecological expert and a permaculture expert will net you this amazing seminar. And yes, they will be signing their new book after!
With over twenty years experience on plant and insect testing, Doctor Jeff Gillman will use his research from Fine Gardening to tell you which home remedies actually work, and which are just fads.
C.L. Fornari will provide a down-and-dirty talk to help gardeners sort through the gardening folklore passed through the ages (and how new research could change those) and hype surrounding plants, practices and products.
Many gardeners learn about gardening the old-fashioned way — sharing tales with fellow gardeners. Countless myths persist, and not all are good garden practice. Find out what you should and shouldn’t be doing to maintain a healthy organic garden. Our myth-busters will share which organic gardening methods are good or bad, and why. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott will give you the dirt on mulches and soil amendments; C.L. Fornari shares plant-specific myths, and Dr. Jeff Gillman sheds light on fertilizers and pesticides.
It may seem easy to create spring, but some attendees of the Northwest Flower & Garden Show don’t realize just how much hard work goes into the full scale display gardens. Planning begins eight months prior. Along with many forms and deadlines to worry about, some plants are forced into bloom early to give that magical effect of Spring in February. Let’s just say nature doesn’t always cooperate. Another huge thing is all of these full scale gardens must be built in approximately 72 hours and torn down in 36 hours. All at the same time. Crazy, right?
And somehow they all manage to look amazing.
Here’s a look at three more of our 2015 Display Gardens.
Oh boy, do I love an Italian themed garden. Dakara Landscape Design is creating an Italian grotto for a hideaway romantic garden. The plant material will be Mediterranean, yet still able to survive the Pacific Northwest climate. It will be a small, colorful space with a water feature and sitting areas. Let the love bloom!
A ‘Bi-O-Cycle’ Built for Two
Here’s an idea… use ponds as an art piece! Evergreen Landscaping & Ponds is coming back for their second Northwest Flower & Garden Show using two ponds in the shape of bicycle wheels and hearts. The ponds will include running waterfalls while the “bicycle frame” is created with natural tree branches. Tree stumps, ferns, ground covers, flowers and moss will surround the ponds to create a mature look.
The Root of True Romance
Beautiful Chaos: Love, Art, Nature
Elandan Gardens has designed at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show for many, many years. Every garden they produce has a distinct style: natural and grand. This year’s garden will be no different. A waterfall among large granite boulders, native plants, recycled wood, and a sculpted bench for sitting under a snag will set the lovely scene. There’s also a “pool of red tulips,” just in time for Valentine’s Day. Nature is the root of true romance in this garden.
Get inspired this year by our full scale Display Gardens. You can walk up to every garden to see, smell, and touch away. Get personal with the plants. All it takes is a ticket in! -Courtney
Our third seminar category is “Solving Design Challenges With Style: Artistic Inspiration For Every Garden.” This might be the most popular, simply because design challenges are NOT uncommon in most yards. Whether you have a specific challenge, or just want more from your garden… we have the seminars for you.
Garden design basics:
- Vampires? Yes, Susan Morrison will use classic movie monsters and creatures of the night for her inspiration. But it’s really about creating a garden that shines in the evening and looks good in any season.
- 2015 Show Judge Troy B. Marden will demonstrate excellent design techniques in the garden. As he says in his seminar description… “Great design is great design, no matter where you garden.”
- The crucial design technique of layering plants in the garden will be brought to life in David Culp’s seminar “The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty.”
- Speaker Claire T. Jones will teach the art of ‘slow landscaping,’ a process that is done with “planning, thought, and sustainability.” The best gardens aren’t created overnight, you know!
Specific design challenges:
- How do two garden experts garden together? Find out when Ciscoe Morris and his wife Mary talk on February 14th (how appropriate!).
- If you’re struggling with a disability, an accident, or even your age, Shirley Sidell can give tips on how to garden successfully with these.
- Want to get rid of your lawn, or need help with your hellstrip? Evelyn Hadden can share her expertise on both of these topics in the times listed above.
How to add personal touches to your garden:
- Cultivating Garden Style is the new hit by author Rochelle Greayer. This seminar can help you bring your personal style into the garden. Take a look at your own tastes outside of the garden, and find how to translate them into it!
- Have you ever wanted to make your own herbal spa products? Herb Lovers Spa Book author Sue Goetz will demonstrate every step of the process; from planting the herbs to creating your own natural spa products.
- Linda Engstrom, FAPLD & 2015 Show Judge, will show how to add finishing hardscaping touches to your garden like gates, pergolas, waterfalls, sculptures, and more.
- Sometimes a little inspiration is all you need. Michelle Gervais, senior editor at Fine Gardening, will show off the “Garden Photo of the Day” blog, which includes real ideas from gardens around the country.
- You can enhance the design of your garden with sculpture, artifacts, and found objects. You can artfully incorporate these things with speaker Lucy Hardiman showing you how.
Stopping in on one of these seminars is like getting a free garden design consultation. It’s especially so because these expert seminars are all FREE with entry to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
Save money, and buy your tickets now! -Courtney
Are you a Subaru owner? Then you should enter our amazing ticket giveaway! You could win two tickets to the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, PLUS a $50 Subaru Gear giftcard!
Our winners below submitted a photo of their Subaru and described why they love it. They will be getting two free tickets (a $44 value) to the Show and that $50 giftcard just for sending us a picture of their Subaru along with why they love it. You too can be a winner with your Subaru! -Courtney
Besides the amazing show gardens there were 2 additional gardens to inspire garden enthusiasts at the 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. These two displays created by Subaru not only showed off the All-new Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, but brought new technology to gardening. The fantastic sky bridge display, “Native Renaissance,” brought natural elements, reused materials and water creating a backdrop for daily demos and photos. This area was a main thoroughfare of the show and opened Gardener’s eyes to new battery-operated lawn equipment.
The second display in the south lobby, “The New Art of Camping- Foraging In Nature’s Garden,” was equally as impressive and demonstrated how to always use nature to your advantage. We hope you made time to see what’s new in gardening technology, charge your phone while enjoying the display and gear up to get back to nature with #Subarugardens!
South Lobby Display
“The New Art of Camping- Foraging In Nature’s Garden.”