Rizaniño “Riz” Reyes – Horticulturist & owner, RHR Horticulture
An early curiosity about fruits and flowers turned a young boy from the Philippines into an award-winning garden designer and avid plantsman in the Pacific Northwest. Riz Reyes’ true interest in gardening began as a seven-year-old watching public television to learn English and gaining an appreciation for the art and science of growing plants. Immigrating to the US, he was exposed to an environment that unveiled an overwhelming diversity of plants he felt compelled to learn about and grow on his own. This led him to start a small specialty nursery, get involved with various horticultural organizations around the country and then a BS in environmental horticulture from the University of Washington. Riz has worked at the UW Botanic Garden’s Center for Urban Horticulture and runs his own horticultural enterprise called RHR Horticulture, where he designs, consults, and maintains gardens he helped install. On the side, he supports and collaborates with local cut flower growers for his unique floral designs. He is also a regular speaker and writer for various local and national organizations and publications. (Photo by Tom Marks)
Follow Riz online at:
Gardening 101: Form, Foliage & Flowers
Structural Beauty for Winter Gardens
Wed, Feb 5 at 11:30 am / Rainier Room
The three basics – form, foliage and flowers – all packed into one fun-filled series of mini-seminars, by three of the Northwest’s leading plantaholics. Riz Reyes, Richie Steffen and Debra Prinzing will share their top picks for plants that give you these (and more!) Find the perfect plants for structural beauty, bold plants with foliage that pack a visual punch, and plants that have flowers that seem to last forever – in the garden and the vase. What are the plants that will make the cut? Find out – and take away some plant lists filled with the top “must-haves” for your own garden
Buy Plants Like a Pro
A Buyer’s Guide to the Plant Market
Fri, Feb 7 at 6:15 pm / DIY Stage
How do you handle the numerous plants and bulbs you purchase from the plant market? Horticulturist (and plant addict) Riz Reyes will show you how to properly handle and prepare your plant purchases for the best possible results. First he’ll start with basic plant selection – is that plant on sale really a good deal? He’ll also cover the proper treatment of bareroot perennials and bareroot trees and shrubs. Don’t get caught wasting your money on plants that are past their prime, or losing plants because of poor planting technique.
Riz Reyes’ garden at the 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show won the Founder’s Cup (Best in Show), the American Horticulture Society Environmental Award and the Golden Palette Award for best use of plants. It was his first show garden.
ALL SEMINARS ARE FREE with your ticket.
DIG IN and turn your garden dreams into reality!