Today we have Part 2 of our blog on the Northwest gardening celebs, friends and mentors we have grown to love over the years at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show (here’s Part 1). Some of these gardening gurus have been speaking at the show since it first heralded spring back in 1989!
So now you can catch a sneak preview of what you can expect from our local household names at the 2012 show. (Just go to the Seminar Schedule pages of our website for complete details on each speaker.)
No one is more of a household name in this region than James Morris. Huh? Who? Oh, you all know him as Ciscoe. Like Madonna, Cher, and Lassie before him, Ciscoe is a garden celeb who needs no last name. He’s been sharing his passion and educating legions of gardens, beginners and veterans alike, for over two decades. He’ll be back at the show telling us about his peak performing plants for every month of the year, and the indestructible plants that survive the toughest conditions. If these plants meet Ciscoe’s demanding standards, they are sure to meet yours.
Debra Prinzing has a new book coming out in April, The 50 Mile Bouquet: Discovering the World of Seasonal, Local and Sustainable Flowers, with photographer David Perry. It’s sure to be an exquisitely photographed, insightful and entertaining tome on floral bouquets – definitely not your Gramma’s flower arrangements. As a sneak preview to the book, Debra will be showing us how to create the bouquets of our dreams, using fresh garden materials and cleverly reused objects. No more staid, symmetrical frou-frou flowers on florist foam. Debra’s cheerful seminars will get you in touch with your new, improved floral designer self, with beautiful bouquets to show for it.
If you follow David Perry’s blog or Facebook page, you know his eye for photography is expressed in unusual, compelling, and visually arresting ways. And OMG, many of his photos are taken from his iPhone! If you’ve got a smart phone glued to your hand, you really must attend David’s seminar – “iPhone Gardener.” He will show you the amazing potential that these cameras have to offer, recommend some good apps to use for photo manipulation, and in general, just have you in stitches with his insouciant view of the world. Learning technical stuff was never so much fun, so do yourself a favor and if you haven’t already, discover David Perry. You’ll be glad you did.
I always say Richie Steffen, curator of the Elizabeth Miller Botanical Garden, is just way too serious. He is, of course, serious about plants. But he shares his seriously incredible knowledge about plants in a lively and passionate way, with a infectious laugh and good humor that makes all his seminars entertaining, along with educational. Richie and the Great Plant Picks people have a new group of plants you must have – shade tolerant plants, all tried and true for Northwest gardens. If you’ve got shade (and who doesn’t here in the uber green Pacific Northwest?) you won’t want to miss Richie’s list of reliable plants for the shade garden.
Greg Butler wants to save you from yourself. That is, he wants to share the fundamentals of good garden design, so you don’t fall into the trap of hodge-podge planting, overplanting, poorly placed plants, inappropriate plants (see the trend here?) and more. Sound impossible? Like the song, his seminar is titled “Do-Re-Mi,” and, as Greg says, “Take it from “Mi”, your garden can be a “Re” of sunshine on the dreariest day, and it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of “Do”!” And when you see Greg’s incredible before-and-after photos, you will be glad you took the time to solve garden problems before you begin to plant!
Mary Ann Newcomer invites her readers to the gardens of the Wild, Wild West on her blog of the same name. Now she wants to invite you all to set a spell and do some weaving – of beautiful garden tapestries, that is. Mary Ann’s seminar will help you discover some perfect compositions and combinations in your garden – plants that just naturally look good together. (You know, the plants that always seem to be in other people’s gardens, but not your own.) Designers know how to do this, and you will too, after seeing Mary Ann’s seminar showcasing gorgeous color combinations that you can pull off at home.
If any gardening celeb was on a Mission, it’s Cass Turnbull. She has dedicated her life, through the founding of the invaluable organization Plant Amnesty, to stop the senseless torture and mutilation of shrubs and trees. Cass wants to teach you how to prune, and, more importantly, how NOT to prune! At her seminar this year she’s tackling those quintessential Northwest shrubs – rhododendron, hydrangea, callicarpa (beautyberry), Viburnum bodnantense and abelia. If you’ve got one or more of these babies, Cass’ seminar should be at the top of your list. (Oh, how I wish my neighbors would all come to this seminar!)
Linda Chalker-Scott, the Northwest’s resident myth buster, wants to save both new gardeners and veterans from wasting their time and money slavishly following “rules” that were meant to be broken. The author of two best-sellers, The Informed Gardener and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again, she’s going to introduce you to your garden soil like you’ve never seen it before. Don’t spend another dime on “amendments” until you’ve heard Linda’s scientific know-how. Great gardens come from great soil, and Linda will help you get yours where it needs to go.
The imaginative ideas in Lorene Edwards Forkner’s brain must zoom as fast as a hummingbird. She always seems to be in motion, and her infectious personality infuses everything she does. Now she’s gathered many of her top ideas into the must-have new book, Handmade Garden Projects: Step by Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More, just released by Timber Press. She’ll be sharing her top tricks at the show, helping you to avoid spending your hard-earned dollars on a projects and having it all end up in the dumpster (I speak from experience).
If you’re a chicken, or just want to start keeping chickens, then Jessi Bloom’s new book, Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard, should be on your list. Really, what self-respecting chicken wants to be cooped up in a cage all the time? Jessi will be showing you how to live free with your chickens. From her sage advice on keeping them, to the best plants to grow in your garden all around them, you’ll feel better allowing your chickens to roam free as, well, as a bird. And the upside to happy chickens is eggs – lots of fresh eggs. Yum!
These are just some of the many stellar garden speakers giving seminars at the show this year. Next up, a look at some of the new speakers who will be taking the stages of the Rainier and Hood Rooms and the DIY Stage. With so many speakers to choose from, you’ll want to plan your days, so check out the Seminar Schedule soon. ~ Janet
Plant geeks unite! Here is Part 1 of the plant-centric seminars we will have at the show in February. If you’re a conifer lover, shade gardener, or succulent fan, now you can hear from the best about the hot new plants, and tried-and-true stalwarts of the garden. Or if you have problems to solve – wet spots, unsightly views, a boring garden in early Spring, or your plants simply keep dying (happens to the best of us) – our speakers will give you first-rate advice and get your gardening juices flowing! (And watch for Part 2 of our ‘Slaves to the Goddess Flora’ blog – featuring more of your favorite plant geek speakers. And yes – Dan is back!)
Ciscoe Morris – Radio, TV host, columnist & author, “Ask Ciscoe”
Ciscoe Morris began his gardening career at age ten, when he harassed a priest at a neighborhood church into hiring him as a lawn boy. His book, Ask Ciscoe – Oh La La! Your Gardening Questions Answered (Sasquatch, 2006) is a national bestseller. For 24 years he directed the gardening and landscaping at Seattle University. During his tenure, the University won several prestigious environmental awards including the EPA’s highest national environmental award. The gardening program he developed led Seattle University to be the only University campus in Washington designated as a wildlife sanctuary. He has a distinguished media career and is currently featured on KING5 TV’s ‘Gardening with Ciscoe” with co-host Meeghan Black.
Plant of the Week
Peak Performing Plants from January through December
Wed, Feb 8 at 4 pm / Rainier Room
Northwest gardens don’t have to be nothin’ but mud in the rainy winter months. Take it from Ciscoe, as he shares his favorite plants at the peak of their performance – every week from January though December!
Bring it On!
Indestructible Plants that Survive the Toughest Conditions
Sat, Feb 11 at 3:45 pm / Rainier Room
Trees, shrubs and perennials so attractive, it belies their “tough as nails” constitutions. See which plants made Ciscoe’s list, and you can not only have an “Oh la la” garden, you can save money because your plants survive the low water summers and cold, soggy winters!
Dr. Richard L. Bitner – Author, “Designing with Conifers”
Richard L. Bitner is a garden writer and photographer and also a practicing board-certified anesthesiologist. He studied horticulture at Longwood Gardens where he is a popular teacher of the Conifers, Deciduous Flowering Shrubs II, and Designing with Conifers certificate courses and he has been a Plant Study Walk Instructor since 1993. His writing and photographs have appeared in regional and national magazines. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Gold Medal Plant Award Committee. He is the author of the best-selling Conifers for Gardens An Illustrated Encyclopedia (Timber Press, 2007) and Timber Press Pocket Guide to Conifers (Timber Press, 2010). Timber Press published his latest best seller, Designing with Conifers The Best Choices for Year-round Interest in Your Garden in spring of 2011. Dr. Bitner earned an M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and is a former faculty member. He currently teaches at the Penn State School of Medicine/Hershey Medical Center.
Gardening with Conifers
Making Wise Choices in Selecting Conifers
Wed, Feb 8 at 11 am / Hood Room
Perhaps no group of plants is so poorly used in our gardens, even though they play a multitude of roles in our landscapes. They serve as large landscape trees and useful hedges, foundation shrubs, groundcovers, and rock garden regulars. But they are often planted inappropriately and the same plants are used again and again. The focus of this seminar is about making better choices when selecting conifers for home landscapes. Designers, home gardeners, and nursery owners will be challenged to change their thinking about conifers and inspired by dozens of images of conifers used in imaginative but appropriate ways.
Designing with Conifers
Using Conifers to Provide Year Round Garden Interest
Thurs, Feb 9 at 4:30 pm / Hood Room
Conifers can be the backbone of Northwest gardens. They combine wonderfully with many of the plants that do so well in our climate. They are easy care and provide good color and textural interest in every season. But they are often planted inappropriately and the same plants are used again and again. In this seminar Dr. Bitner will talk about integrating conifers into our mixed borders and making successful plant combinations with conifers. Learn how to change your thinking about conifers and be inspired by dozens of images of conifers used to create beautiful, timeless gardens.
Robin Stockwell – Owner, Succulent Gardens Nursery, California
Robin Stockwell is the owner/operator of Succulent Gardens, a nursery specializing in hardy succulent plants located in California. He currently has a complete retail succulent nursery devoted to teaching about and promoting the use of succulent plants. He has been a nurseryman, retail store owner and professional gardener for over 30 years. He has made numerous media appearances, including the P. Allen Smith show, the Coastal Gardener and KSFO, and he has been featured in Sunset magazine, the Monterey Herald, the San Jose Mercury News and the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
A Rainbow of Succulents
Using Succulents to Create a Symphony of Color
Wed, Feb 8 at 2 pm / Hood Room
Succulents are hot – and they are tough survivors of hot, dry weather. Grower and succulent expert Robin Stockwell shares a wide variety of color, form, and texture of these popular plants. Several of the vertical gardens Robin has designed for the San Francisco Flower & Gardens shows and Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend have won awards. Learn how he designed and installed his show-stopping vertical walls, which succulents are best for the Pacific Northwest, and how to manage less hardy varieties.
Vertical Gardening with Succulents
The Nuts & Bolts for Vertical Gardening
Thurs, Feb 9 at 11:15 am / DIY Stage
This would be a hands-on presentation demonstrating the materials used, including containers, soil, and plants. Plant preparation would be covered along with the growing process, maintenance, exposure and general questions regarding all issues related to vertical gardening with succulent plants.
Vanessa Gardner Nagel, APLD, NCIDQ – Designer & author, Understanding Garden Design
Vanessa Gardner Nagel, APLD, NCIDQ, is the author of Understanding Garden Design: The Complete Handbook for Aspiring Designers (Timber Press, 2010). Sunset Magazine awarded her an Award of Excellence in the 2004 Landscape Design Competition. Vanessa turned her global design experience as a commercial interior designer inside-out into landscape design. Today, after more than 30 years as a designer, she continues to be an award-winning, eco-conscious garden designer and supports the design philosophies of integrating the exterior with the interior, as well as ‘finding the common thread’ when ‘weaving’ a garden design. Vanessa is a professional member of the Oregon and Washington Chapters of APLD.
Structural Plant Placement
Locating & Strengthening Your Garden’s Bones
Fri, Feb 10 at 9:30 am / Hood Room
Do you characterize your garden as “missing in action”? Do you wonder what type of plant to put in which location? Learn methods to place structural plants that will create garden definition and keep your garden looking scrumptious all year long
Kelly Dodson & Sue Milliken – Owners, Far Reaches Farm
Kelly Dodson and Sue Milliken are bonafide plant geeks. As owners of Far Reaches Farm, a specialty nursery located in Port Townsend, Washington, this offers the perfect excuse to indulge their life-long passion for plants and combine it with a nursery retail and wholesale operation. Don’t try this at home! It’s a lot of work all year round, but Kelly and Sue are passionate about what they do. They met while on a seed collecting expedition to China, and together opened Far Reaches Farm eight years ago.
Shade Gardens Rule!
The Best & Most Unusual Plants for Shade
Wed, Feb 8 at 7 pm / Hood Room
Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson of Far Reaches Farm are passionate shade gardeners, and they will talk about many of their favorite plants in their shade garden and nursery as well as tips for melding garden design with obsessive plant collecting.
Marty Wingate – Lecturer, columnist & author, “Landscaping for Privacy” & “The Garden Plot”
Marty Wingate is a writer and speaker about gardens and travel. She holds a master’s degree in urban horticulture from the University of Washington. Marty is the author of three books: The Bellevue Botanical Garden: Celebrating the First 15 Years (BBGS, 2007); Big Ideas for Northwest Small Gardens (Sasquatch, 2003); and The Big Book of Northwest Perennials (Sasquatch, 2005), and she writes for a variety of national magazines. Marty is currently working on a new book for Timber Press, titled Landscaping for Privacy, which will be released December 2011. In addition to her books, Marty can be heard every Tuesday on KUOW (94.9 FM) as part of the “Weekday” gardening panel. Marty’s first murder mystery, The Garden Plot, about an American gardener in London who gets tangles up in a murder investigation, is available on Kindle and the Nook as an ebook.
Landscaping for Privacy
Designing Buffers, Barriers & Screens for Your Garden
Fri, Feb 10 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room
Do you have unsightly views? Neighbors can be wonderful, but not if they mar your enjoyment of your own garden. Marty will share her innovative ways to turn your outdoor space into a peaceful retreat, with clever design ideas and solutions using the right buffer, barrier or screen for your garden.
Don’t Look Now
Innovative Screening Ideas for Every Garden
Sat, Feb 11 at 12:15 pm / Hood Room
Got something to hide? Learn a variety of innovative screening ideas for your landscape and gather the best design ideas to disguise unwanted views in your garden.
Vanca Lumsden – Owner, Albe Rustics
Vanca Lumsden is the owner of Albe Rustics, handcrafting unique rustic furniture made from a variety of wild and domesticated trees. She is also a long-time award-winning garden creator at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Her show gardens, co-created with Judith Jones of Fancy Fronds Nursery, have won the Founder’s Cup Best in Show Award twice. She was also the co-owner of Ponderings, a wholesale aquatic plant nursery and retail specialty nursery in Medford, Oregon. She has taught pond building classes for retail nurseries and community colleges in Oregon, Washington and Northern California for the years I was in that business. Vanca has made numerous TV and radio appearances in conjunction with my nursery business and the NWFG show.
Get Your Feet Wet
Boggy, Soggy Plants for Plant Addicts
Wed, Feb 8 at 6:45 pm / Rainier Room
This will NOT be a technical talk about ponds or bogs. This is about interesting plants that naturally grow or can be adapted to grow in wet situations. For 15 years I grew aquatics for the trade and was always trying something new…some I grew, some I killed – but it was always fun! So this should be interesting to the gardener who wants to try new gardening adventures and turn a boggy eyesore into a beautiful, lush landscape.
Susan Egan – Owner, Cottage Lake Gardens, Woodinville
Susie Egan is the owner of Cottage Lake Gardens, a private plant nursery and display garden located on Cottage Lake in Woodinville, Washington. Susie also does landscape design, garden coaching and garden maintenance for local homeowners. She is an active Master Gardener and volunteer for the WSU Master Gardener Program and started the Master Gardener Clinics held at the Woodinville Water District and Molbak’s. Her focus in recent years has been the study and propagation of native and woodland shade plants particularly of Trillium, an endangered wildflower. Susie is working towards establishing a National Trillium Collection whose purpose will be to conserve, grow, propagate, and make available the amazing genera of Trillium. So far Cottage Lake Gardens has 45 of the 47 species of Trilliums in the world.
A Symphony of Spring Ephemerals
Woodland Gems to Bridge the Seasons
Sun, Feb 12 at 4:45 pm / Hood Room
Enjoy the beautiful world of Spring Ephemerals, those sweet little woodland gems that are the first wildflowers to bloom in spring and whose fleeting beauty become a lasting memory in our gardens.
For the complete seminar schedule, go to our website. We’ve redesigned the seminar schedule for really easy reading. We hope you like it! Just click on the speaker name for their photo, full bio and their seminar topics. ~ Janet
THE GARDEN SHOW – Our Most Unforgettable Characters
When I tell people that I am planning a ‘seminar’ hosted by Ciscoe Morris, with Marianne Binetti, Cass Turnbull and Steve Lorton as guests, all together on stage, at the same time, all with microphones, their response usually goes like this:
“Are you crazy?!”
Well, maybe! But it’s sure to be a raucous good time as these four gardening luminaries / comediannes get together to talk about the most unforgettable, and maybe slightly obsessed, gardeners they have met during their long and storied careers. This is a totally spontaneous and ad-libbed conversation hosted by Ciscoe Morris, popular radio and TV host and author of Ask Ciscoe!, along with guest stars Marianne Binetti, columnist and author; Cass Turnbull, founder of Plant Amnesty; and Steve Lorton, former editor of Sunset magazine. Put these four storytellers in a room together and turn them loose with microphones and it’s sure to be an hour of wild stories!
THE GARDEN SHOW: Our Most Unforgettable Characters
Four Gardening Raconteurs on Their Most Memorable People!
Thursday, February 24 at 2:30 pm in the Rainier Room
Ciscoe Morris – Radio, TV host, columnist & author, Ask Ciscoe
Ciscoe Morris began his gardening career at age ten, when he harassed a priest at a neighborhood church into hiring him as a lawn boy. His book, Ask Ciscoe – Oh La La! Your Gardening Questions Answered (Sasquatch, 2006) is a national bestseller. For 24 years he directed the gardening and landscaping at Seattle University. Ciscoe has a distinguished media career and is currently featured on KING5 TV’s ‘Gardening with Ciscoe” with co-host Meeghan Black. Their gardening tips are also featured on KING5 ‘Morning News’ and ‘Noon News.’ ‘Gardening with Ciscoe Live’ in on the NCN Network, and his radio show, ‘Gardening with Ciscoe,’ is on KIRO710. Ciscoe also writes a weekly column in the Seattle P-I. Ciscoe’s home garden was featured in ‘Seattle Homes and Lifestyle’ in 1999. Website – www.ciscoe.com
Cass Turnbull – Founder, Plant Amnesty & author, Guide to Pruning
Cass Turnbull’s name is synonymous with the art of good pruning. As the founder and President of Plant Amnesty, her mission has been to “end the shameless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs.” She left the Seattle Parks Department in 1986 after 11 years to start her own landscape maintenance and consulting business, Cass Turnbull Gardening Services. She is the author of Cass Turnbull’s Guide to Pruning (Sasquatch, 2004 & 2006) and The Complete Guide to Landscape Design, Renovation and Maintenance (Betterway, 1990). She has made many media appearances and her articles have appeared in Organic Gardening, Pacific Horticulture, the Seattle PI, Los Angeles Times and quoted in the Wall Street Journal. She has won awards from the International Society of Arboriculture, the City of Seattle, WSNLA and the National Arbor Day Foundation. Visit the Plant Amnesty exhibit at booth # 2314. Website – www.plantamnesty.org
Marianne Binetti – Syndicated columnist & author, Edible Gardens for Washington & Oregon
Known for her light-hearted and fun approach to garden writing, Marianne has a B.A. in horticulture from Washington State University and writes a syndicated column that runs in over a dozen newspapers. She also writes weekly for the Tacoma News Tribune garden page. You may recognize Marianne from her many appearances on HGTV. The Seattle native is the author of ten gardening books. Her most recent book is Edible Gardens for Washington & Oregon, and she is also the author of Container Gardening for Washington and Oregon (Lonepine Press, January 2008) and Herbs for Washington & Oregon (Lonepine Press, January 2008). Her latest project includes taking gardeners around the globe to see beautiful gardens. Website: www.binettigarden.com
Steve Lorton – Former editor, Sunset magazine
Steve Lorton was at Sunset Magazine for 33 years, most recently as the Northwest Bureau Chief. The Senke School of Ikebana gave him their first and only honorary membership. He started the Seattle Street Tree Advisory Board for the City of Seattle, served on the Executive Boards of the Washington Park Arboretum, The Northwest Horticulture Society, The Arboretum Bulletin Editorial Board, and the Northwest Trail of the Woodland Park Zoological Gardens. He has written extensively about gardens in America, Canada, Japan, Korea, Finland, England, Spain, France and Brazil.
In addition to serving as guest stars for Thursday’s episode of THE GARDEN SHOW, Ciscoe, Marianne, Cass and Steve will be speaking on other topics at the show. Be sure and catch these highly educational – and entertaining – seminars!
Ciscoe Morris & Meeghan Black
See if You Can Stump Ciscoe & Meeghan
Your Gardening Questions Answered
TV personality Meeghan Black tries to keep the irrepressible and exuberant Ciscoe Morris under control as they dare the audience to stump them with gardening questions! See if you can ask a question that they don’t have an answer too. Maybe you’ll win some of Ciscoe’s famous Brussels sprouts. Don’t miss this hilarious presentation!
Ciscoe’s Favorite Plant Combinations
Thursday, February 24 at 11:30 am in the Rainier Room
Think you know what plants make Ciscoe’s favorite list of plant combinations? Find out in this educational, and always entertaining, plant soap opera to see his favorite plant combos and what Ciscoe thinks should be growing together in Northwest gardens these days.
A Tale of Two Gardens
Good vs. Evil in Garden Design and Plant Choices
Sunday, February 27 at 12:45 pm in the Rainier Room
Avoid garden headaches and hassles! Marianne Binetti shows you how to use smart garden design and make great plant choices and combinations, vs. poor design and problem plants. With just a few good decisions in design and plants, you’ll have a tale of your own garden that will have a happy ending.
A Pruning Primer on Unruly Twining Vines
Thursday, February 24 at 11:00 am in the Hood Room
Vines are an important part of the garden, and they can provide years of beauty on otherwise boring walls, fences or eves. But how do you prune them? If you’re confused on the rules of vine pruning, this is a must-see seminar. Cass covers pruning and management of some of our most common ornamental vines: wisteria, clematis, Boston ivy & Virginia Creeper, honeysuckle and trumpet vine.
Exploring Our Asian Roots
Japanese Influence on Northwest Gardens
Wednesday, February 23 at 5:45 pm in the Hood Room
Join master story-teller Steve Lorton has he takes you on a tour of Japanese gardens and shares his insights into their influence on Northwest gardens today.
The planning for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show has accumulated into an exciting show schedule. I can’t wait to attend and I hope to see you there as well.
Up and coming, we will be featuring even more authors and speakers who will be at the show. My fave part is learning from them-for practically no money at all. The sheer amount of information practically puts me on overload so I always take notes so that I can learn even more when reviewing them. If you haven’t read our great interview with Karen Chapman yet, please head on over. She’s so cool!
If you want some hilarity, line up early for Ciscoe Morris and Meeghan Black’s seminar, “Oh, La, La! Garden Hints & Hijinks” on February 21 at 2:45 PM in the Hood Room. You might know them from their KING 5 appearances and I promise they are even more entertaining (and educational) in real life. It will be a blast.
I’m also looking forward to “Beguiling Bamboo Trellises” with Willi Evans Galloway, the creator of DigginFood.com and the editor of Organic Gardening. You already know that I am a fan of organic gardening so I always enjoy her teaching. She speaks at 3:30 PM on February 22 on the Monrovia DIY Stage.
And of course, there are many more! You can now buy your tickets for the show at many vendors throughout the Pacific Northwest. You can also buy them online and print them right from your computer (the “green” in me hopes someday that they will go to all e-tickets).
Stay tuned! We will also talk soon about accommodations in the area, parking and all the essentials to attending the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Oh-and don’t forget to sign up for the new newsletter.
It’s raining all the time here now. Grrr. My garden needs it, right?
~Rainy Day Blues
Dear Rainy Day-
We had some sun today! Yay! Well, I understand. Trust me. I just went through three days when the only road between my little town and a bigger town was completely flooded. They even closed it at times and most of the time wouldn’t let me through. The time they did, it was like three feet high! Whoa! My car’s belts and brakes were squealing afterward! No, all the rain is not hurting your garden. The ground will eventually soak it up. More importantly, our gorgeous evergreens that we love so much need that much rain. If you don’t want a brown landscape, the other option is green, and green needs all that water and more. So hang in there and remember the outcome-that should pull you through until Spring!
I want to learn more about container gardening.
Dear Small Spaces-
You’ve come to the right place! We will have an expert at Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Here’s more: “Born in England, Karen Chapman grew up with an appreciation for the beauty of nature and the wonders of gardening. After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 she joined Molbak’s as a garden plant specialist and discovered the joy of designing container gardens. Helping hundreds of customers create beautiful combinations of plants to enhance their outdoor living spaces was a delight, so she established Le jardinet, a custom container garden design service. Karen regularly speaks to garden clubs and gives seminars on container gardening. She has appeared on KOMO 4 and KING 5 TV and has also been a guest on Ciscoe’s radio show. Her articles can been seen in Fine Gardening magazine (issue 124, 2008) and also viewed on KPLU’s ‘Around the House’ website at www.allblues.org. More about Karen at: www.lejardinetdesigns.com” She will be teaching at the show!