With only 158 days until the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, we want to share how we’re bringing the most colorful and vibrant Show yet. We are partnering with Great Plant Picks to add more spring in February with container garden displays that will be scattered around the Show! You’ll want to check the plant tags on these beauties because they’ve gone through a strict standard to be there.
Great Plant Picks (GPP) is a Northwest non-profit organization dedicated to compiling exceptional plants just for the Pacific Northwest. Yep, just for us. They are an incredible resource for Pacific Northwest gardeners because every plant chosen by GPP must be:
- hardy in USDA Zones 7-8
- available from multiple nurseries (Easy to find!)
- simple to grow and maintain
- long-lasting in the garden
- and more rigorous critera
With over 900 plants and counting in the GPP directory, it’s a must to use the Directory search. Photographs and detailed plant information is available to use for anyone. You can search by conditions, plant type, flower color, and even fragrance!
A long time tradition at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show is the debut of the free Great Plant Picks poster. It shows off the latest and greatest plants chosen by the GPP committee. The past few years were themed with sun-loving plants, “Made in the Shade” for shade gardens, and aromatic plants in”Plants That Make Scents.”
The 2015 poster theme will be “Celebrate Spring” with flowers and foliage outstanding in the springtime. Pick one up at the Show to brighten your wall and your garden. Keep an eye out, you may see some of these spring themed plants in the GPP containers.
You won’t want to miss one of the supervisors of GPP, Richie Steffen speaking Sunday the 15th at 4:15 pm on “Great Plant Picks: Making the Best Spring Garden.” Get inspired by the Great Plant Picks spring container gardens when you make your visit to the 2015 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, February 11th-15th. See Richie’s seminar on Sunday and stop by their booth for your free GPP poster for the year too!
With over 90 speakers at the 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, deciding which seminars to attend can be fairly daunting. Here’s a quick break down to help both new and old show goers decide which seminars may be most beneficial to them.
Gardening 101 (5 topics, 3 speakers day) Start Spring and your new garden on the right foot!
- Form foliage & flowers – Riz Reyes, Richie Steffen & Debra Prinzing
- Misery loves company – Marianne Binetti, Greg Butler & Ciscoe Morris
- Success with shade – Susie Egan, Nicholas Staddon & Marty Wingate
- Your best edible garden – Willi Galloway, Bill Thorness, & Colin McCrate
- Maintenance made easy – Meghan Fuller, Ladd Smith & Christina Pfeiffer
Garden to Table Cooking Series – Two seminars every day on the DIY Stage:
- Erica Strauss
- Theresa Loe
- Coryanne Ettiene
- Willi Galloway
- Beth Evans Ramos
- Alexandra Hedin
Creating an edible garden that’s beautiful and productive:
- Leslie Bennett & Stefani Bittner
- Teresa O’Connor
- Niki Jabbour
- Senga Lindsay
- Carolyn Herriott
- Senga Lindsay
- Jessi Bloom
- Graham Kerr
- Dee Nash
Canadians appearing on our stages:
- Brian Minter
- Niki Jabbour
- Miriam Goldberger
- Carolyn Herriott
- Senga Lindsay
- Douglas Justice
- Julie Moir Messervy
- Michelle Gervais
- Jan Johnson
- Lucy Hardiman
- Rebecca Sweet
- Brian Minter
- Dee Nash
- Vanessa Gardener Nagle
- Phil Wood
Design + Sustainability
- Nan Sterman
- John Albers & David Perry
- Duncan Brine
- Mike Vowels
- Dan Hinkley
- Dan Heims
- Sue Milliken & Kelly Dodson
- Nicholas Staddon
- Richie Steffen
- Janine Anderson
- Debra Lee Baldwin
- Christopher Brookes & Ray Gray
- Jim Fox
- Miriam Goldberger
Gardening 101 on Sunday (maintenance)
- Meghan Fuller
- Ladd Smith
- Christina Pfeiffer
- Kylee Baumle & Jenny Peterson
- Christina Salwitz
- Karen Chapman
- Dee Nash
- Linda Larson
- Janit Calvo – Miniature gardens
- Mary Flewelling Morris – travel
- Linda Larson – travel
- Robin Haglund – gardening against diabetes
- David Mizejewski
- Cole Burrell
- Jim Ullrich
Love the display gardens at the Northwest Flower & Garden show but can’t interpret them in your own yard? Take a look at the Small Spaces Showcase- an inspirational garden guide for small home, condo and apartment dwellers. See how small spaces can be transformed into extraordinary greenery and lush spaces that fit your needs. This year we have 14 different spaces to get you motivated to make more of your lanai, small patio or blank canvas. See more about our Small Spaces Showcase creators here:
This year’s participants include:
Aquarium Zen, LLC The Tangled Bank
Artisans Cottage A Small Whimsical Moment
aw pottery Serenity Garden – An inspiring respite in a sometimes mad world
Bellevue Nursery, Inc. Beyond the Potted Plant
Country Garden Antiques A Door Yard Garden
Emerald City Orchids Still Life With Orchids
Maples for All Seasons Nursery Angelic Garden
National Wildlife Federation Creating Wildlife Habitat with Family Friendly Activities
Oasis Outdoor Environments LLC Art – Alive & Growing
Pot Incorporated Formation Mod
Sky Nursery Unearthing the Art of a Naturalist
Steel Life Modern Garden to Glass
Two Green Thumbs Miniature Garden Center Gardening in Miniature: There’s a little garden in all of us
Wights Home & Garden Life as Art
Barbara Wise – Author of “Container Gardening for All Seasons”
Barbara Peake Wise is the author of the upcoming new book, Container Gardening for All Seasons: 101 Plant Recipes for Year-Round Color (Cool Springs Press, Feb, 2012). She works for Southern Land Company, LLC in Franklin, Tennessee as their Director of Floriculture, where her responsibilities include overseeing the design, installation. and maintenance of the 250+ annual beds and 400+ containers in Southern Land Company’s developments. She provides the homeowners with educational classes, container and window box planting services, and gardening consultation. Barbara has been on the Discovery Channel’s ‘Picture This’, is a writer for Tennessee Gardener and has a monthly gardening column, Garden Compositions, in Nashville House, Home, and Garden magazine. This year her blog featured “365 Days of Container Gardening” – a daily post of container planting ideas for every season. With the desire to “Cultivate a Culture of Gardening®”, Barbara is a Master Gardener, a member of OFA and GWA, and has learned in raising her four highly active sons that gardening was cheaper than therapy when it came to maintaining her sanity.
The WOW Factor
Principles of Creating Beautiful Container Gardens
Thurs, Feb 9 at 12 pm / Hood Room
The WOW factor is not just produced in what you see; it’s about following principles that produce excellence. Using container gardens and annual color beds we’ll look at how to transform a home or garden area from “walk on by” to “wow, oh my!” This seminar will take you through design principles to keep in mind when combining plants in containers, great plants for season long or year round container gardens, some “trust me, they’ll look better once they are planted” annuals that you might be passing by in the garden shops, and choosing the right plant for the right place for the right kind of gardener.
Transform a Garden into a Symphony of Sensations
Fri, Feb 10 at 10 am / Rainier Room
Composing a container garden is not simply throwing random plants together in the same way that composing a song is not about throwing a bunch of notes together ; it’s about following principles that produce excellence, it’s about creating something that will stick with you like a good melody. Using container gardens we’ll look at how to transform a home or garden area into a symphony of sensations and have others singing your tune. This seminar will take you through design principles to keep in mind when combining plants in containers, great plants for season long or year round container gardens, some “trust me, they’ll look better once they are planted” annuals that you might be passing by in the garden shops, and choosing the right plant for the right place for the right kind of gardener.
Barry Hoffer – Owner, Maples for all Seasons
Barry’s passion is Japanese Maples. He turned his passion into a business when he opened Maples for all Seasons, a Nursery specializing in Japanese Maples, based in Pleasanton, CA. His passion grew from when he acquired his first Japanese Maple, Acer japonicum, Acontifolium, 16 years ago, to a collection that now consists of almost ¾ of the worlds available cultivars. He is still adding. He serves as President of the Northern California Japanese Maple Society and regularly conducts classes as “The Maple Guy” teaching about gardening with Japanese Maples, the care and pruning of the Japanese maples as well as discussing the four seasons of the Japanese Maples. Being an expert on Japanese Maples as well as an Arborist, specializing in Japanese Maples, including the care, planting and pruning, Barry was a featured guest on Ciscoe Morris “Gardening with Ciscoe” on Seattle’s KIRO, 97.3FM. Barry owns Maples for all Seasons with his wife and fellow Japanese Maple expert, Sue Hoffer. Visit his show booth # 2434.
Container Gardening with Japanese Maples
Create Long-lasting Gardens with Maples
Sat, Feb 11 at 9:30 am / DIY Stage
Japanese Maples thrive in the Pacific Northwest. That’s why it seems there is at least one in every garden. Barry Hoffer shares his passion for maples and discusses how to prep a tree and properly plant a Japanese maple in a container. He’ll also talk about root pruning, soil mixes and fertilizing, and which cultivars make the best specimens for container culture. Learn the many ways you can use Japanese Maples on patios or balconies or in small spaces, and the proper way to plant them to ensure years of beautiful growth.
Bruce Bailey – Owner, Heavy Petal Nursery, Moses Lake, WA
Bruce Bailey is the owner of Heavy Petal Nursery, in Moses Lake, Washington, “Where plants rock.” He is a passionate horticulturist with a background in art history and design, and an accomplished interior designer. Heavy Petal Nursery provides an unconventional selection of gardening products for a unique shopping experience, with new varieties and surprising introductions of garden worthy plants, as well as old fashioned and unjustly forgotten favorites. They specialize in bringing hardy plants to Eastern Washington, expanding the plant palette for inter-mountain and high desert gardeners. The nursery offers a wide variety of inspiring plants hardy in the USDA zone 5a, as well as pushing zones up to USDA zone 7a.
A Container Named Desire
Making a Personal Statement with Bold Containers
Wed, Feb 8 at 5:45 pm / Hood Room
Join plant geek and nursery owner Bruce Bailey for his fun presentation, “A Container Named Desire.” It will get you primed for choosing the right containers. Bruce will discuss irrigation and drainage, and inspire you to experiment with plants. Go outside your comfort zone! Bruce will both entertain and educate you – and best of all, help you get the most bang for your plant buck.
Teresa O’Connor – Blogger, & co-author, “Grocery Gardening”
Teresa O’Connor is an author and speaker about gardening, food and folklore. Trained as a Master Gardener in California and Idaho, she has written for Fine Gardening, Coastal Home, Horticulture and Gardening How-To Magazine. Teresa co-authored Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food, (Cool Springs Press, 2010). She also co-hosted a popular podcast for Horticulture Magazine called “Nest in Style on Horticulture Radio.” (Find it on iTunes.) Thousands know Teresa as Seasonal Wisdom from Twitter, Facebook and her blog, which TV personality/tastemaker P. Allen Smith called one of “Ten Great Garden Blogs” for 2011.
Growing Food in Small Spaces
Tips & Techniques to Maximize Your Edible Garden Harvest
Fri, Feb 10 at 5:30 pm / Rainier Room
Don’t have much space, but want to grow food? No problem. By selecting the right plant varieties and growing spaces, you’ll be amazed at all the food you can grow in small spaces. Along with lots of helpful tips, this practical presentation will teach how to …
**Select plants for small spaces, such as prolific patio tomatoes that grow two feet high or corn varieties that grow in pots
**Leverage trellises and other vertical support, plus illuminated, self-watering and other cool containers for growing food
**Learn from other small-space gardeners who are growing food everywhere from fire escapes to front porches
**Avoid the most common growing mistakes and enjoy a delicious harvest from your garden, regardless of the size
Charlie Nardozzi – Radio & TV host & author,“Vegetable Gardening for Dummies”
Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 20 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, on-line, and the printed page. Charlie is the former senior horticulturist and spokesperson for the National Gardening Association. For 12 years he contributed articles to National Gardening Magazine. Presently he still writes the monthly Edible Landscaping e-newsletter for NGA. Charlie has written Vegetable Gardening for Dummies (IDG Books, 2009), The Ultimate Gardener (2009) and contributed the horticultural information to the new cookbook, Vegetables from an Italian Garden (Phaidon Press, 2011). Charlie is the former host of PBS’s Garden Smart, and he has also been a gardening expert on HGTV’s “Today at Home”, Discovery Channel’s “Home Matters”, Sirius Radio’s Martha Stewart Living, and Natural Eating with Elyssa. Charlie holds a B.S. in horticulture and a M.A. in adult education from the University of Vermont.
A Potted Edible Garden
Easy Tips to Grow Healthy Edibles in Small Spaces
Sun, Feb 12 at 11:15 am / DIY Stage
Everyone seems to be growing edibles these days! In this hands-on demonstration, Charlie will show some of the latest products and techniques on the market that help you grow vegetables, herbs, and fruits in various containers in small spaces. Some of the products will include new containers, fertilizers, soils, watering devices, and trellises. Hopefully, you’ll walk away inspired to try growing some edibles on your deck, balcony or patio this summer. This talk is sponsored by Gardener’s Supply Company.
Amy Ockerlander – Garden Educator at Seattle Tilth
Amy Ockerlander is a Garden Educator at Seattle Tilth. She teaches classes on a variety of topics including organic vegetable gardening, integrated pest management, perennial food gardening, rain water harvesting and permaculture design. Her professional background includes public education in the arts, five years as a staff horticulturalist on the Garden Hotline and nearly 10 years in the nursery trade. She is also an active member of her community garden and an apprentice beekeeper. Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized non-profit educational organization dedicated to inspiring and educating people to garden organically and conserve natural resources.
Sustainable Container Gardening
Big Harvests with Low Resources the Sustainable Way
Sun, Feb 12 at 3:30 pm / DIY Stage
Container Gardens are essential for city folks interested in growing a little food of their own. Whether you’re growing a micro-salad garden or patio fruit trees, this demonstration will offer ideas on how to keep your garden big on harvests but low on resources. Learn to create your own rich compost from food scraps to revitalize your potting soil, instead of buying new soil every year. See how easy it is to start your own veggies with seeds you saved from last year’s crop. Discover some homemade bug busters for keeping slugs and other critters away from your greens.
So if you’ve only got a small patio or balcony for your garden space, and think you can’t grow edibles or beautiful flowers – think again! You will be inspired by these container designers’ seminars and ready to get your small space growing after the show. Be sure to check out the entire seminar schedule! ~ Janet
Our 8th installment of “Design a Garden” gives you the chance to choose from 3 sets of containers to go on the patio of our “Here Comes the Sun” garden. Designer Lloyd Glasscock, of Looking Glass Design will fill these containers with lush plantings from Swansons Nursery working with John Stout of Terra Firma Hardscapes to build the show garden our readers have designed.
In our last vote our website readers had three design sketches, and choose Option B. The central focus of this design is a 15 x 20-ft. central stone patio using Montana Bronze Flagstone, bordered by a 15-ft. low wall of Montana Slate Ledgestone, all from Marenakos Rock Center.
A backdrop of large sheltering evergreens and deciduous trees provides shelter and privacy. The sides are bordered with plants mostly native to the Pacific Northwest (the plants were chosen in an earlier vote), including Mahonia x media nervosa, and M. media ‘Charity’, Vaccinium glauco-album, Helleborus ‘Merlin’, and H. ‘Silver Dollar’, along with Rhododendron sino-falconari and R. ‘Ebony Pearl’. A stone fountain along the flagstone walk offers a bubbly focal point.
Now you have a chance to be a garden designer! Brad Siebe, President and General Manager of Swansons Nursery and Lloyd Glasscock have chosen three trios of containers for the patio. Which do you think will best go with a garden using the chosen hardscape materials? Click here to vote!
CLICK HERE TO VOTE!
To vote, go to the voting page on our website. Every time you vote, give us your email address and you are automatically entered to win our “All That Jazz” grand prize – 2 nights lodging, 4 tickets to the show, $250 cash to spend at the show and more! ~ Janet