Finally we’ve hit the sweet spot, January is more than halfway over and the garden shows are right around the corner. That means another gardening season is almost ready to be kicked-off, yippee!
Northwest Flower and Garden Show (Feb 8-12 in Seattle) and I’m excited to say I’ll be there again this year.
The week after that is the Yard Garden and Patio Show here in Portland (Feb 17-19)...
In Seattle you’ll have the opportunity to listen to Dan Hinkley talk about the survivors at his garden in Indianola, WA “High-Performance Plants That Outlasted Winter 2012-2011” or Kelly Dodson & Sue Milliken (of Far Reaches Farm) discuss shade gardens in their talk “Shade Gardens Rule! The Best & Most Unusual Plants for Shade.” If you’re there on the last day of the show, Sunday, you’ll have the opportunity to hear Debra Lee Baldwin share “Fresh Ideas with Succulents, Innovative Ways to Use Succulents in Home & Garden.” Click here for a link to the full schedule of Seminars at the Seattle NWFG Show. Buy your show tickets early (by Feb 7) and save $4 off the price you’d pay at the door!
Things get even better at the Portland show because you don’t have to buy a ticket to the show to attend the seminars, that’s right…they are free! Free! How cool is that? Of course you’ll want to attend the show at least one day ($12 admission) but you can come back for a seminar or two and it will cost you nothing. Click here for links to the full YG&P Show seminar schedule, and in case you’re curious here are a few of the highlights as I see them…
Sean Hogan (owner of Cistus Nursery) is speaking again this year and I’ll definitely be there for “What Plants Want” as “Sean looks at why we yearn for and need to grow so many different kinds of plants from divergent global locations and climates. He'll identify traits that help break plants down into categories and guide you in satisfying your plant lust, knowing how to locate and care for plants from far-flung places, keeping it simple, cost effective and intuitive” actually I feel like this one is just for me! He also talks about native plants and design in “Best and New Natives for Design” noting that “Native Plantings don't have to look like we're punishing ourselves”… it’s true!
Marty Wingate, the author of Landscaping for Privacy, will speak on that topic. Lucy Hardiman (principal of Perennial Partners, a garden collaborative group) will help to restore, reclaim and revision your garden in “Editing Your Garden: Time Marches On” she also gives you pointers on how to handle too many plants and not enough space (who has that problem?) in “From Sidewalk to Treetop: Making the Most of Your Space.”
Since I missed his earlier talk for the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon I am going to enjoy Paul Bonine’s (co-owner of Xera Plants) talk “The Ways of Weather in the Garden”… “a fascinating discussion of how weather affects the garden, as understanding our climate brings an important perspective on what plants to grow, where to grow them, and how to tend to them in relationship to weather. Tips from a geography buff on how to watch the weather to understand how it interacts with the garden.”
Finally Fred Weisensee (co-owner of Dancing Oaks Nursery) gives a talk entitled “Foliage Makes a Garden”… and I bet Fred brings plenty of images of the beautiful display gardens at Dancing Oaks. I’ll be part of a “sneak peek” tour before the YG&P Show opens so check back on Thursday the 16th for a preview of that show if you still need a little more encouragement to go…
Is there an early spring/late winter show where you live, or at least within driving distance? (I’ll be making a 3 hour trek to Seattle). Do you plan on going? What’s the highlight of the show for you?