The Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle is Feb. 20-24. Newbies to the show usually spend most of the time in awe of the display gardens. They may be missing out on the best part of the show — the seminars.
Once you attend a few times and know the drill, you realize what a colossal treat it is to go down the escalator to the quiet and relaxing domain of garden seminars. Take some time to listen to expert gardeners — many of them new authors — who have found ways to share garden passions through books. Bring your copy; they usually sign them! Here are a few authors we are excited about meeting:
Hot Color, Dry Garden
by Nan Sterman
“Hot Color, Dry” (Timber Press, $24.95) is an intensive introduction to identifying and using drought-tolerant plants. Even here in the rainy South Sound, we need plants that can survive dry summers. See Nan Sterman at 1:45 p.m. Thursday in the Hood Room.
by Christopher Woods
Christopher Woods had a personal quest — find the world’s most beautiful contemporary gardens. He settled on 50 and traveled for three years to find them. “Gardenlust” (Timber Press, $40) is the perfect book for this year’s NWFGS theme, “Gardens of the World.” See Christopher Woods on Friday at 1 p.m. in the Rainier Room.
by David C. Michener and Carol Adelman
Carol Adelman and her husband own Adelman Peony Gardens in Salem, Ore. Michener is rejuvenating the largest public collection of historic herbaceous peonies in North America. “Peony” (Timber Press, $27.95) is 150 pages of beautiful information. See Carol Adelman at 2:15 p.m. Friday in the Rainier Room.
Gardening Under Lights
by Leslie F. Halleck
Gardening Under Lights” (Timber Press, $29.95) helps you grow everything from orchids to cannabis. See Leslie F. Halleck Saturday at 11:15 a.m. in the Hood Room.
by Jessi Bloom
“Creating Sanctuary” (Timber Press, $24.95) proposes that we all need our own sacred spaces. A holistic garden expert, Jessi Bloom describes ways to focus on the well-being of the gardener, creating garden havens, and meaningful garden rituals. See her at 11:45 a.m. Saturday in the Rainier Room.