So many speakers, so little time, all free-of-charge with admission to the show....Managing your time and energy becomes such a challenge at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, opening Wednesday at the Washington State Convention Center.....but we all need to sit down sometimes, take a break from the show floor, and feed our brains with the knowledge and humor of some of the best garden speakers on the planet, yes?
To help you sort through the offerings, I cornered Seminar and Social Media Manager Janet Endsley and asked her advice on how to pick and choose from the banquet she's prepared for us. Check out the day-by-day show schedule for all times/dates/rooms
"The Garden-to-Table demonstrations are new - there'll be two every day," enthuses Janet. She recommends Erica Strauss (left), chef, urban homesteader, and author of the blog Northwest Edible Life, who will be talking about how to preserve food so you can eat local even in winter. And Diane Morgan from Portland, speaking about her new book on root vegetables. Which grow best in our climate? How do you deal with rutabagas?
Also on the DIY stage are Amy Stewart mixing up botanical cocktails ("The Backyard Bartender") and Graham Kerr cooking an omelet with fresh ingredients from the garden.
The everything-old-is-new again resurgence of houseplants is celebrated with Tovah Martin talking about her beautiful and practical new book (see my review here) and Arthur Lee Jacobson sharing all he's learned about edible houseplants, his new research enthusiasm.
The big judges, coming from Vancouver (Tom Hobbs), England (Rosemary Alexander) and the digital gardening magazine world of Leaf (Susan Cohen, who in 3-dimensional world lives in New Jersey), will each give several talks.
A highlight will be nursery owner Tom Hobbs talking about his move from a finely curated and manicured Vancouver BC garden to a broader-stroke country garden, at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the Rainier Room: "Is Your Cake Baked? Mine Was! Starting Over with a Country Garden". Trust me, it'll be lively.
And I hope you'll stay on to hear me talk as part of a panel on Indispensable Plants - my topic is how bulbs have been the savior of my postage-stamped sized garden... easy-care, fragrant, glorious flowers that take up so few resources and such little space...11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Rainier Room - hope to see you there.