Free Garden Seminars and Demonstrations
It’s that time of year – time to start thinking and planning about gardening – and there’s no better place to do that than the Yard, Garden and Patio Show. The show offers a plethora of free gardening seminars for you to choose from – and there is something for everyone no matter your skill or interest in gardening. Offerings include garden design, vegetable gardening, floral arranging, sustainable practices, plant selections new and familiar, and demonstrations on a wide-variety of topics.
One of the newcomers this year is Mary Ann Newcomer, a garden scribe, scout and speaker who hales from Boise, Idaho, presenting on Creating Beautiful Garden Tapestries. Another new speaker is Portlander Bob Hyland, who presents a demo on Easy Care Containers. Many fan favorites from the Seattle area return, such as Richie Steffen from the Elisabeth Miller Garden, Lorene Edwards Forkner who edits the Pacific Horticulture magazine, and Bill Thorness, who specializes in sharing vegetable garden tips and techniques. Sue Goetz, from Seattle, gives a presentation with her daughter, Courtney Goetz, on Same Dirt, Different Generation.
Many Portland garden gurus are included in the lineup, featuring Lucy Hardiman, Sean Hogan, Dan Heims, Linda Beutler, Glen Andresen, and Nicole Forbes, all experts in their area of gardening and willing and able to share their knowledge. Don’t miss the demo presentations…learn how to build a raised bed, grow your own herbal spa, fashion floral arrangements using seasonal cuttings, and how and why to build a bug habitat.
Many of the speakers are authors of gardening books so be sure to stop by the Flora and Fauna bookshop in the main lobby to pick up some great literature to help inspire your gardening efforts.