Free Garden Seminars and Demonstrations
March right in and attend some of the free seminars and demonstrations offered at the Yard, Garden and Patio Show. There are many options to choose from and something for everyone no matter your level of skill or interest in gardening. Offerings include garden design, vegetable gardening, sustainable practices, plant selections – from annuals to shrubs to perennials, and demonstrations on exciting garden features.
Billy Goodnick, California landscape architect, author, and educator, presents two entertaining seminars: Crimes Against Horticulture and Design Like a Pro: Demystifying the Art of Garden Design. Other guests from outside the Portland area include Nicholas Staddon, from Monrovia, presenting Rooted in the City: Urban Farming, Sue Goetz, Seattle garden designer and writer, giving tips and ideas on growing your own herbal spa, and Riz Reyes, garden designer and plantsman from Washington state, presenting on summer bulbs and also giving a demo entitled Exploring Sensory Elements in the Winter Garden.
Closer to home, many Oregonians share their wealth of information on a wide variety of subjects, from Dan Heims of Terra Nova speaking about plants that earn their keep, to Dennis' 7 Dees Nicole Forbes with tips and secrets for growing tomatoes, to Alissa Hartman and Dreya Mancini of Seed Garden Designs sharing information on incorporating permaculture, edibles, and medicinals in the home garden. Many perennial favorites return, including Sean Hogan, Lucy Hardiman, Mike Darcy, Linda Beutler, and Maurice Horn.
But there's more! Demonstrations include planting succulents, designing a water feature, building a raised bed and vegetable gardening in containers. Don't miss the two panels, presented by experts, on sharing ideas and techniques to mimic easy care and self-supporting natural systems, and a spirited look at the importance of bird, bees, and bugs in the garden.
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.