Get ready for a shot of spring! I know the real spring is still a few months away but we got lucky. We have a winter reprise in the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Feb. 20-24. This year’s theme is “Gardens of the World”.
Newbies to the show usually spend most of the time in awe of the display gardens and deafened by the cacophony of excited gardeners winding their way through aisles of plants, garden art and trending garden supplies. 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. It’s another world. Take some time off to listen to expert gardeners, many of them new authors, who have found ways to share garden passions through books like…
“Creating Sanctuary” by Jessi Bloom
Speaking of relaxation…”Creating Sanctuary”(Timber Press, $24.95) proposes that we all need our own sacred spaces. We need quiet places for unwinding and self-healing. Author Bloom is a Holistic garden expert. She describes ways to garden that focus on the well being of the gardener…garden havens and meaningful garden rituals included.
Saturday, Rainier Room, 11:45, “Sacred Space Design”
“Peony” by David C. Michener and Carol Adelman
They know what they’re talking about! Carol Adelman and her husband own Adelman Peony Gardens (Salem, OR), Michener is rejuvenating the largest public collection of historic herbaceous peonies in North America. “Peonies” (Timber Press, $27.95) gives a little history, explains plant growth, and describes how to show them off in the garden and best of all, 150 pages of beautiful and tempting peony blooms. Carol Ade
Rainier Room, Friday, 2:15, “Growing Gorgeous Peonies” by Carol Edelman
“Gardening Under Lights” by Leslie F. Halleck
My how things have changed…the subheading of “Gardening Under Lights “(Timber Press, $29.95) is “The Latest Tools and Techniques for Growing Seedlings, Orchids, Cannabis, Succulents and more”. It’s all about indoor gardening…whatever the crop.
Hood Room, Saturday,, 11:15, “Gardening Under Lights: Grow Food Year Round Under Lights”
“Hot Color, Dry Garden”by Nan Sterman
“Hot Color, Dry Garden”: Inspiring Designs and Vibrant Plants for the Waterwise Garden (Timber Press, $24.95) is an intensive introduction to identifying and using drought tolerant plants.
Each listed plant has all the information you’ll need, including lowest and highest tolerated temperatures and soil type.
Even here in the rainy South Sound, we need plants that can survive our dry summers.
Hood Room, Thursday, February 21, 1:45
“Gardenlust” by Christopher Woods
Christopher Woods had a personal quest…find the world’s most beautiful contemporary gardens. He settled on 50 and traveled for 3 years to find them. “Gardenlust: A Botanical Tour of the World’s Best New Gardens” (Timber Press, $40) is the perfect book for this year’s NWFGS theme., “Gardens of the World”. “Gardenlust” is a 400 page dream book. It answers the question. What crazy things are going on in modern gardens in the rest of the world? Don’t miss this one…good slides!
Rainier Room, Friday,1p.m.
All author speakers round out their talks with book signings.