April 6, 2012

Don't Miss our Trio of Spring Programs!

Saturday April 7, 2012
1 p.m.  Education Center
How to Grow Warm Season Crops in Cooler Climates
Willi Galloway

Some Like It Hot: How to Grow Warm Season Crops in the Cool Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest has a long frost-free season, but our temperate summers make growing warm season crops like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and basil a challenge. In this lecture Willi will discuss strategies for getting your best harvest ever, including how to warm up the soil earlier in spring and how to build a hoop house. She’ll also discuss the pros and cons of different season extension tools like cloches, Wall-O-Waters and cold frames and offer detailed growing plans for the most popular warm season vegetables. You’ll also learn the best tasting and most productive vegetable varieties for our region.

Willi Galloway is an award winning writer and radio commentator who lives and gardens in Portland, Oregon. Her first book Grow. Cook. Eat: A Food Lover’s Guide to Kitchen Gardening was first published in January 2012. She writes about kitchen gardening and seasonal cooking on her popular blog, DigginFood and pens the weekly column, The Gardener, on Apartment Therapy’s Re-Nest blog. Each Tuesday morning, Willi offers vegetable gardening advice on Seattle’s popular NPR call-in show, Greendays. She also teaches a joint gardening and cooking class with chef Matthew Dillon at the Corson Building in Seattle and hosts an online garden to table cooking show, Grow. Cook. Eat., with her husband, Jon. Willi was the West Coast Editor of Organic Gardening magazine from 2003 to 2009. 

Saturday May 12, 2012
1 p.m.  Education Center
"Garden Gems"
Dan Heims

Dan has been exposed to more plants, in more places “than your average bear”. This talk is a fun compilation of some of the newest, most exciting perennials, tropicals, and woodies seen today. Dan pulls together these plants from world-wide trips, botanical gardens, plant shows, and nurseries. Satisfy the nerd within!

For 34 years, Dan Heims has been deeply involved in all facets of horticulture. He is currently the president of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc., a company noted for its new introductions to horticulture.  Dan’s articles and photography have been featured in a number of magazines. He has taught horticulture courses, wholesaled exotic plants, and run his own design and build landscape business.  He has hosted a weekly gardening show on radio (KKSN) and has appeared on U.S. (HGTV) and British television (BBC).  Dan’s garden and work has been featured in USA Today, Forbes, Better Homes and Gardens, Sunset Magazine, and Organic Gardening.  

     His job description dictates that he must “travel the world and seek the newest perennials”. Terra Nova’s breeding programs have produced many international gold and silver medal winners and an astounding 600 new plants to horticulture.  Dan uses his unique blend of knowledge and humor as he speaks  around the United States, in Japan, England, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Tasmania, Australia, and Canada. 

     Dan has written a book of horticultural humor called The Garden Clerk’s Dictionary  ( www.hortmedia.com ) and Heucheras and Heucherellas with Grahame Ware of British Columbia, now out by Timber Press ( www.timberpress.com ).

Saturday May 19, 2012
1 p.m.   Education Center
Garden Up! Vertical Gardening
Rebecca Sweet

Garden Up! Vertical Gardening Techniques for Small and Large Spaces
Vertical gardening is the latest, most talked about garden trend. Whether you’re interested in edibles, ornamentals or a little of both, taking advantage of vertical spaces is an easy way to take your garden to the next level. Filled with inspiring photos and innovative approaches,  Rebecca’s presentation will highlight a range of vertical gardening ideas, from vegetable towers made of recycled PVC pipes to stunning succulent walls.

Rebecca Sweet is the owner of Harmony In The Garden, located in Northern California. Rebecca’s signature ‘Garden Fusion’ style blends her clients’ personal desires with regionally appropriate plants. Her gardens have been featured in Fine Gardening Magazine, Horticulture Magazine, Women’s Day Magazine, American Gardener, and Country Almanac as well as regional newspapers and publications.

In addition to designing gardens, Rebecca is also a featured columnist for Horticulture Magazine, a contributing author for Fine Gardening Magazine, and writes design-focused articles for Fiskars.  Rebecca contributes content to online garden sites as well, including Fine Gardening Online and Real Simple Online and is a founding member of the Garden Designer’s Roundtable. It’s easy to get to know Rebecca better – chat with her on Facebook, Twitter or leave a comment on her blog Gossip In The Garden.
Follow Rebecca on Twitter @SweetRebecca
Read Rebecca’s blog at www.gossipinthegarden.com
View her design portfolio at www.harmonyinthegarden.com