Flower and garden show announces lineup

The 2016 Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle Feb. 17-21 will include speakers sharing their knowledge and “how-to” information in 100 hours of presentations, including 25 new speakers from throughout the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom.
The event at the Washington State Convention Center will also feature blooming gardens, diverse and unusual products offered by 350 vendors; and media personalities battling it out for their favorite charities in the Garden Wars.
The lineup of speakers and presenters will include:
• Display garden show Judges Chris Beardshaw, Tom Fischer and Brian Minter draw from their extensive knowledge on different topics in presentations at the show. Beardshaw, celebrated British designer, TV host and author, may change how you view and value plants and he’ll also show how the best gardens are those created by understanding nature’s conditions. Fischer, editor-in-chief at Timber Press and author of “Perennial Companions,” shares his learning curves with the Northwest’s huge plant choices and the exciting plant highlights exciting plant combinations that can be grown in both sunny and shady areas and gives tips on how to maintain them.
Minter, co-owner and president of Minter Country Garden in Chilliwack, B.C., shows how to reinvent the thrillers that bring the “wow” to containers and imparts his wisdom on the art of plant combination to extend the season of enjoyment.
• Linda Larson, blogger and author of “A Traveling Gardener,” celebrates the significance of trees in our world and shows us how our own gardens grow better with art. Dan Benarcik, horticulturist at Pennsylvania’s Chanticleer Garden and co-author, “The Art of Gardening: Chanticleer,” will introduce the renowned garden and its history and will share his five sound principles of design for home gardens.
• Karen Chapman, container garden designer, Le Jardinet, and co-author, “Fine Foliage,” will teach gardeners to squish with style to create professional looking and lush container gardens. The Northwest’s own Ciscoe Morris, radio and TV host, columnist and author of “Ask Ciscoe,” shares insights he has gleaned from gardens throughout the world and reveals spectacular and unusual plants that aren’t usually grown in the Pacific Northwest.
More information, including schedules and admission prices, is available at www.gardenshow.com/seminars.