Events

I love to share my passion for gardening with others and offer presentations to garden clubs, nurseries, horticultural societies, trade organizations and garden shows across the country. I also host a limited number of workshops and events in my own garden during the year.

How to Book a Seminar or Workshop

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in a presentation for your garden club or association. You may also download my latest speakers one sheet with suggestions for topics.

Unique, inspirational KEYNOTE ADDRESSES are also available and can be tailored to your audience.

Reviews

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2019 Events

 

 

 

Lake Forest Park Garden Club, Lake Forest Park, WA

Tuesday May 14th (10.30-11.30am)

Creating Captivating Gardens– learn how to create a sense of mystery and intrigue in your garden using light, movement, portals and much more. Using examples gleaned from my recent coast to coast travels, I will offer a plethora of ideas for injecting a little magic into the landscape. Power Point and book signing.

Evergreen Arboretum Society, Everett, WA

Saturday May 18th (1-2pm)

Foliage First: 3 easy steps to transform your container and landscape designs

PowerPoint and book signing

Lake Washington Garden Club, Seattle, WA

Tuesday May 21st (~1pm)

Foliage First: 3 easy steps to transform your container and landscape designs

Power Point and book signing

 

Gardening with Ciscoe, KIRO radio

Saturday July 20th (noon-1pm)

Let's talk deer, plants, and more! Call in with your questions.

 

 

The peeling mahogany bark of a paperbark maple tree is a focal point within a border of deer-resistant shrubs and perennialsProfessional Training Workshops, Duvall, WA

Tuesday July 23rd (Two sessions to choose from: 9am-noon OR 1.30pm-4.30pm)

8 Key Steps to Designing a Deer-Resistant Garden: Learn time-tested strategies, tips, and design tricks to enable you to create the Pinterest-worthy landscapes your clients dream of without resorting to regular spraying or fencing.

PowerPoint and walk-and-talk tour of my personal 5-acre garden followed by Q&A and book signing. Co-hosted by WSNLA. DETAILS AND REGISTER HERE.

My Garden Nursery, Bellingham, WA

Saturday July 27th (11am-noon)

Deer-Resistant Drama.

Learn how to create a beautiful fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer. Discover the importance of a strong design, non-edible focal points, and be inspired by plant combinations that you will love but the deer won't. Power Point and book signing

 

Deer-Resistant Design: fence free gardens that thrive despite the deer. Book cover. Timber Press 2019Duvall Nursery at the Hardware Store, Duvall, WA

Saturday September 14th (10.30am-1.30pm)

Book Launch Event: Creating Deer-Resistant Drama

Talks, door prizes, special discounts, refreshments, book signing and more. Includes 11-11.30am Deer-Resistant Landscape Design & 12.20-1pm Deer-Resistant Fall Container Design. Join us!

 

Molbak's Garden and Home, Woodinville, WA

Sunday, September 15th (11am-noon)

Deer-Resistant Drama

Learn how to create a beautiful fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer. Discover the importance of a strong design, non-edible focal points, and be inspired by plant combinations that you will love but the deer won't. Power Point and book signing

Red Dragon corkscrew hazel in front of Arkansas blue star in fallTerrain, Glen Mills, PA

Saturday September 21st (11am-12.30pm) and (2-3.30pm)

Deer-Resistant Drama – creating a fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer Tickets

Foliage First – learn 3 key steps to transform your gardens and containers from frumpy to fabulous Tickets

 

A tapestry of foliage textures in the fall garden

United States Botanic Garden, Washington DC

Sunday September 22nd (10.30-11.45am) and (2pm-3.30pm)

Foliage and Focal Points – Designs and ideas for budgets of all sizes

Deer-Resistant Drama – creating a fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer

Old Fashioned smoke bush has glaucous foliage with purple tints

Landscape Designer's Group, Washington DC

Monday September 23rd (7-8pm)

Deer-Resistant Drama – creating a fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer.

PowerPoint and Book signing

Trilogy Garden Club, Redmond, WA

Wednesday October 2nd (7pm-8pm)

Deer-Resistant Drama

Learn how to create a beautiful fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer. Discover the importance of a strong design, non-edible focal points, and be inspired by combinations that you'll love but the deer won't. PowerPoint followed by the opportunity to purchase signed copies of my much-anticipated new book Deer-Resistant Design (Timber Press, 2019)

Puget Sound Dahlia Assoc., Bellevue, WA

Thursday October 17th (7.45-8.45pm)

The Squish Factor: Designing Abundant Containers.

Glean inspiration for putting the pizzazz back in your pots whether your preferred style is contemporary, whimsical, romantic or truly bodacious! PowerPoint and book signing

 

Skyline Garden Club, Anacortes, WA

Monday October 21st (1.30-2.30pm)

Deer-Resistant Drama

Learn how to create a beautiful fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer. Discover the importance of a strong design, non-edible focal points, and be inspired by plant combinations that you will love but the deer won't. Power Point and book signing

Pine Lake Garden Club, WA 

Wednesday November 13th (10-11am)

Deer-Resistant Drama. Learn how to create a beautiful fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer. Discover the importance of a strong design, non-edible focal points, and be inspired by plant combinations that you will love but the deer won't.

Power Point and book signing

Petal Pushers. Lakewold Gardens, WA

Tuesday November 19th (1-2pm)

Foliage & Focal Points – ideas for gardens and budgets of all sizes

PowerPoint & book signing

 

Birchwood Garden Club, Bellingham, WA

Wednesday December 4th (7-8pm) – note revised date

Deer-Resistant Drama. Learn how to create a beautiful fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer. Discover the importance of a strong design, non-edible focal points, and be inspired by plant combinations that you will love but the deer won't.

Power Point and book signing

2020 Events

 

Home Gardener Day, Norfolk Botanical Garden, VA

Monday January 13th (11.25-12.20pm)

Foliage First: learn 3 key steps to transform your containers and landscapes from frumpy to fabulous

Power Point and book signing. Details and registration

 

MAHSC, Norfolk Botanical Garden. VA

Tuesday January 14th (9.30-10.30am)

Creating captivating Gardens: learn how to create a sense of mystery and intrigue in your garden.

PowerPoint and book signing. Details and registration

 

MAHSC, Norfolk Botanical Garden, VA

Wednesday January 15th (11am-12 noon)

8 Key Steps to Designing a Deer-Resistant Garden

PowerPoint and book signing. Details and registration

 

Edmonds Floretum Garden Club, WA

Monday January 27th (11am-noon)

Foliage & Focal Points: ideas for gardens and budgets of all sizes

PowerPoint and Book signing

 

Dwarf Arizona corkbark fir, Ruby Vase Persian ironwood, Ogon spirea and grassesJeffCo Master Gardener Yard & Garden Lecture Series, Port Townsend, WA

Saturday February 1st (10am-noon)

Designing with Foliage First: The professional way to create outstanding containers, focal points, and vignettes.

PowerPoint and book signing

 

Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Seattle, WA

Saturday February 29th (1.00pm-2.00pm)

8 Key Steps to Designing a Fence-Free, Deer-Resistant Garden

PowerPoint and Book signing

 

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County, NJ

Saturday March 14th (time TBD)

Foliage & Focal Points – ideas for gardens and budgets of all sizes (including a few deer-resistant strategies!)

PowerPoint and book signing

Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County Symposium, Spokane, WA

Sunday March 21st (noon-12.40pm and 2.14-3.15pm)

KEYNOTE: Creating Captivating Gardens

BREAKOUT SESSION (Design): Deer-Resistant Drama

 

Flotsam and Jetsam Garden Club of Hansville, WA

Wednesday April 8th (10.45-11.45am)

Creating Captivating Gardens – learn how to create a sense of mystery and intrigue in your garden using light, movement, portals and much more. Using examples gleaned from my recent coast to coast travels (and beyond), I will offer a plethora of ideas for injecting a little magic into the landscape.

 

Iowa Arboretum, Iowa

Saturday April 18th (10.30-11.30am and 1.15-2.15pm)

Deer-Resistant Drama – creating a fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer

Foliage & Focal Points – ideas for budgets and gardens of all sizes

 

Secchia Garden Lecture, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI 

Tuesday April 21st (7pm -8.15pm)

Foliage First – 3 easy steps to transform your landscape and container designs

PowerPoint and book signing

 

Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI 

Wednesday April 22nd (10.30am-11.30am)

Deer-Resistant Drama – Learn time-and taste-tested design strategies, tips, and tricks that will help you create a beautiful fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer.

PowerPoint and book signing

 

Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI 

Wednesday April 22nd (2pm-3.30pm)

The Squish Factor – Designing abundant Containers

Discover how to create big, bold, and bodacious designs every time – including tips for deer-resistant combinations. PowerPoint, show-and-tell of some of my favorite Proven Winners container candidates and book signing

Mrs. Moon lungwortOzaukee Master Gardeners, Milwaukee, WI

Thursday April 23rd (7-8pm)

Deer-Resistant Drama – Learn time-and taste-tested design strategies, tips, and tricks that will help you create a beautiful fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer.

PowerPoint and book signing

 

English letter boxGarden Tour, England

May 30th-June 12th

Secret Gardens, Iconic Estates and Medieval Tales of Yorkshire and Derbyshire

Join us for a unique small-group tour of "our England".