Interior Plant Design: Houseplants and Countertop Gardens

2019 Show Information

Houseplants aren’t a new trend; they were huge in the ‘70’s. Many people recall them as their “gateway plants” to a larger love of gardening. But they have shed their hippie vibe and are re-emerging as a trend as more people live in smaller spaces or high-rise apartments with no place for a garden. Working people are finding that houseplants fill a nurturing need for getting in touch with nature.

Indoor plants are easy to care for (no daily walks needed!), many require little watering and feeding, and they adapt well to vertical wall spaces for tiny apartments. Even better, many plants have brightly colored foliage or beautiful variegation. Well-placed houseplants are the perfect finishing touch to add personality to your living spaces.

Our new Interior Plant Design seminars will help make sure you and your plants get started out right. Understanding your lighting conditions, and what a plant’s growing requirement are, are key to success. And once you’ve got your plant décor just right, it’s time to shine on Instagram and show off your “plant parent” creds!

The Seminars by Category are listed in chronological order. Each of the seminars listed below will tell you the speaker name, seminar topic, seminar description, date, time, seminar location and if there is a book signing afterwards.

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Anyone Can Play With Houseplants

Baylor Chapman—Plant designer, owner, Lila B Design and author, Decorating with Plants and The Plant Recipe Book

Ideas on how to create plant displays for more than a temporary touch. Go beyond the plant in a pot, drawing inspiration from cultures around the globe as Baylor Chapman inspires you to rethink plant design. Shedding light on traditional techniques like kokedama and contemporary skills like vertical gardens, she’ll teach how to put a twist on plant arrangements, leaving you with a plethora of concepts for beautiful plant designs for any occasion.

Friday, Feb 22 at 11:45 am / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Look, No Soil: Easy Hydroponic and Aquaponic Gardens on Your Countertop

Shelley Levis—Horticulturist, radio show host, garden writer and author, Countertop Gardens

If you think you need a garden filled with dirt to grow your own food or flowers, think again! This seminar will explore the many soilless indoor growing methods using hydroponic and aquaponic devices. There are countertop units that match one’s décor and add beauty through hydroponically grown edible flowers or a fish tank that grows microgreens. Both commercially available products and simple DIY projects will be covered. Discover how one square foot of countertop space can grow food indoors!

Friday, Feb 22 at 5:45 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

GARDEN 101: Houseplants—The New Gardening Obsession

Houseplants are good for your health! They not only offer a calming influence on your mood, they freshen the air and help eliminate toxins. This series is for the obsessed houseplant owner as well as for newbies. Lisa Eldred Steinkopf, the Houseplant Guru, will help you ascertain which light exposure you have and which plants will grow in those exposures. Melinda Myers will help you select the right plant for your indoor growing conditions, interior design and busy schedule. And designer Baylor Chapman will share plants to portray your unique personality and style, how plants influence our well-being; and inspire you with the art of design, using plant attributes, vessels and space. There is a houseplant (or 5, 10 or 20…) for every apartment or home! Melinda’s appearance sponsored by Gardener’s Supply Company.

Saturday, Feb 23 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow


  • Houseplant Success: The Facts of Light
    Lisa Eldred Steinkopf—The Houseplant Guru and author, The Complete Guide for Indoor Plants

  • Tips for Indoor Gardening Success
    Melinda Myers—Award-winning author of 20 books, radio/TV host and nationally recognized garden expert

  • The Power of Houseplants
    Baylor Chapman—Plant designer, owner, Lila B Design and author, Decorating with Plants and The Plant Recipe Book

Cultivating Your Green Thumb Indoors with Houseplants

Lisa Eldred Steinkopf—The Houseplant Guru and author, The Complete Guide for Indoor Plants

This seminar covers every aspect of growing houseplants. Take-home ideas will include tricks to improve the light you have, the correct potting medium to use and the best container to choose for the plant. Re-potting, up-potting and watering the correct way will also be covered. Want more plants? Propagation will be covered, as well. This seminar is for the beginner as well as the seasoned houseplant grower.

Sunday, Feb 24 at 11:15 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

No Soil Required: Get Started Growing Beautiful, Easy Orchids

Joe Grienauer—Orchid expert and owner, Emerald City Orchids and 2019 Show Garden Co-Creator

Joe will help you get orchids that you treasure with this great hands-on demonstration. He’ll cover basic orchid background, care, fertilization, and pest/disease control. He’ll review greenhouse vs. window vs. artificial light growing techniques, how to initiate flowers on a healthy plant, and which orchids are best for newbies. He’ll also demo the all-important orchid repotting. Even brown thumbs can grow orchids if you learn the basic techniques, and Joe is just the person to get you started!

Sunday, Feb 24 at 11:45 am / DIY Stage

Gardening Under Lights: Gear & Growing Techniques for the Indoor Garden

Leslie F. Halleck—Author, Gardening Under Lights and consultant and owner, Halleck Horticultural

Indoor gardening and grow lighting technology for home gardeners is exploding. If you’re struggling to keep your succulents alive, orchids blooming, harvest kitchen herbs, or grow food indoors, grow lights are usually your solution. Choosing the right grow lights for the right plants can be an overwhelming task. Leslie will cover current trends, modern indoor growing technology, the gear you need, and techniques for growing more plants indoors.

Sunday, Feb 24 at 1:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

From One to Many: Propagating Heirloom Houseplants

Melinda Myers—Award-winning author of 20 books, radio/TV host and nationally recognized garden expert

Do you want more houseplants but can’t stretch your budget? It’s free and easy to get more plants when you learn how to expand your plant collection or pass along family heirlooms from a leaf, stem, layer or division. You can take leaf and stem cuttings from ivies, inch plants and many more, or start new plants from just a leaf of an African Violet, snake plant or jade plant! Learn how to divide overgrown peace lilies, ferns, or asparagus ferns into several new plants. Melinda’s appearance sponsored by Gardener’s Supply Company.

Sunday, Feb 24 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow