UPCOMING SPEAKING EVENTS:
Mar 22nd & 23rd 2012 THUR/FRI “What the Cluck?! Part I & II Hosted by the 2012 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show Believe it or not – chickens can be trained, just like other pets. Jessica Bloom, teaches you how to share your own garden with your feathered egg-producing friends. Learn how to create a garden that integrates chickens and utilizes their many strengths which are beneficial to gardeners. Book signing to follow
April. 14th 2012 9am-noon “Sustainable Garden Design” Bastyr University Our landscapes and gardens can offer a wealth of benefits if designed and managed well: nutritious food grown for us and for wildlife, shelter and even bioremediation. We will look at our gardens as an ecosystem and explore the ways to make your space more sustainable. What that entails: building healthy soils, good design and planning, as well as proper maintenance strategies to make less work for you and while preserving our natural resources. We will walk through the design process and how to choose plants and prioritize for your space and look at examples of beautiful working examples of sustainable landscapes for inspiration. After taking this class you will have the tools to begin a journey towards making your own garden more sustainable.
April. 18th 2012 6-8pm “Sustainable Gardening” Hosted by the City of Mill Creek Our landscapes and gardens can offer a wealth of benefits if designed and managed well: nutritious food grown for us and for wildlife, shelter and even bioremediation. We will look at our gardens as an ecosystem and explore the ways to make your space more sustainable. What that entails: building healthy soils, good design and planning, as well as proper maintenance strategies to make less work for you and while preserving our natural resources.
May. 8th 2012 Thurs Hosted By the Redmond Garden Club – Private Residence Chickens in the garden
May. 10th 2012 Thurs “What the Cluck?! Part I: Introduction to keeping chickens in your garden” Hosted by Brookside Gardens Maryland Believe it or not – chickens can be trained, just like other pets. Jessica Bloom, teaches you how to share your own garden with your feathered egg-producing friends. Learn how to create a garden that integrates chickens and utilizes their many strengths which are beneficial to gardeners. Book signing to follow
June 2-3rd 2012 Sat/Sun ‘Chickens in the garden’ Mother Earth News Fair Hosted By the Mother Earth News – Puyallup WA
Mar. 3rd 2012 9am-noon “Sustainable Living: Keeping Chickens in Your Backyard” Bastyr University Discover the wonderful attributes of the most sustainable pet you can own – chickens! Not only can you collect the most delicious eggs available fresh from your backyard, but the birds can also aid in garden chores and enrich your soil to make your garden healthier and more productive. Before getting started with your own micro-flock it is good to learn about the many options you have, from housing to breeds, and how to integrate them into your life and backyard. After taking this workshop you will have all the basics you need to start your own flock!
Feb. 10th 2012 Fri “What the Cluck?! Part I: Introduction to keeping chickens in your garden” 3:15pm Hood Room Hosted by the 2012 Northwest Flower and Garden Show If you have ever thought about keeping chickens, or you DO keep chickens but want to solve some common problems, this is a must-see seminar for you. Join award-winning designer Jessica Bloom as she gets you started on the road to successful chicken keeping. Book signing to follow
Feb. 11th 2012 Sat “What the Cluck?! Part II: Great plant choices for gardening with chickens” 1:30pm Hood Room Hosted by the 2012 Northwest Flower and Garden Show This is a “great chicken plant picks”! Come and learn about the Top 10 must-have plants that you and your chickens will love! Book signing to follow
Feb. 4th 2012 Sat ‘Keeping chickens in your backyard’ 10am Hosted by Sno-Isle Libraries Location: Brier Library Discover the wonderful benefits of the most sustainable pet you can own — chickens! Collect fresh eggs and enrich your soil. Jessi Bloom, author of “Free-Range Chicken Gardens,” will teach you about breeds, housing, and how to integrate them into your life and backyard.Book signing to follow
December 14th 2011 “The Fundementals of Permaculture Design” 9-4pm Hosted by WSNLA in Renton WA, Registration Info Here. Instructed with Dave Boehnlien of Terra Phoenix Design . At this point permaculture is fast becoming a buzzword in the fields of green building and design. But what is it? In a nutshell, permaculture is a design process, much like architecture or engineering, in that it provides a framework for achieving a goal or solving a problem. However, permaculture design inherently focuses on solving problems within the context of ecological health, providing for human needs, and building resiliency. Therefore, you can use the permaculture design process to create more “sustainable” buildings, landscapes, and social systems. Permaculture can be equally applied to a rural farmstead, an urban lot, a city park, an apartment complex, or a bowling alley. In all cases permaculture’s “applied common sense” approach will help you meet client goals while acting as stewards of the earth. What’s more, it’s a lot of fun! Join us while we spend a day exploring the permaculture design basics! We’ll get into permaculture definitions, ethics & principles as well as looking at some of the tools permaculturists use to create functional, integrated designs. We will also look at some examples of permaculture systems in action and showcase some “All-Star” permaculture plants for the Pacific Northwest. Finally, we’ll crack out the pens and paper and put some of this new information into practice with a design scenario. This session is intended to pique your interest and get you excited to learn more about the permaculture design system and explore how it fits into your business and life. You will walk away with a better understanding of permaculture design and a variety of resources that you can use to kick start your permaculture education.
November 8th 2011 “Managing a Natural Yard” noon-2pm Hosted by Snohomish County Natural Yard Care (Master Gardener Training Program) at the WSU Snohomish County Extension, Cougar Room, 600 128th St SE, Everett WA
Nov. 12th 2011 9am-noon “Rain Wise Gardening” Bastyr University Discover the many ways to manage and utilize rainwater on your property while bringing beauty to your landscape. Be compelled to disconnect your downspouts and build up your soil so that stormwater infiltrates the landscape rather than allowing it to carry pollutants into our natural waterways. Explore the ins and outs of rain garden design (including how to select plants for your site), and view photos of rain gardens and bioswales that were designed to be highly effective as well as gorgeous. Learn about water collection systems and the many different options, from cisterns to bladders. See examples of permeable pavement options, and discuss the value of using them instead of traditional impervious materials. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to incorporate many inexpensive, sustainable methods into your own yard as you do your part in saving our planet’s precious resource. Registration Info Here
Oct. 5th 2011 “Sustainable Garden Design” 7-8pm Hosted by the City of Renton at the Highland Community Center Registration info here From low-maintenance gardens to edibles, this class will cover strategies to grow a self-sufficient garden. Learn how to work with factors in your yard such as light, soil, and water to design and plant a healthy, nourished landscape. Award-winning landscape designer and horticulturist Jessi Bloom is a Timber Press author and owner of N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes. Learn from Jessi how to design self-sufficient, pesticide-free garden spaces that are safe for families and pets to enjoy.
Oct. 5-6th 2011 “Professional Rain Garden Workshop” 9:30-4:30pm Hosted by WSU Kitsap Extension located at the Norm Dicks Building. Jessi will be presenting from 11-12:30 on the 6th and talking about Costs and Installations - labor, materials and equipment.
September 24, 10-11am “Living & Gardening with Deer” Hosted by Molbaks: Join Jessi as she shares insight on deer behavior, the different barriers available, and smart plant choices for great, deer-resistant garden designs. Hear which plants deer find irresistible and which trees, shrubs, perennials, and grasses are less tempting. Be inspired by images of fantastic gardens which are also deer-resistant.
March 11, 2011 Friday “Sustainability That Works! Landscapes in Transition” Hosted by:Lake Washington Technical College Environmental Horticulture program Location: LWTC West Building Auditorium Sponsored by: Keep It Simple, , ROSE (Redmond Organization for Shared Environments), Sustainable Redmond, and COOL (Coalition of Organic Landscape Professionals) Stimulating “down to earth” information on the future of working with landscapes, provided in an active and interactive seminar. Jessica will be one of the panelists, sharing her experiences and what works in the field for her design/build company. More information at: www.gardeningwithmicrobes.com
Feb. 26th 2011 Sat “What the Cluck?! Gardening with chickens” 5pm Rainier Room Hosted by the 2011 Northwest Flower and Garden Show Believe it or not – chickens can be trained, just like other pets. Jessica Bloom, designer the 2010 show garden, “A Family’s Little Farm in the City,” winner of the People’s Choice Award along with 5 other awards, teaches you how to share your own garden with your feathered egg-producing friends. Learn how to create a garden that integrates chickens and utilizes their many strengths which are beneficial to gardeners.
Feb 25th 2011 Friday “Have your garden and eat it too! ~ Design strategies to maximize space function and Resources” 5:15pm Hosted by the 2011 Northwest Flower and Garden Show Designer Jessica Bloom’s 2010 award-winning show garden, “A Family’s Little Farm in the City,” demonstrated how to maximize the potential of a small urban space to provide food and play for a family. Her inspiring “urban homestead” won 5 major awards at the show, Including the People’s Choice Award, for its creative use of space and inventive ways to include chickens, goats, edible landscaping, conservation, outdoor living and much more. Now she shares her design strategies so you too can create a garden that helps you live sustainable – and beautifully – in the city or a small suburban plot. Think you can’t have it all in a small space? Think again! Jessica shows you how to set priorities and squeeze it all in so you can have your own little farm, no matter where you live.
Jan. 13 2011 Landscapes Outside the Box Design Inspiration from Context and Constraint 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Hosted by APLD – WA Chapter at the Center for Urban Horticulture, NHS Hall, Seattle, WA. Jessica Bloom will be a panelist during the symposium, who will share creative ways that her designs have reached beyond the limits of what we think of as the typical landscape design process.
Oct. 19th, 2010 “Sustainable Landscapes” 6pm – 7:30pmHosted by NW Eco-Building Guild and Seattle Parks “Greening your House” at the Meadowbrook Community Center 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125 Learn how to transform your existing landscape to become more sustainable with landscape professional Jessica Bloom who has lead an environmentally responsible landscape design/build firm for over 10 years
Oct. 16th 2010 “RainWise Gardens” 10:30am -11:30am Hosted by the City of Renton at the Renton Community Center Download Flier Learn to manage and utilize stormwater on your property while bringing beauty to your landscape. Landscape designer and horticulturist Jessica Bloom is the owner of N.W Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes. Jessica has received numerous awards for environmental and horticultural work done in our region, including 7 at the recent 2010 NW Flower and Garden Show as well as the Governors Award for Sustainable Practices from the Dept of Ecology. Come listen to Jessica share her expertise and discuss rain gardens, cisterns, and other methods to celebrate the rain!