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About the presenter: Richie Steffen

Richie Steffen is the curator for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden where he oversees the development of the garden, manages the rare plant collections and heads acquisition of new plants.

The Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden is the former home of Pendleton and Elisabeth Miller who purchased the five-acre piece of land north of Seattle on a bluff above Puget Sound in 1948. The garden is known for its exceptional collection of fine trees and shrubs in addition to an expansive collection of woodland herbaceous perennials. The site commands spectacular views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula, and offers unique microclimates for horticultural experimentation.

The highly maintained Miller Botanical Garden takes horticulture to a new level. Each planting provides interest to delight the eye all year long. As the seasons change, the highlights of one lead seamlessly into the next. The plant-rich displays continue in the excellent gardening traditions that Mrs. Miller insisted upon. The complex plantings and select plant materials are to encourage others to look beyond the ordinary and challenge their skills as gardeners.

Richie has been actively involved in the horticultural community. He currently serves on the board of the Hardy Fern Foundation as vice president and the Northwest Horticultural Society as vice-president, a member of the Oregon State University Ornamental Plant Breeding Advisory Council, and he oversees the Great Plant Picks educational program of the Miller garden.

An avid gardener, he maintains a small home garden where he constantly experiments with new plants and growing conditions. His collector’s garden is filled with rhododendrons, epimedium, alpines and, of course, ferns of all shapes and sizes.

He has traveled abroad to Britain, Turkey, Germany, Costa Rica, New Zealand and Chile giving him a great appreciation for the flora of the world and the richness of Northwest horticulture. Drawing from these varied experiences, Richie is always ready to share his enthusiasm for plants and the people who grow them.


Program Agenda

5:00p-6:00pm: Registration, networking, drinks and hors d’oeuvres 

6:00p:-7:00pm: Sponsor Presentations

7:00pm-8:00pm: “Plant Confidential: Meet Richie’s favorite plants you don’t know about”
Bonus: Preview of the new 2013 selections from Great Plant Picks

This meeting is being sponsored by donations from:
Oregon Association of Nurseries, Skagit Gardens, Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc., Crown Bees, Sun Gro Horticulutre Distribution.

*Cancellations must be received in writing on or before the due date.

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