30 Jun Garden Show Welcomes New Social Media Manager
Courtney J. Goetz still remembers her first Northwest Flower & Garden Show. It was 2004, and she wasn’t simply attending the show along with 65,000 other avid gardeners — she was helping her mother, Gig Harbor garden designer Sue Goetz, install her first display garden that year.
The cacophony of sounds, the beehive-like activity and the heady smells of compost and fragrant flowers – pure organized chaos – made a real impression on Courtney. She loved the camaraderie with countless ‘plant people’ laboring for 72 intense hours to install fully-landscaped gardens. This was way better than summer camp. Her experience got her hooked on a future career in the horticulture industry. Nearly every year for the past ten years she’s returned to the show for move-in to help Sue or assist in some other way. She has, quite literally, grown up with the show.
In 2011 Courtney took on her very own display garden – for her high school senior project! “Paradise (to be) Regained,” was full of ‘upcycled’ items: short gabion columns filled with wine bottles and old radiators signaled the entry into the garden and drainage grates became a checkerboard patio with steppable plants. In the center of it all, an old shipping container became the perfect garden shed, topped by a greenhouse fashioned from old glass doors. Courtney’s garden earned her an “A” on her school project, a Gold Medal from the show judges, and the prestigious Sunset Western Living Award. It was a garden that showed what can be achieved by some creative ingenuity combined with dogged flea market shopping.
This past February Courtney teamed with her mom as a co-creator of another garden, “The Art of Retreat: Two Generations Define Their Own Garden Studios.” Two gardens, similar but different, sat side-by-side, each reflecting the designer’s individual style: one edgy and plugged-in (that would be Courtney), the other serenely botanical and unplugged (that would be Sue). It won a Gold Medal, the Fine Gardening Award, the Sunset Western Living Award and the American Horticultural Society Award.
Now Courtney has a new role at the garden show, as the voice behind #NWFGS on all the show’s social media: The Garden Show Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. She will not only bring a wonderful enthusiasm about the show, but she’ll be sharing stories about the show’s many designers, speakers, exhibitors and special features from a real insider’s perspective, keeping you up-to-date with show news as the anticipation builds.
Please join all of us on the Northwest Flower & Garden Show team welcoming Courtney as the new Social Media Manager. She’ll keep you connected with all of our planning (it’s already shaping up to be an amazing show!) and you might just win some free tickets too. Oh, and be sure to mark your calendars for February 11 – 15, 2015, as the Northwest Flower & Garden Show brings you . . . well, I’ll just let Courtney tell you all about our 2015 show theme in her first Garden Show Blog tomorrow. ~ Janet