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Sue Goetz

Garden designer, owner of Creative Gardener and author, The Herb Lovers Spa Book

Sue Goetz, CPH is a garden designer, writer, and speaker. Through her business Creative Gardener she works with clients to personalize outdoor spaces, from garden coaching to full landscape design. Sue is also lead designer on staff with Father Nature Landscapes in Tacoma, Washington. Her design work has earned gold medals at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and specialty awards including; the Sunset Magazine award, the Fine Gardening magazine award and the American Horticultural Society award. Sue has a passion for herbs; teaching about gardening and how to use their enchanting qualities. She shares that passion as author of the book, The Herb Lover’s Spa Book (St. Lynn’s Press, 2015). The book is filled with lush photos and information for creating sanctuary spaces, plus a compendium of herbs to grow and over 45 recipes to create scrubs, lotions, oils and more. In 2012, she received the Educator of the Year by the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Seattle Met, APLD Designer, Pacific Horticulture Magazine, West Sound Home and Garden and Fine Gardening.


Container Wars

Inspired by our hugely popular “Garden Wars,” we’re taking the battle to container gardening, perfect for patios, decks and balconies. Drawing from identical plant materials, Sue Goetz will ‘compete’ against Karen Chapman as they each create 3 gorgeous containers—all in under an hour! Working against the clock, and with fun “challenges” thrown at them by Master of Ceremonies Marianne Binetti, see how Sue pulls together plants and shares her tips for designing luscious container gardens.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 11:00 am / Garden Wars Arena

Garden 101: Don’t Let Moving Scare the Plants Out of You!

Get Set: Making it Theirs and Making it Yours

Selling a beloved garden or buying a new home and garden can be overwhelming. Whether you’re up-sizing, downsizing or buying your first home, don’t forget the garden! Robin Haglund helps you make wise choices as you say good-bye to your garden, and hello to your new garden. Sue Goetz next shares advice for prepping your old garden for sale, and how to make your new garden truly yours. Finally Christina Salwitz shares the right questions to ask about your future landscape and how it can fit with your goals for both maintenance and enjoyment.

Wednesday, Feb 22 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Seasonings from the Garden

Discover how to capture the rich flavors of herbs. This mouth-watering seminar will show you how to create herb vinegars, syrups, dried seasoning mixes, salt rubs for grilling, and much more. Learn to make flavor mixes from the garden to infuse cocktails and tea with syrups, add zing to greens and salads with vinegars and oils. Sue will cover growing, harvesting and recipes—all using a bouquet of easy herbs from your garden.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow