Janet was born and raised in California, moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1978. After working for a decade as a respiratory therapist she returned to school at the University of Washington for a degree in Public Communication, which launched a career in healthcare marketing and PR management for many years. She left work when her daughter was born, and her gardening addiction blossomed. Soon she became a volunteer leader in horticulture organizations, chairing the Pacific Northwest Gardens Competition for ten years and serving on the board of the Arboretum Foundation. She also served as Open Gardens chair, Hardy Plant Study Weekend chair and president of the Northwest Perennial Alliance. In 2005 she joined the garden show as the Seminar Manager, continuing in that role with Marketplace Events team in 2018. She loves working with leading garden writers, horticulturists, designers and nursery owners across the nation, bringing so many ‘must-see’ speakers to our avid show attendees. She only wishes she could actually sit through an entire seminar, but running the seminars means constantly being on the go. In 2010 she took on the added job as the show’s first Social Media Manager, which she held for three years, and she also manages the judging of the show’s display gardens.
Janet’s Mill Creek garden was featured by Val Easton in the Seattle Times in 2004 but as her time at the computer cut into her gardening time, she’s renovated her garden for lower maintenance with easier-care plants loved by birds and bees. If she had to choose a favorite plant it would be the magnificent Kousa dogwood in her rear garden, a white cloud of blossoms for six weeks in June she can enjoy from her second story home office window. She lives with her husband, Mike (whose favorite ‘garden’ tool is a 7-iron) and her daughter Peyton, a recent WWU grad. She loves yoga, reading, gardening, baking, and taking a daily sanity break walking through the nearby nature preserve with Katie, her Golden Retriever. She also (secretly) loves Husky football, despite being surrounded by a sea of Cougars.