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Susan Morrison

Landscape designer and author, The Less is More Garden and Garden Up!

Author of The Less is More Garden: Big Ideas for Your Small Yard, to be released by Timber Press in February 2018. She is also co-author of the best-selling Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces (Cool Springs Press, 2011), California landscape designer and Susan Morrison is a nationally recognized authority on small-sized outdoor spaces. In addition to writing articles and presenting talks on the topic to garden enthusiasts all over the country, she has shared small-garden strategies on the ground-breaking PBS series “Growing a Greener World TV.” Susan’s designs have been featured in various publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Cottages and Bungalows and Fine Gardening, where she also contributes articles on design and plant selection. In 2015 during her two-year appointment as editor-in-chief of APLD’s The Designer, the digital magazine was awarded a Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley garden design extension program, Susan is a believer in life-long education and community service. Locally, she maintains an active volunteer status as a Master Gardener, and serves on the ReScape California Advisory Committee.


GARDEN 101: Gardening in Small Spaces

The Less is More Garden

Do you have a small, awkward backyard? Unsightly views of neighbors? A side yard filled with everyday clutter? Or perhaps you are in a new home on a very small lot. These are all opportunities! Join 3 leading designers, Lucy Hardiman, Rebecca Sweet and Susan Morrison, to learn how to address the realities that small backyards present. Join them and learn strategies to create spaciousness, with fabulous before-and-after looks at design solutions anyone can do. No matter your style, you’re sure to leave excited to transform this final frontier of your garden.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Container Wars

Back by popular demand, we’ve lined up leading designers to “battle it out” in our highly acclaimed “Container Wars.” Containers can go virtually anywhere—patios, decks and balconies or even in the garden! Drawing from identical plant materials, two of the SF Bay Area’s leading designers and authors (and best friends!) Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet will ‘compete’ 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 they pull together plants and share their tips for designing luscious container gardens. Learning about plants has never been so fun!

Saturday, Feb 10 at 11:00 am / Designer’s Arena

The Less is More Garden: Big Ideas for Your Small Yard

Attention, space-challenged gardeners! The less is more approach to garden design was created specifically to address the realities small to-average sized backyards present. From learning a novel technique that will help you determine the best ways to invest your budget, to strategies for creating spaciousness to suggestions for high-performing, problem-solving plants, you will learn how less space and effort can result in more beauty and enjoyment.

Saturday, Feb 10 at 3:00 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow