Sue Goetz CPH, EcoPro—Owner, Creative Gardener and author, Complete Container Herb Gardening and A Taste for Herbs
Sue Goetz is an award-winning garden designer, writer, and speaker. She is the author of three books: Complete Container Herb Gardening (Cool Springs Press, 2020), A Taste for Herbs (St. Lynn's Press,
2019), and The Herb Lover's Spa Book (St. Lynn's Press, 2015). Through her business, Creative Gardener, she works with clients to personalize outdoor space, from garden coaching to complete landscape design.
Sue is also staff designer at Watson's Nursery in Puyallup, WA. Her garden design work has earned Gold medals at the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival and specialty awards, including the Sunset Magazine award, Fine Gardening magazine award, and The American Horticultural Society Award. Writing and speaking are other ways Sue shares her love of gardening. Her motto "inspiring gardeners to create" defines her talks, hands-on workshops and ways to inspire creativity in and
out of the garden. Sue has been named Educator of the Year by the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association and shares her love of the garden and herb growing with talks featured all over the U.S. Her work has appeared in numerous publications,
including APLD Designer, Pacific Horticulture and Fine Gardening magazines. www.thecreativegardener.com
Once again we’ve lined up leading garden designers and writers 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, Sue Goetz and Lorene Edwards Forkner will each create three 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!
Wednesday, Feb 9 at 11:30 am / Main Stage in North Hall
A Taste for Herbs
Infuse, blend, mix, season, and capture the flavor of herbs from your garden. Create herb vinegars, syrups, dried seasoning mixes, salt rubs for grilling, and more. Make flavor mixes from the garden to infuse cocktails and tea with syrups and add zing
to greens and salads with vinegar and oils. Sue will inspire you with growing, harvesting, and delicious, healthful recipes—all using herbs from your garden. Come for a show and smell!
Wednesday, Feb 9 at 3:15 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow
GARDEN 101: Bold, Beautiful and Bountiful Containers
Potted Herb Gardens for Health and Wellness
Container gardens are perfect for the space-challenged gardener or anyone who wants a bold expression in the garden. Learn from the pros to avoid making expensive mistakes and get great results. Cindy Funes will cover how to select containers,
essential tools, soil basics, plant selection, design principles and color theory, showing you the best in Northwest container design. Next, Deborah Trickett will convince you that flowers aren’t needed for lush, colorful, easy-care
foliage containers that pack a punch and show off your personal style. From the basics of foliage color, texture and contrast to design ideas to great plant selections, you’ll be saying “Look Ma, No Flowers!” this summer. Finally,
Sue Goetz shows you how potted herbs can create a feast of flavorings to place near outdoor kitchens, medicinal herbs for mini healing gardens, tea herbs in a sanctuary space, or aromatherapy with fragrant plants near outdoor seating
Sunday, Feb 13 at 2:00 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow