Susan Goetz

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P.O.Box 2404 Tacoma, Washington 98335

Award winning garden designer, speaker and author of The Herb Lover's Spa Book and A Taste for Herbs. Her motto "...inspiring gardeners to create!" defines her talks and workshops. Fun, informative and creative!

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My business grew out of a desire to inspire people grow and use gardens with a creative eye. In 2004, my garden coaching, design, lectures, and freelance writing became a full-time business named Creative Gardener. I know people have many opportunities to learn how to garden, but to inspire by what plants and design can truly do to make a garden their own is what drives the work I do. I enjoy watching that evolution from being a gardener who buys plants to being a gardener who creates a garden. 

 Sue Goetz is a garden designer, writer and speaker. Author of  The Herb Lover's Spa Book.  Through her business Creative Gardener, she works with clients to personalize outdoor spaces; from garden coaching the small seasonal tasks to full landscape design projects. Her garden design work has earned gold medals at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and the Point Defiance Flower and Garden show as well as the Fine Gardening magazine “Best Design” award. Sue was also noted as one of the top 50 garden designers in Northwest Home and Garden Magazine (March issue 2005 and 2007).   She loves the outreach side of her work including freelance writing, a self-published newsletter, horticulture classes, public speaking engagements and workshops. Sue is certified as a professional horticulturalist (CPH) with the Washington State Nursery Association, a Northwest Horticultural Society board member and a member of the Garden Writers of America.


Now scheduling workshops and seminars base on The Herb Lover's Spa Book

The Herb Lover’s Spa Garden: Take an intermission from the stress of the day in your own garden! Surround, Grow, Create! Sanctuary in the garden can be as simple as seating in the midst of a woodland or a private outdoor bath. Surround yourself with aromatic plants and comfortable living spaces to fill your senses with an at-home spa experience. Based on the book- The Herb Lovers Spa Book- published by St. Lynn’s Press,

Grow Your Own Herb Spa: Grow healing and aromatic herbs to create hand blended spa products. Easy tips and ideas to make fresh potions for spa treatments. Peppermint foot scrub, sensual sugar scrubs, powders, fragrant mists and more. Learn the nurturing attributes of herbs, how to grow and use them. Come for show and smell! Based on the book- The Herb Lovers Spa Book- published by St. Lynn’s Press,

Other examples of seminars:

Herbs by Design  using them in the garden to create with or ornamentallly to landscape with.

Herbs, to see, to smell, to taste   A sensory discovery in the herb garden. Learn theme garden for fragrance, culinary, healing and more. Get to know the top ten favorite herbs as well as the many ways to grow and use them.  Show and tell creative bath blends, teas, wreaths and more.

In Love with Lavender  Discover the many facets of growing and using lavender. Grow a fragrant garden of lavender. Get to know the best varieties to grow. Plus ideas for cooking, crafting, culinary, household and skin care.  Harvesting, preserving and recipes; everything to make you fall in love with lavender

No Fear Garden Design  A beginners guide and creative approach to designing a garden. Practical tips to get the process going successfully. Don’t just create a landscape; plant a garden with texture, dimension and longevity. Easy ideas to incorporate the practical aspects. Create the garden you have always dreamed of.

Mixology of the Garden Border  Garden Borders from dull...to drama! Step by step tips to success with blending evergreens, shrubs & perennials for all seasons of interest. Creation, planting, care and upkeep tips to make it all your own. Look at your exsiitng border and see what is missing.

Water Wisdom in the Garden  Every garden needs water...it is all in how we use it, save it, and design to use less of it! Design tips and timely ideas for beauty and longevity.

Fool-Proof Perennials   What really defines a “fool proof” perennial?  These are the perennials we can depend on season after season. The ones that do not make crazy fools of us and our gardening habits, but just do a great job in the garden. Good varieties that get better every year. Here is a list of favorites that meet some specific criteria that get them on the list. 

More Topics to choose from!  Feel free to inquire about my list of class descriptions with over 25 topics to choose from.  Your suggestions for new or personalized topics…always welcome! Visit my speaking page on the web for more.



Sue lives and gardens in the Pacific Northwest and offers speaking engagements all over the country.

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