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I'm a landscape designer and garden writer based in Northern California. My design philosophy is simple: to create beautiful, sustainable gardens that fit my clients’ lifestyles. Here's my BIG news: 'Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces', written with co-author Rebecca Sweet, debuted in March 2011. I also write for garden magazines such as Fine Gardening.

I'm a social media NUT, and you can find me either here or on Twitter or Facebook for at least part of almost every day. Online, I'm a founding member of the Lawn Reform Coalition and the Garden Designers Roundtable.

Offline, I'm a Master Gardener and Bay-Friendly Qualified Design Professional, current and past member of various Board of Directors; in other words, I'm active in my own gardening community where I speak regularly on sustainable design principles. I also speak at nurseries, at garden shows and to garden clubs on garden design and vertical gardening, so if you're looking for a speaker, email me at OR visit to see my bio and those of other talented garden educators.

Despite the lengthy bio, I don't take myself too seriously on this blog. If an article catches your attention, leave a comment - and don't be surprised if I comment back.

Thanks for visiting! Susan


Designing, gardening, reading, writing, eating, drinking, talking and laughing.