APLDWA Featured Designer

October - December 2018

Sue Goetz

The Creative Gardener

Natural Wildlife Pond in Steilacoom, WA

I had worked on this client’s front landscape and years later they called me to design for a challenging spot in their back landscape. This large sloping yard had a natural ponding area at the lower end of the property. The homeowners love to invite wildlife and yet the pond was basically an unattractive muck hole that became a large pond in the rainy season. Rather than fight the watershed, we created a natural space where the water can collect and wildlife can gather. Timing of construction during late summer was important as we needed to have machinery to set the rocks in the area when it was at its driest. The area was excavated to enlarge the space, large boulders were strategically placed, and a berm was created along the back to help direct the water and prevent it from forming a lake in the natural area beyond the pond. A variety of plants that thrive in moist soils were added, and logs from the property were re-purposed to give the space a very natural look.


A view of the pond before construction


Pond excavation and the addition of boulders and logs during the dry season


The pond area ready for planting


A year later (1)


A year later (2)

Outdoor Patio Renovation in Gig Harbor

I love a good landscape renovation. This client’s garden has great “bones” and lots of elements that reflect the client’s passion for gardening. The large brick patio in the back garden needed repair and I really wanted to work around the large trees and existing water feature. The crew carefully protected the existing tree roots and replaced the old brick patio. We enlarged the patio space, and created a more useful and inviting area for outdoor entertaining.

This garden was recently featured on the cover and in an article in ‘West Sound Home’ and ‘Garden Magazine’.


The old brick back patio in need of repair


Area where special care was needed to protect the existing plants, large cherry tree and water feature


Adjusting the patio layout to protect the existing cherry tree’s roots


After (1)


After (2)


A renewed and beautiful outdoor living space

Sue Goetz is an award-winning garden designer, writer, and speaker. Through her business ‘The Creative Gardener’ and as staff designer with Father Nature Landscapes, she works with clients to personalize outdoor spaces - from garden coaching to full landscape design. Her design work has earned gold medals at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and specialty awards including; the Sunset Magazine award, the Fine Gardening magazine award and The American Horticultural Society Award.

Writing and speaking are other ways Sue shares her love of the garden. Her motto “inspiring gardeners to create” defines her talks and hands-on workshops with how -to's and ways to simply inspire creativity in and out of the garden. She is the author of two herb books: ‘A Taste for Herbs’ (January 2019) and ‘The Herb Lover’s Spa Book’ (January 2015)

She 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 nationwide. Sue is a member of Garden Writers of America and APLD and her writing has appeared in numerous publications including the Tacoma News Tribune, Seattle Met, APLD Designer magazine, Pacific Horticulture Magazine, and Fine Gardening Magazine.

Sue has also been one of the featured artists at the APLDWA’s “4 Muses” art exhibit at the Miller Library in Seattle, a presenter of an APLD workshop, and contributing writer for the APLD ‘Designer’ magazine.

The Creative Gardner

thecreativegardener.com
info@thecreativegardener.com
PO Box 2404
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 265-2209
Facebook.com/CreativeGardener
Pinterest: Sue Goetz
Instagram: creativegardener
Twitter: @gardenersue
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Environmental Construction

Gold Sponsors
All City Fence
Bartlett Tree Experts
Camden Gardens
Ragen & Associates

Silver Sponsors
Architerra Designs
Castohn
Mutual Materials
Northwest Nurseries
Terris Draheim

Bronze Sponsor
Pritchard Websites

Previously Featured Designers
2018
Christie Coxley
CSquared Urban Garden Design
Tom Barrett
Environmental Construction, Inc
Susan Ryan
Gardendigs

2017
Phil Wood
Phil Wood Garden Design
Deborah Cheadle
Deborah Cheadle Design
Pam Roy
Planscapes Landscape Design
Laura Kleppe
Gardenworkz, Landscape Design

2016
Leanne Goulding
Terra Design
Linda Fraser-Zimmer, CPH
Landscapes by Linda
Susan Harrison
of Private Gardens Design, Inc.

2015
Heidi Skievaski
of Sublime Garden Design
Alan Burke, ASLA
of Classic Nursery & Landscape Company
Virginia Hand
of Virginia Hand Design
Kat & Tim King
of Land2c Landscape Architecture

2014
Katie Weber
of Katie Weber Landscape Design
Octavia Chambliss
of Octavia Chambliss Garden Design
Susie Thompson, APLD
of Susie Landscape Designs LLC

2013
Lisa Port, APLD
of Banyon Tree Design Studio
Daniel Lowery, APLD
of Queen Anne Gardens LLC
Vanessa Gardner Nagel, APLD
of Seasons Garden Design, LLC

2012
Tina Nyce, FAPLD
of Nyce Gardens