The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) is an international organization founded in 1989. Its mission is to advance the profession of landscape design and to promote the recognition of landscape designers as qualified and dedicated professionals. APLD members adhere to a code of professional standards, encourage continuing education and stay up to date on new developments and the latest trends. The APLD certification program—the only one of its kind—provides professional recognition to designers who successfully undergo a rigorous peer-review process. Professional designers can help consumers achieve the gardens they truly desire.
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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.