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Gardening in Small Spaces

  • Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Avenue Albany, CA, 94706 United States (map)


Susan’s enthusiasm and love of design are key to her success as a designer –
she believes that the collaboration between an inspired homeowner and a professional designer ensures spectacular results for even the simplest of projects. Her designs have been featured in various publications, including the San Francisco ChronicleContra Costa TimesFine Gardening and Cottages and Bungalows.

Recognizing that landscape design requires more than just plant selection, Susan maintains an ongoing commitment to education. She holds a certification in garden design from UC Berkeley extension and became a Bay Friendly Qualified Designer in 2008. She regularly attends classes through the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and has received advanced training in a range of design specialties, including lighting design, firescaping and graphics techniques.

Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UC Riverside.


Susan is the author of The Less is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard, which debuted as the number one best seller in garden design on Amazon in February 2018. She is also the co-author of Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces,  an Amazon “Best Books of 2011” selection.

As technology has created new ways for gardeners to share and learn from each other, Susan has embraced new publishing formats. Her ebook, Everyday Feng Shui A Plant Lover’s Guide to Garden Design (On Your Own Design), debuted as the number one bestseller in the garden design category on Amazon.

In addition to her own publications, Susan has written on design and plant selection for Fine Gardening  since 2009. She often provides quotes and insights to other industry publications, including The American Gardener, Garden Design and newspapers across the country.


A popular and in-demand speaker, Susan speaks frequently in  the Bay Area and across the country to garden clubs, botanical gardens and master gardener groups. Past Bay Area venues include the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, the Ruth Bancroft Garden and Annie’s Annuals.

A nationally recognized expert on small-space design, she has spoken at garden shows and symposiums around the country on this topic, including the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, the Boise Flower and Garden Show and the Pro-Green Expo in Denver, as well as appearing as an expert guest on the groundbreaking television show Growing a Greener World on an episode devoted to small space gardening. Visit Susan’s page at Great Garden Speakers to read audience reviews.

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