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From the Ground & Up

From the Ground & Up

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Franklin Pierce Highschool


Key Note Speaker: Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor is a freelance garden educator and author of the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide, 2nd ed. and Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals. She is passionate about teaching people of all ages how to grow their own food. She has been teaching big and small people to garden organically and hold worms since 1994. She is a Master Composter and a pioneer of children’s gardening. Lisa developed her garden educator chops at Seattle Tilth (now Tilth Alliance), where she developed and managed the Education and Children’s Garden Programs for two decades.

She is passionate about teaching everyone where their food comes from and how to care for living things as a pathway to peace. Lisa has dedicated her teaching career to making big changes in the world through the simple act of sharing what she knows about edible organic gardening. Her garden programs provide unique and hands-on experiences that introduce students of all ages to edible plants, worms, healthy eating, seed saving and other wonders of an organic garden.

​For Lisa, eating is the main reason for growing plants.​

GARDEN WITH LISA – Garden with Lisa Home

Sue Goetz is a garden designer, writer and speaker. Through her garden design business, Creative Gardener, she works with clients, personalizing garden spaces from the seasonal tasks to the design of large projects. Sue’s garden design work has earned gold medals at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, the Sunset Magazine Western Living award, Fine Gardening best design award and the American Horticultural Society Environmental award. Her home garden was featured in Northwest Home & Garden magazine, as well as Country Gardens magazine.

Sue is certified as a professional horticulturalist (CPH) with the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association (WSNLA), Eco Pro Certified, current president of Association of Professional Landscape Designers Washington Chapter (APLD), a member of the Northwest Horticultural Society and a member of GardenComm.


Sue Goetz Website

Key Note Speaker: Sue Goetz


8-8:35a Check-in and Welcome

8:40-9:40a Keynote Sue Goetz – Tips, techniques, and design inspiration to change, revise and manage a garden!


Todd Murray – Good Bugs In Your Backyard
Mary Dessel – Creating Native Bees Habitat Gardens
Sam Maupin – Great Gardeners Love Vegetable Gardens
Courtney Johnson – Just Like a Tree


Scott Vergara – DND: Not Dungeons & Dragons. But Diseases and Diagnostics of Plants
Bob Zimmermann – “Not Your Grandfather’s (or Grandmother’s ) Rhododendrons ” –
Mara Grey – Less Water, More Blooms
Del Brummet – Propagation: From Seed & Spore & Cuttings

12-12:30p Bring your own Lunch

12:40-1:45p Keynote Lisa Taylor – Tending an edible landscape leads to healthier eating and better health for people and the environment.

1:45-2:15p Break

2:15-3:30p Off-site classes/tours

Franklin Pierce Community Garden –
Lakewold Garden –
Garden Walk and Landscape Critique – Scott Vergara
Weed Walk and Identifying Weeds – Jim Kropf