garden design speaker
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 venues include the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, the Ruth Bancroft Garden and the Naples Botanical Garden in Florida. She presents on a range of subjects, but her most popular topics are on small-space design strategies and vertical gardening.

TOPICSThe Less is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard

Attention, space-challenged gardeners! Based on Susan’s newest book, the less is more approach to garden design was created specifically to address the realities small to-average sized backyards present. From learning a novel technique that will help you determine the best ways to invest your budget, to strategies for creating spaciousness to suggestions for high-performing, problem-solving plants, you will learn how less space and effort can result in more beauty and enjoyment.


Design Solutions for Small Spaces

How do you make a small garden seem larger? Is it possible to be cozy, without being cramped? Susan has been solving problems like these for her clients for years. In this presentation, she’s gathered the most often-asked questions and design challenges encountered in her practice, and shares the solutions for a range of small-space dilemmas. Geared towards both small-space gardeners and those with intimate areas tucked into larger gardens, Susan includes from-the-ground up solutions, as well as simple, budget-friendly touches that can be implemented immediately. Featuring inspiring photographs and step-by-step garden makeovers, this presentation will leave you with a wealth of new ideas.


Designing with Ornamental Grasses and Ground Covers

Ornamental grasses and ground covers are fast becoming the workhorses of the well-designed garden. Based on articles written for Fine Gardening Susan Morrison shares some of her favorite choices for California gardens, as well as design strategies on purposefully using ground covers and grasses to solve garden dilemmas like erosion control, hot dry sites, lawn alternatives and more.


garden up presentation slides Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces

More than just living walls, vertical gardening techniques can be used to turn ordinary fences into focal points, disguise eyesores – even grow vegetables! Susan presents highlights and images from her best-selling book, Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces. She’ll also provide an overview of some of the systems available for adding a touch of living art to any garden plan.



“Susan is a veteran speaker at garden shows and not only is she whip-smart about her various topics, she has a wicked sense of humor.” Organizers, Boise Flower and Garden Show

“Not only was Susan knowledgeable, energized, and extremely interesting, she impressed 82 Master Gardeners with her presentation on Vertical Gardens. In turn, there was a standing ovation for her.” -Pat Voss UCCE Seminar Committee from Napa, California

“Susan’s program for our club was really wonderful. I am still hearing from members as to how much they enjoyed and learned from her presentation.” Linda, Naples Garden Club, Florida

“Susan was professional, knowledgeable, and so delightful. It was a joy to have her speak to our membership. It is our good fortune to have such a local ‘treasure’ available to speak at our general meeting.” Jan Formanek, Orinda Garden Club, California

“Susan’s presentation was informative, entertaining and smoothly done. The pictures were superb and she explained both the pros and cons of Gardening Up. One of the best speakers I have heard.” Ken Williams, Master Gardener, California


Interested in booking a talk? Susan looks forward to sharing her passion for garden design with your group! These are the details in brief, but please call or email to create a program appropriate for your organization.

Presentations are generally one hour (45 minutes plus Q & A) and Susan will do a book signing before or after. For slide shows, a screen and a microphone is required. If your group is local to the Bay Area and does not have a projector, Susan can provide one. For the present, Susan is doing power point presentations rather than demonstrations.


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