Susan Morrison

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Concord, CA 94518

Susan Morrison is a landscape designer & expert on small-space design. Author of The Less is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard (January 2018) and co-author of the best-seller Garden Up! She also contributes to Fine Gardening.

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Susan Morrison is a landscape designer, garden writer and Master Gardener based in Northern California. Author of The Less is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard and co-author of Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces, Susan is a nationally recognized authority on small space garden design. She has written on the topic for publications such as Fine Gardening magazine, Better Homes and Gardens online and has appeared on the ground breaking PBS series Growing a Greener World.

Susan speaks to garden clubs, conferences and flower and garden shows locally in the Bay Area and selectively in other parts of the country on vertical gardening, small space design strategies, vertical gardening and planting design. Her informative and photo-fueled talks entertain gardeners of all levels.


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

Attention, space challenged gardeners! 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.


Be Your Own Designer - Secrets from the Pros

Landscape designer and author Susan Morrison takes the most valuable ideas she’s developed through years of client consultations and distills them down into easily actionable advice. She’ll share the important design step that should never be skipped, planting strategies that make low-water gardens shine in every season, and the “garden essentials” she includes in every design, all illustrated with real-life garden makeovers and inspiring photographs. Susan’s advice will help you see your garden with fresh eyes, whether you are planning a major landscape renovation, or looking for a few simple ideas to take your current garden to a new level.


Designing with Ornamental Grasses and Ground Covers

Inspired by her Fine Gardening magazine cover article, this talk shows how to best use these garden workhorses. Susan shares someof her favorite choices for warm climate garden, as well as design strategies on purposefully using ground covers and grasses to solve garden dilemmas like erosion control, lawn alternatives and more.


Design Solutions for Small Spaces

How do you make a small garden seem larger? Is it possible to be cozy without being cramped? Garden designer and best selling author Susan Morrison has been solving problems like these for her clients for years. Susan has 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's presentation includes "from the ground up" solutions as well as simple, budget-friendly touches that can be implemented immediately. Featuringinspiring photograhs and step-by-step garden makeovers, this presentation will leave you with a wealth of ideas.


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.


Based in the Bay Area of Northern California
Speaks throughout the United States

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  • The Less is More Garden
  • The Less is More Garden presentation
  • Designing with Ornamental Grasses and Ground Covers
  • Design Solutions for Small Spaces

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Something Different

Amy Lazar from Fenton, MI - 03/02/2021 20:27:00

Susan's presentation on backyard design was wonderful. She is an interesting and very knowledgeable speaker. Also, her photos beautifully illustrated her concepts. I have watched several gardening presentations over the last year and Susan's was definitely something unique and extremely helpful.

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Gardening in Small Spaces

Janet Pease from Orinda, CA 94563 - 09/20/2020 17:00:58

Susan's Zoom presentation was excellent. Her comments concerning the photos she was showing were helpful and entertaining.

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The Less is More Garden

Judy Ryan from Pleasant Hill, CA - 01/15/2018 20:56:10

Susan is a very engaging speaker with wonderful garden design ideas demonstrated by beautiful slides. I look forward to her new book coming out in February 2018.

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