Susan Martin

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Holland, Michigan 49424

Looking for a dynamic, knowledgeable and passionate speaker? Susan Martin is an avid gardener, writer and speaker for gardening audiences across the U.S. She is a perennial specialist with experience in communications, new plants and garden design.

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Susan is an expert on perennials, delivering her trademark "New Spin on Old Favorites" presentation to eager trade and home gardener audiences across the midwest and east coast.  She also speaks on the topics of garden design, perennial gold standards, and the formula for retail success.


In the words of those who have attended Susan’s talks…


  •   “I want to thank you for the great lecture you gave for the Association of Professional Gardeners. Lots of people give “new for this year” kind of talks, but most are just pretty pictures. Your talk gave us useful information about what is new, why it is better, and how to grow it. It was really enlightening to see the old and new photos side by side and your presentation was packed with ideas I can use in the future.”  --L. Jury, Meadowbrook Hall Garden Club


  •     “No one knows perennials better than Susan Martin. She knows what’s special about older varieties and what actually makes new varieties better. She is a respected professional in our industry and gives dynamic presentations to organizations that want to learn about plants and what’s new in the plant world.”  --J. Hofley, professional garden writer and speaker


  •     “Your talk was outstanding!  Excellent content and you are a great speaker. Both beginning and veteran gardeners can learn from your presentation.”  --E. Hofley, Publisher of Michigan Gardener


  •     “Excellent course!  It did not sound like a sales pitch like I’ve heard from so many other company representatives before.  Bring this speaker back next year!”  --Landscaper, Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course


  •     “Susan is a knowledgeable speaker who draws from a lifetime of gardening experience. She shares practical tips that home gardeners can put into action right away. The audience loves her sincere understanding of what is possible in the garden as her information comes from the heart and hands-on practice. Susan spoke at our Proven Winners Outdoor Living Extravaganza this year where she was on the docket with a garden celebrity, however, Susan was rated the favorite speaker of the day by our audience. I would highly recommend her for any speaking engagement.”  --D. Ernest, Former Proven Winners Public Relations Director


New Perennials - Updated annually to include the best new perennials for the year


New Spin on Old Favorites - Comparing new and old varieties of perennials side by side and discussing the improvements


Gold Standard Perennials - If you could only choose one purple coral bells, pink coneflower, or reblooming daylily, which is the best one?


Beauty by Design - Design principles are universal, whether you're talking gardening, fashion, or home decor. If you can dress yourself, you can dress your garden. 


Formula for Retail Success - Geared towards retailers, this presentation will help business owners gain increased market share from female customers and the next generation of gardeners.


Moving Beyond Pretty--Plants with Bonus Points - Let's look beyond the pretty flowers and discover unique varieties of plants that offer something extra like food for pollinators, greater durability, winter interest, vivid color in shade, and more.


Lessons Learned Under the Trees - A decade of gardening under the trees has taught Susan many lessons and ignited her passion for shade gardening. Find life beyond hostas in this beautiful, engaging presentation.


Holland, Michigan 49424

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Maggie from WI - 03/31/2017 13:01:10

Susan spoke at Garden Visions in Wausau, WI. Wow! She provided so much info, handouts were great, slides were amazing. I learned so much from her.

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Susan Martin is terrific!

Susan Thorpe from Grand Haven - 03/14/2017 10:23:20

Susan Martin was extremely knowledgeable and interesting as she talked on gardening in the shade at the March Garden Day in Grand Haven, MI. Later in the day she spoke again on Plants with Bonus Points and again very engaging and full of good ideas!

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Janice Nelson from Holland, Michigan - 03/13/2017 15:05:11

Susan Martin is a dynamic speaker. She had knowledge on shade plants and how to consider a plant by its bonus points. Both topics were valuable and entertaining. I especially enjoyed Moving Beyond Pretty--Plants with Bonus Points, since it highlighted categories not usually given. I went home to assess my garden color and design to favor shade, pollinators, and disease resistance,

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