Paradise (to be) Regained…borrowing Thoreau

Green quote of the day:  "A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but waste is a terrific thing to mind." - "The Green Book" by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen      So here's the background on my garden.     I have attended the Northwest Flower and Garden show since 2003, but my first true…

In the Garden with Courtney

Well then, let's get to it! Hi there, I'm Courtney Goetz. I'm a seventeen year old senior attending Gig Harbor High School, and as you know, a display garden designer this year at the Northwest Flower and Garden show. I think the best way to introduce myself is telling you how I got into gardening.…

Choose Joy!

Choose Joy! For those of you who know Courtney, you also know what she has been through for the past two years. In April 2009, this vibrant, normal healthy teenager doubled over in pain. A pain radiating from her stomach that she would describe as swallowing nails or someone cutting her open. We could only…

2011 Northwest Flower and Garden show designer

It has been interesting…the questions about the Northwest Flower and Garden show. Who is Courtney Goetz, garden designer? Here is your introduction She is my 17-year-old daughter. She has two older sisters who had already started school when she was born, so she was my sidekick when I had a small garden business in Idaho.…

Reading the Garden

I am often asked this time of year; what would be a good garden book for gifting. As my mind wandered to this latest inquiry, my thoughts also strayed to one of those annoying advertising strips that flit across the computer screen.  Electronic books are the hottest thing this Christmas…or at least that is what…

Leafy memories and lazy composting

As I was pumping gas today staring off into the distance, I realized how annoyed I was by a landscape company’s incessant buzzing sound as they were cleaning up the parking lot. I looked towards the noise wondering what they were doing. Methodically, and must I say quite artistically, a man was blowing swirls of…