Sue Dickson, Designer, Horticulturist, Owner
I have been steeped in the regional horticultural community since completing my Garden Design and Horticulture degree from Edmonds Community College in 2002. Through that training and as owner of the Artful Garden since 2004, I have had the good fortune to be mentored by others, learning from designers, plant collectors, arborists and garden writers. In turn, I pride myself in mentoring others by developing a talented team and sharing my approach and expertise in the maintenance division of my company.
As the Seattle area grows, spending time in the natural world becomes more and more of a primary need for all of us. My goal as a landscape designer is to bring that natural beauty home to my clients, whether it is through naturalistic, formal or native plantings, set within clean lines, using the quality materials and local craftsmanship.
Cassandra Lieffers, Maintenance Manager, Horticulturist
I am originally from Michigan where I grew up loving the outdoors and began to develop an interest in growing my own food. I earned my degree in Sustainable Foods and BioEnergy from Montana State University in 2016, where I continued to develop and hone those skills in its beautiful countryside. I moved to Washington in the Spring of 2018 where I could work outside in the field year-round. I am proud to work for a local company that is dedicated to the skilled art of gardening and doing it in the most natural way possible.
Una Roberts, Office Coordinator, fill-in Horticulturist
Growing up in Tacoma, I was constantly surrounded by a large family of small business owners with strong work ethics and perseverance at a very young age. This influenced a long career in food and hospitality management where I immersed myself in every position I could in order to have the best understanding of all the aspects that go into managing different business
operations. Sue puts so much into providing knowledge and resources to help us be successful and encourages us to grow. I am grateful to be part of a team of like-minded creative professionals that take pride in their work at a small business that reminds me of home.
Alexa Brooks, Design Assistant, Horticulturist
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I fell in love with the beauty of the landscape. At a young age it distilled in me the importance of land preservation and the responsibility we each have as citizens to protect such a gift. Through my agricultural and non-profit endeavors I grew the desire to pursue a job that could have a longer lasting, positive effect on people, in the hope that they will carry on the same ideology of respecting the land they dwell in. I found all of that and more when I discovered the Artful Garden.
Stephanie Healow, Assistant Maintenance Manager, Horticulturist
I adapted my appreciation for symbiotic systems in social services to the horticultural field in 2016 as a residential landscaper. I gained knowledge-based pruning practices through Plant Amnesty courses at the University of Washington Horticultural Center, fellow gardeners’ practices and the Seattle local legend, Cass Turnball’s “Guide to Pruning.” In 2019, I attended an Introduction to Permaculture course at Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island and further pursued the values of permacultural design and practice in Central America. I returned to Seattle excited to apply my insights into interconnected growing styles and permaculture values at the Artful Garden.
Joan Laage, Horticulturist
My decision to become a gardener came while I was moving dirt around, trying to sculpt our backyard after a house remodel. I realized that I really enjoyed the physical labor and have a great need to spend copious hours outside. Working with Artful Garden off and on for many years continues to satisfy these needs. I am pleased that the crew I work with is willing to share their knowledge and that we can easily exchange ideas and give suggestions to each other. What I most appreciate about the company’s leadership is how supportive and exacting it is. I respect Sue’s knowledge and artistry and find the gardens we work in full of an amazing array of plants and tasks to accomplish. When Sue said that we employees are stewards of the gardens, I realized that this accurately describes our relationship with the gardens and their owners.
Kaite Ross, Horticulturist
From the moment I pulled up my first carrot (far too early) as a four year old, I have been a student of the garden. With the Pacific Northwest forests in my bones and a passion for edible, decorative, and native landscapes of all sorts, I work to bring my delight in, and understanding of, the plants in my reach to those around me. From building healthy and robust ecosystems through the art of permaculture and regenerative gardening, to creating interplay of form, texture, and color, there is always something new to learn, practice, and share. It is a daily joy to care for the land, make it’s wonders accessible to as many people as possible, and work with a team of dedicated horticulturists who share the same passion and enthusiasm.
Rosie, Cutie Pie