EdCC grad ‘over the moon’ about gardening award

An Edmonds Community College horticulture graduate was part of the team that won the Founders Cup for best in show at last month’s Northwest Flower and Garden show.

Lisa Bauer, along with Susie Thompson and Katie Weber, created a display garden titled “Over the Moon,” which featured large conifers and white birches framing a classic Scandinavian garden pavilion.

The plant palette was white with accents of yellow, apricot, orange and maroon with blue- and dark-green foliage.

A large moon in the display was made of an aluminum drum and stand covered with a printed fabric and back lit with clip-on lights purchased at Home Depot.

The display also won a gold medal at the show.

“The theme for the show was ‘Romance Blossoms,’” Bauer said. “Each garden creator group has to come up with a theme for their garden, we came up with ‘Over the Moon.’”

Bauer, who graduated from EdCC in 2013, owns Chartreuse Landscape and Design in Seattle. Thompson owns Susie Landscape Designs and Weber owns Katie Weber Landscape Design.

The trio created the garden to represent the Association of Professional Landscape and Designers, Washington chapter, at the show.

Bauer said that she inherited her love for plants from her mother, who she called an amazing gardener. About a decade ago, she worked with a designer to redo the landscaping at her house. She said she learned how much of an art form landscaping was from that experience.

In 2008, Bauer started taking courses at EdCC. She initially didn’t intend to obtain her degree, but became hooked after taking first a drafting class and later a plant identification course.

Bauer earned her Associate of Technical Arts degree in landscape design and a certificate in ornamental horticulture from the college.

She described EdCC as an amazing school, well-known for its graduates, many of whom work in the landscape-design business in the region.

She praised the instructors including Polly Hankin and Walt Bubellis, both of whom are now retired.

“(Bubellis) made me love all plants and the science of plants,” she said.

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