Susan founded How Does Your Garden Grow in 1997 to share her love of gardening and empower people to learn the skills and techniques to make the most of their gardens and outdoor spaces.
Susan has a biology degree from Amherst College and an Master of Science degree from the Center of Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington. She advocates for organic practices and sustainable gardening.
In addition to How Does Your Garden Grow, Susan creates and sells botanical jewelry with her business Olivie, films educational videos for her YouTube channel, and is also available to lead classes and workshops.
Seattle Magazine - Lauren Mang - May 2014
THIS OVERGROWN YARD GETS A CONTEMPORARY REFRESH"
"A contemporary backyard design makes a once-neglected Paul Thiry home shine"
Pacific NW Magazine - August 2012
“UP ON THE ROOF”
"Transformation of a Wallingford rooftop garden with Seattle skyline views and innovative use of shallow planting areas."
Seattle PI - Marty Wingate - November 2008
“THE GROUNDED GARDNER”
"For Susan Papanikolas, being a garden coach meant that she could use her horticultural skills in a real-life educational setting."
The Seattle Times - Rose O'Donnell - March 2002
"GROW TEAM GROW! STUMPED IN THE GARDEN? CONSIDER HIRING A COACH"
"'There's so much information out there' says garden consultant Susan Papanikolas, 'but it's difficult to know how to apply it to your own yard specifically. It's helpful to have someone to guide you through — kind of like hiring a personal trainer.'"