Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants includes the garden every year on its annual tour, drawing hundreds to the garden. The Gottlieb Native Garden has also received national recognition, including a profile in The New York Times. In the twenty-five years since Susan removed the ivy from her husband’s property, the Gottlieb Native Garden has become one of the most renowned and mature native gardens in the country.
By sharing her story with the world, Susan hopes to inspire others to convert their traditional gardens to native gardens.
The Gottliebs and their incredible garden are the subject of the highly regarded book, The Gottlieb Native Garden: A California Love Story. Writer Mallory Smith captures the story of Susan’s life and her passion for native gardens and biodiversity. More than 3,500 copies have been donated to environmental nonprofits so that they can raise money and awareness for conservation issues.