Dandelion Gardens is an Olympia based Landscape Design, Container Planter and Garden Art resource owned and operated by Cathy Johnson. Cathy’s passion for planting is contagious.

She has taught several courses at the Olympic College in Shelton, WA including “Plants for the Northwest Landscape” and “Landscape Design.” Additionally, Cathy has served as an Adjunct Professor at South Puget Sound Community College teaching the course “Container Gardening and Care.”

Cathy Johnson Dandelion Gardens, Olympia Landscape Design, Lacey Garden Art, Tumwater Fountain Pots“I started Dandelion Gardens to help people undertaking landscape projects save money, time and energy.

I initially learned about landscaping through the pleasure and frustration of landscaping my own residence. I battled blackberries, moles, and deer; built retaining walls, pulled weeds, conquered poor soils, and designed landscapes to create my own garden paradise. While working on my property, I came to the realization that I loved gardening, but there had to be a more reasonable, practical, and pleasurable way to achieve the desired results.

With extensive and continuing education, I am able to provide my clients with the tips, techniques, and tricks of the trade for a positive landscape experience.”


  • Certificate in Horticulture; South Puget Sound Community College
  • Washington State Master Gardeners
  • B.A. Business Administration; Seattle University
  • Northwest Perennial Alliance
  • Hardy Plant Society of Oregon
  • Portland State University


  • Northwest Perennial Alliance
  • Hardy Plant Society
  • Thurston County Master Gardeners
  • Northwest Horticulture Society