Hi, I'm TheMintGardener!

Sarah Simon is the Designer, Artist Illustrator and Author at TheMintGardener.

Finding inspiration in the ever-blooming variety of textures and colors in her urban garden, Sarah creates and teaches lush Watercolors inspired by the diverse variety of herbs, flowers, and trees grown in her yard. With a continually blooming following of botanical and art lovers alike, Sarah shares her teaching talents virtually online and in Seattle, Washington, of the USA, where she regularly instructs Watercolor Classes to students of all skill levels.

Her teaching has received international attention with her online painting courses in the Watercolor Summit and her monthly live zoom teaching sessions, which she does for private, public and corporate companies.

Sarah's work has been featured in many publications and blogs worldwide, and has been celebrated in the form of commercial product design, stationery, and textiles as well as wholesale and private commissions. Just a few of her clients include: Target, Nordstrom, Country Living, Facebook, The University of Washington, Expedia, Sakura of America, Blick Artist Materials, Winsor and Newton, Estée Lauder and Sur La Table.

Her books Modern Watercolor Botanicals and The Plant Lady Coloring Book were released in November 2019, and are international best sellers. Her third book Watercolor Workbook will be out this Spring, and day to day, you can find Sarah painting and sharing creativity on her Instagram, as well as hosting the #FlowerPaintingClub for an online community of painting-lovers.


She lives with her family in Seattle on her urban farm, where she loves to garden and spend time with her family - and their seven pet chickens and Spike, the bearded dragon. Coincidentally, her favorite flowers happen to be Bearded Irises (well for now anyways, it’s so hard to pick a favorite flower). She enjoys seeking quiet moments for sketching and painting, making small bouquets of flowers and herbs, or reading. She loves Jesus,  exploring new places, and enjoys anything that includes the sea, friends and food. Speaking of food, if she could eat an egg salad sandwich and sip on a big cup of creamy coffee everyday, she would consider herself very satisfied indeed. And yes, as a Pacific Northwest native, she does enjoy the gloomy gray days a bit more than the hot, sunny ones.


You are never too old or too young to set a goal or to dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis

In The Media

Seattle Refined

There must be something magical about the Pacific Northwest, because its beauty inspires so many creative people.

Social Creative Conversations

Join me as I chat with my dear friend, Sarah Simon, known for her widely popular watercolor art and technique under the name, The Mint Gardener.

Laura Horn Art Interview

Based in Seattle, Washington, Sarah creates and teaches lush watercolours inspired by the diverse variety of herbs, flowers and trees grown in her urban garden.

KING5 Interview

Author Sarah Simon's new book Modern Watercolor Botanicals gives budding artists 16 easy-to-follow lessons to take their painting skills to the next level.

Paper Talk Podcast

Using Watercolors on Crepe Paper with Sarah Simon

Create Whimsy Spotlight

Sarah Simon started on a typical, expected, safe career path, but always knew she had an artist inside.

Get In Touch

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Flower Painting Club Freebie

Get a taste of the fun of TheMintGardener's Flower Painting Club with a free water-color template perfect for tracing.
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