Creating harmony, simplicity and peace in the landscape......
"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.
Gardening is an instrument of grace. " - May Sarton ________________________________________________________________
I believe the green world enhances our wellbeing. We need to be outside. And why not in a garden designed for promoting harmony and peace?
I have been in the landscape design, planning and teaching professions for over 40 years. I wasan adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching a graduate studio course, and currently teach at the NY Botanical Garden. In 2014, I received a Merit Award for Residential Design from the Association of Professional Landscape designers (APLD).
Garden designed by Jan Johnsen - armillary, walk and steps
I studied landscape architecture at University of Hawaii. I have worked in landscape architecture and planning offices in Kenya, Japan, Hawaii, New Orleans, Vermont and New York.
When I was in my twenties I worked under a French gardener who had worked at Versailles before emigrating to the U.S. I learned from him the techniques of professional horticulture as practiced in Versailles (all organic!). I incorporate them them in all my projects. I hope you enjoy this garden blog - it is meant to share the wonder and joy that the green world offers us.