I  believe the green world enhances our wellbeing. We need to be outside. And why not in a garden?

I have spent 45 years (gasp! am I that old??) making pools and gardens to uplift and renew. My company is Johnsen Landscapes & Pools (www.johnsenlandscapes.com). I speak and teach to others now, sharing what I have learned over these many decades.  

If you are interested in booking a talk and book signing contact me in comments section on this blog.

Here is a 6 minute talk I gave:

My brand new book (out in April 2019) is Gardentopia- Desing Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces  It is a gorgeous book packed with information and ideas that I have used over the years to great effect in landscapes. 

Jan Johnsen garden - armillary, walk and steps
I studied landscape architecture at University of Hawaii. I have worked  in Kenya, Japan, Hawaii, New Orleans, Vermont and New York. 
When I was starting out, I worked under a French gardener who had worked at Versailles. I learned from him the techniques of professional horticulture as practiced in Versailles (all organic). I incorporate them them in all my projects. 


  1. Hello! My wife and I just got done checking out your blog and had a quick question. I was hoping you could email me back when you get the chance. Thanks! - Cam

    1. You can contact me at jan@johnsenlandscapes.com


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