About Jan

APLD_Award_200pxJan Johnsen is a professional landscape designer and a principal of the established design/build firm, Johnsen Landscapes & Pools, in Westchester County, NY.

She is also an award-winning instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and a contributing editor for Garden Design Magazine. For the last several years, Jan has written the popular garden blog, ‘Serenity in the Garden’ and Facebook page, ‘Serenity in the Garden blog’.

Jan was awarded a 2014 Merit Award by the Association Professional Landscape Designers (APLD).

Ever since she worked in Japan as a college student, she has been an advocate of the transformative power of Nature upon our well-being. Her initial experiences of walking through ancient Japanese gardens made her aware of the power that serene outdoor spaces have to calm and refresh us. Jan went on to study landscape architecture at the University of Hawaii and was further influenced there. Her travels took her back home to New York State, where she worked under a Versailles-trained French gardener at Mohonk Mountain House, learning the secrets of French horticulture and its rigorous, all-natural standards.


Garden Writers Assoc MemeberA speaker for botanical garden and garden show audiences, Jan loves to share her insights in the beneficial effects of informed garden design with others. Her unique approach, incorporating ancient practices with contemporary ideas makes for fascinating presentations. She combines the “why” with the “how-to” in an engaging and popular manner. And as always, she adds a large dose of stunning ‘eye candy’ to make everyone realize that heaven is indeed a garden.

To schedule an appearance/interview call her or click on Jan’s email: jan@johnsenlandscapes.com.

‘The glory of the garden lies in more than meets the eye’ – Rudyard Kipling



Jan Johnsen’s landscapes have been featured in This Old House, Landscape Architecture, NY Cottages & Gardens, Wallpaper, East Coast Home, Westchester Home, Westchester Journal News, Westchester Magazine, Woman’s Day, and Redbook.

Photos of her landscapes have been in books such as Northeast Home Landscaping, Pool Idea Book, Feng Shui Revealed, Taylor’s Guide to Landscaping, Sunset Guide to Hillside Gardening, Backyard Design, Landscaping with Stone, Taylor’s Weekend Guide, Plants for Problem Places, and Walls, Walks and Patios.

For a recent book review click here: April 24, 2014 Book Review, Gannett Newspaper

For an interview with Jan about her book, click here: NATURESACRED interview

Create a Yoga Garden The Westchester Journal News May 23, 2014

‘Find The Power Spot in Your Garden’ Seasonal Wisdom Blog, June 30, 2014

Here is an interview about the book with the New York Botanical Garden 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Landscape Live Radio Show. LISTEN NOW!

Tuesday April 29, 2014 Radio Interview – Nature Speaks with Christine Agro. LISTEN NOW!