‘Gardentopia is that rare marriage of the art of landscaping and the technical knowledge of how to compose a landscape―boiled down to readily understood and easily executed actions. This book puts you in the driver’s seat and shows you how to chart the course to your own personal garden utopia.’.
Margie Grace, Grace Design Associates


Any backyard has the potential to refresh and inspire if you know what to do. Jan Johnsen’s new book, Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces, will delight all garden lovers with over 130 lushly illustrated landscape design and planting suggestions. Ms. Johnsen is an admired designer and popular speaker whose hands-on approach to “co-creating with nature” will have you saying, “I can do that!’ This info-packed, sumptuous book offers individual tips for enhancing any size landscape using ‘real world’ solutions. The suggestions are grouped into five categories that include Garden Design and Artful Accents, Walls, Patios, and Steps and Plants and Planting, among others. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a landscaping novice, Gardentopia will inspire you with tips such as ‘Soften a Corner”, “Paint it Black”, and “Hide and Reveal”.

Heaven is a Garden

In her latest book, Heaven is a Garden – Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection, professional landscape designer Jan Johnsen shares her passion for creating peaceful, enticing gardens and reveals the 3 features of a serene outdoor setting: simplicity, sanctuary and delight.

Drawing on her 40 years of experience in the design and horticulture professions, Jan illuminates the surprising role that layout, power of place, color, trees, and even rocks play in enhancing our wellbeing outdoors. Richly photographed with verdant landscapes (many that she created), the book illustrates how ‘power spots’ can be enhanced, why contemplative gardens are suited for the north side of a house and which trees are best for adding certain unseen qualities to a garden.

Why do some gardens make us feel so relaxed and refreshed?
‘Heaven is a Garden Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection’ is of interest to all garden lovers. It is an enlightening garden design book that you will refer to over and over. Chosen as an Amazon ‘Big Spring Book 2014’.

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