Talk Topics

Jan presents her popular illustrated slide talks at major flower and garden shows in the U.S. They are generally 50 minutes to 1-hour long. Some of the most popular lecture topics are shown below.


Serenity by Design


Creating Simplicity, Sanctuary & Delight in the Garden

We all crave a serene haven outdoors where we can simply relax and enjoy the moment.
This fascinating and lushly illustrated seminar shares intriguing ideas for creating simplicity, sanctuary & delight in a garden, exploring ways you can use the ‘power of place’, layout and shapes, the cardinal directions, and the use of color to create a landscape that elevates your mood and increases your sense of wellbeing. This is my most requested seminar at the New York Botanical Garden.


Liquid Dreams

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Unique Ideas for Adding Sparkle to Your Garden

Water is the magical ingredient in a garden. It can calm us or stimulate us, depending on its form. There are so many ways to incorporate water in a garden but some features are so much better than others! Fun ideas such as fog emitters and ‘spillover’ pots can make an outdoor space ‘magic’. I explore using water in all its forms – ephemeral, moving and still. Gorgeous images and fun ideas capture everyone’s imagination.


Stonework in the Garden

Stonework in the garden

An illuminating look at creative ways to incorporate stone in a landscape

The ‘spirit of stone’ reveals the secrets of Japanese stone types and placement in a garden. ‘Creative Stonework’ inspires with intriguing design ideas for stone paving, walls, steps and streams.


Color: Bold and Beautiful Landscapes

johnsen planters web

This eye catching talk describes how color affects us and the natural world

I illustrate how reds excite, yellows stimulate, blues stabilize and greens calm us down. I show inspiring examples of color rich gardens and describe how sunlight helps us in our color decisions.


Postage Stamp Gardens

postage stamp gardens

Planters, Verticals, Accents & More

This Powerpoint talk gets everyone’s gardening juices flowing! I focus on gardening in tight spaces and offer many ideas for container plantings, green walls, stacked layouts and more. Informative handout included.


What to do with Your Soggy Garden

What to do with your Soggy Garden

Ideas for Beautiful, Damp & Sustainable Landscapes

Problem sites can be transformed into beautiful and bio-diverse gardens. This Power Point shows creative ways to turn a slope or soggy area into a lovely outdoor setting. I discuss rain gardens, permeable paving, rain catchment systems and native plants in this informative and timely presentation.

Contact Jan to book a talk at your venue.

~ Venues within 200 miles of New York City: $500 plus travel, lodging and per diem
~ Other venues requiring air travel from NYC: $1,000 plus travel, lodging and per diem
~ Adding a 2nd presentation or workshop on the same day: $500 to $750 depending on topic