2017 Event Schedule

Jan Johnsen illuminates garden design in a way that will have you looking at your property in a whole new light.  To inquire about booking Jan, an award winning presenter, to speak or lead a workshop,  please go to jan@johnsenlandscapes.com and offer a few details in the message area.


Thursday,  September 28, 2017   7 p.m.
Teatown Lake Nature Preserve and Education Center
1600 Spring Valley Rd,   Ossining, NY 10562
The Spirit of Stone 

Monday, October 2, 2017  2 p.m.

Essex Garden Club
Essex, CT

Ideas, Flowers and Foliage for Beautiful Late Summer Gardens

Thursday, October 5th, 2017   10 am 

Rowayton, CT Garden Club 

The Spirit of Stone - Stonescaping Ideas for Your Garden


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Garden Dialogues at Manitoga, Cultural Landscape Foundation

Manitoga, Rte 92 Garrison, NY

Sunday, December 10, 2017   2:00 pm

Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons
Bridgehampton Community House

Past Talks

 September 7, 2017 
Watchung Booksellers,   Montclair, NJ
July 25, 2017 
#Plantchat on Twitter with The American Horticultural Society
July 19, 2017 
Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association Summer Trade Show
Mount Wachusett, Princeton, MA
June 16, 2017
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Boothbay , Me.

The Spirit of Stone
 June 2, 2017

Country Living Fair
Dutchess County Fairgrounds    
Rhinebeck, NY 

The Spirit of Stone - Stonescaping Ideas for Your Garden


May 10, 2017

Northwest Horticultural Society

Center for Urban Horticulture 
Seattle, Wa
The Spirit of Stone
 May 4, 2017 
New York Botanical Garden
The Spirit of Stone Field Session and Class
April 30, 2017
Katonah Library
Katonah, NY
The Spirit of Stone - Stonescaping Ideas for Your Garden

 April 12, 2017
Master Gardener Annual Dinner
Millbrook, NY
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Garden Clubs of Greater Springfield, MA 
celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Springfield Garden Club

Springfield Museum of Fine Arts

March 7, 2017
Davidson Horticultural  Symposium
Cornelius, North Carolina 28031
Sunday, February 26th
Connecticut Flower & Garden Show
Connecticut Convention Center
Hartford, CT 06103

Ideas for Creating a Beautiful Deer Resistant Garden
Sunday, February 26th

Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury
Tuesday February 21, 2017

Newtown Garden Club
Newtown Library - Newtown, CT
topic - Serenity by Design
Feb 28, 2017
1:00 pm talk

'Dec.8, 2016 
New York Botanical Garden
 Landscape Design Tips: Learning from 'Before and After'
Dec.1, 2016
 New York Botanical Garden
Aligning with Nature:  Sustainable Garden Design Ideas 
Nov.15, 2016
New York Botanical Garden
Stonework in the Garden
Nov. 8, 2016
Dallas Women's Council's 10th annual 
A Writer's Garden Literary Symposium
Dallas, Texas

Nov. 4, 2016  
Southbury Garden Club  

Oct 5, 2016
New Canaan Beautification Council

Oct 13, 2016
Tarrytown Garden Club
Warner Library, Tarrytown

Sept. 14, 2016
The Working Gardeners of Bronxville, NY 
Bronxville, NY 

June 24, 2016
Water in the Landscape
NY Botanical Garden 

June 11, 2016
Berkshire Botanical Garden 
Stockbridge, Massachusetts

May 25, 2016
Montclair Garden Club  -  Annual Luncheon
Montclair, NJ  Golf Club 

March 18, 2016  
Springfest Garden Show
New Jersey Sussex County Fairgrounds

Feb 26 &  27, 2016 
How to Create a Serenity Garden Workshop and  'Liquid Dreams' Powerpoint presentation
Kansas City Garden Symposium.

February 10, 2016

4 Principles of Sustainable Landscape Design
Murphy Brothers Energy Efficient Home Series- Mamaroneck, NY

Talk to Westchester architects and videotaping for local cable TV

January 15, 2016
Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association
Winter Symposium 
Plantsville, CT 06479

December 6, 2015

Serenity in the Garden - Simplicity, Sanctuary & Delight 
Mad Gardeners 

Richmond Center, New Milford, CT 

November 18, 2015
Aligning with Nature: Principles of Sustainable Landscape Design 
New York Botanic Garden 
November 4, 2015
Stonework in the Garden
New York Botanic Garden 

Wednesday , October 28, 2015

Douglass Hall - Rutgers University - Department of Landscape Architecture
East Brunswick, NJ

Monday, October 19, 2015    7:30 pm 

Silver Spring, Md Garden Club 

Montgomery College - Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus 

Health Sciences Building, Room 122
 October 7, 2015
Lenox Garden Club
Kimball Farms, 235 Walker Street, Lenox Ma

September 16, 2015 
Wellfleet Garden Club
Wellfleet Library, Wellfleet, Ma.

August 27, 2015
Kent Memorial Library & Kent Garden Club 
Kent, Ct  Town Hall      Kent, CT  06757

July 14, 2015
Cultivate '15 - AmericanHort.
Greater Columbus Convention Center, 
 Columbus, Ohio 
'Serenity in the Garden and Its Universal Appeal'

June 20, 2015
Newport Flower and Garden Show 
Rosecliff, Newport, Rhode Island

May 21, 2015
The Connecticut Horticultural Society
Emanuel Synagogue,   West Hartford, CT  06117

May 20, 2015
Chappaqua Garden Club
Congregational Church

Friday, May 8, 2105   
Watchung Booksellers
54 Fairfield Street,  Montclair, NJ 07042

Friday, April 17, 2015      
New York Botanical Garden   

March 27 - 29, 2015
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Epcot, Disneyworld, Orlando, Florida

March 18, 2015     7 pm - 8 pm 
Author Spotlight - Heaven is a Garden
Designing Serene Outdoor Spaces for Inspiration and Reflection
The Budarz Theater  Ossining Library, 
Ossining, NY 

Friday, February 13, 2015; 2:00 p.m. ET
Horticulture magazine on line seminar 
Ideas for Creating Serene Gardens—Simplicity, Sanctuary & Delight

February 5, 2015 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Heaven is a Garden: Designing Serene Spaces Talk and Book Signing

New England Grows
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center,  
415 Summer Street,  Boston, Ma

January 26, 2015:  1:00 pm – 2:15 pm 
Serenity by Design' Talk and Book Signing 
NJ Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Conference
Bally’s Atlantic City Atlantic City, New Jersey 

November 12, 2014  10:00 - 2:30 pm
New York Botanical Garden 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Talk and Book Signing 
Pound Ridge Garden Club, Pound Ridge Library

October 2, 2014 
The Planning Process. 
New York University, NYC

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
Bartow Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park Bronx, NY.
Talk and Book Signing - Local Author Spotlight series

Saturday, September 6, 2014  Chappaqua, NY
The Cultural Landscape Foundation 
Garden Dialogues
A Garden on All Levels Tour

August 28, 2014  Garrison, NY 
Pecha Kucha Talk 
@ The Garrison  Route 9
 Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Luminous Spaces MASTER Series™ 
Nassau Hall, Muttontown Preserve, NY

Wednesday, June 4, 2014  10:00 - 3:30 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Landscape Live Radio Show..click on link to hear

Saturday May 3, 2014 12 pm

Montgomery Place, Red Hook, NY

Tuesday April 29, 2014   11 am  

Friday, April 25, 2014 

Mar 22, 2014
Sat., Mar 22, 2014

Feb 6, 2014
Northwest Flower and Garden Show   
Seattle, Washington
Liquid Dreams - Unique Ideas for Adding Sparkle to Your Garden

Feb. 5, 2014
Northwest Flower and Garden Show
Seattle, Washington
Serenity by Design - Creating Simplicity, Sanctuary & Delight in the Garden

June 20, 2012
New York Botanical Gardens  Bronx, NY  

January 18, 2012
Working Gardeners' Club,
Bronxville, NY.

February 6, 2012
Larchmont, NY.

Talks and Summaries

jan@johnsenlandscapes.com                           www.johnsenlandscapes.com   

Jan presents her illustrated talks at major flower and garden show 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 

Simplicity, Sanctuary & Delight in the Garden

In this popular powerpoint, I offer intriguing design ideas for enhancing any garden.  
Learn why East is considered the ‘auspicious’ direction, how to use a ‘Golden Rectangle’ to create harmony outdoors, and which colors uplift our spirits in a garden. 

This is my most requested seminar at the New York Botanical Garden.


Liquid Dreams

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  many ways to incorporate water in a garden but some features are better than others.  

I explore using water in all its forms – ephemeral, moving and still. Beautiful  images and fun ideas capture everyone’s imagination.


The Spirit of Stone 

 An illuminating and beautiful look at creative ways to incorporate natural stone in a landscape. The ‘spirit of stone’ reveals the secrets of Japanese stone types and placement in a garden and inspires the audience with new ideas for using stone accents outdoors. Not to be missed!


Color: Bold and Beautiful Landscapes 

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 - Planters, Verticals, Accents & More 

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


Aligning with Nature: The 5 Principles of Sustainable Design 

From "bee hotels" to green roofs, unique storm water catchment systems to native plantings, America's is now on the  sustainable design bandwagon!  

This engaging powerpoint talk  looks at the 5 design principles and shows how you can adapt them for  your home landscape. It ends with a discussion of native plant combinations.

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.


– Call or email for information

To Book a presentation:

Please contact: jan@johnsenlandscapes.com


  1. Yours is the only pretty treatment I have seen for dealing w. storm water [In "River of Rocks"]. An EPA website for MD & DC about rainscaping - and the current water challenges focuses on "reduce runoff, slow it down, spread it out, soak it in." Nothing very inspirational or feeds the soul, though cleaning the water IS important for the Chesapeake and other animals. I'm a year behind your raingarden talk. Trying to turn "a lemon into lemonade". Liked your This Old House "Best Ways to Deal w Storm Water" contribution. Since I just discovered your blog tonight, any more "storm water" solutions? Thanks for sharing.

    1. Where are you located? I am planning my speaking schedule for next year and I would be more than happy to give my 'What to Do with Soggy Backyards' somewhere near you...It is a popular talk. - and it is something I have had to deal with for many years in many properties...

  2. Jan
    Have fun in Chicago...when you get back
    I would like to discuss the possibility of you coming to speak at my Garden Club....

    1. Sure Amy! Where are you located? Email me at jan@johnsenlandscapes.com

  3. I teach horticulture in Ireland and would love an opportunity to show a slide show of yours in class. By doing so I would be promoting your invaluable work. What are the chances Jan?

    1. or better yet - have me come to Ireland!
      if I set up some talks at the botanical garden there or to RHS Ireland then I can come to your class too....do you have any contacts there , Ena?

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