Gardentopia – Jan Johnsen’s go to Landscape Book

 Gardentopia – Jan Johnsen’s go to landscape book for Homeowners.

A few years ago Ann and I were fortunate to interview Jan Johnsen about a fascinating book she had written about gardens.

Jan’s book “Gardentopia” for the home owner with 135 lushly illustrated garden and planting ideas that aim to inspire and inform you. They are fun, easy to remember and can be implemented in any size yard. Designed to help you with the process of accessing, sketching, designing, laying out and finally creating their own garden.

Jan’s writing style allows the reader to follow the thinking process to such an extent that you are able to ‘join all the dots’ resulting in a much easier understanding of what can be quite a complex process.

Jan’s extensive knowledge of plants for a purpose, shines through in the selection on plants she recommends in the closing chapters of this delightfully, inspiring and easy to read book.

You can listen – below– to our truly fascinating interview with Jan Johnsen or if you prefer on iTunes at Growing Trends

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Ann and Chris



Gardentopia – Jan Johnsen

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About Ann & Chris

Ann is a Nebraska girl, with a love of nature, plants and people. "The Gardening Gal" with a gift for annuals & perennials. Chris is an English transplant, he's a landscape design & build specialist with over 40 years experience, designing & managing construction & aftercare for a wide variety of landscape projects, from small residential, estates, parks, playgrounds, roof gardens, urban regeneration, power stations, office parks. Ann, my Co-Host and I, have a growing band of people who are passionate about their landscape & the environment on our internet radio show 'Growing Trends' - The show is all about people in our industry, people who are passionate about the environment, landscapes and sustainability. We talk to these fascinating people, about latest trends, in styles,materials, products, plants, vegetables, wines, just about anything connected with enjoying outside spaces. We hope you will find time to listen to a broadcast and then drop us a line with ideas, suggestions or even the odd request.

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