Jan Johnsen, a principal of the award-winning Johnsen Landscapes & Pools in New York and an admired garden designer and writer, is the winner of the 2019 APLD Award of Distinction.
Johnsen taught at Columbia University and the New York Botanical Garden, where she was named Instructor of the Year. Her latest book, Gardentopia-Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces, was recently published by Countryman Press. She is also the author of Heaven is a Garden and The Spirit of Stone.
Trained in landscape architecture and professional horticulture, Johnsen has worked in Japan, Hawaii and Kenya, among other places. Johnsen is an inspiring speaker and loves to show how homeowners can “co-create with nature” in their gardens.
Johnsen was nominated for taking her message of connecting with the landscape to professionals and the general public through her lecture series at garden shows and conferences as well as through her blog, ‘Security in the Garden.’
She inspires many of her students at Columbia University and New York Botanical Garden to become professional landscape designers, educators and speakers.