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Considering the Arts # 9: Serenity by Design – Simplicity, Sanctuary & Delight with Jan Johnsen




Considering the Arts # 9

Serenity by Design – Simplicity, Sanctuary & Delight with Jan Johnsen


When: Sunday, December 4, 2016, 2 pm

Where: Symphony Knoll, 15 Mt Airy Rd, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Cost: Free & Public is Invited

Why do some gardens make us feel so relaxed?  Well regarded Croton-on-Hudson landscape designer, Jan Johnsen, mixes ancient ideas with modern approaches to show how to design a ‘feel good’ garden.  Jan explains why east is the ‘auspicious’ direction, how to find the ‘power spot’ in your garden and which colors enhance well-being.  A popular talk and of interest to all design lovers!  Her ideas on serene gardens were featured in the 2016 summer issue of Garden Design magazine.  She will sign her book, Heaven is a Garden, after the talk.

Jan is a principal of the established Westchester design/build firm, Johnsen Landscapes & Pools.  She is also an award-winning instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, was an adjunct professor at Columbia University, a contributor to Garden Design Magazine, a writer and blogger, including, recently, of the popular garden blog, ‘Serenity in the Garden’, and Facebook page, ‘Serenity in the Garden blog’.

Johnsen Landscapes & Pools was awarded a 2014 Merit Award by the Association Professional Landscape Designers (APLD).  Her landscapes have been featured in many magazines and books.

Ever since Jan worked in Japan as a college student, she has been an advocate of the transformative power of Nature upon our well-being. Her initial experiences of walking through ancient Japanese gardens made her aware of the power that serene outdoor spaces have to calm and refresh us. Jan went on to study landscape architecture at the University of Hawaii and was further influenced there. Her travels took her back home to New York State, where she worked under a Versailles-trained French gardener at Mohonk Mountain House, learning the secrets of French horticulture and its rigorous, all-natural standards.

A speaker for botanical garden and garden show audiences, Jan loves to share insights in the beneficial effects of informed garden design with others.




Event Location and Ticket Information

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Symphony Knoll
15 Mt Airy Road South
Croton on Hudson, NY
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Times: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ticket pricing:
Free event

Presenter: Croton Council on the Arts
Presenter Website: http://www.crotonarts.org