The following press release was submitted by the Andover Garden Club. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of Andover News.

The Andover Garden Club’s March 5 membership meeting will feature Jan Johnsen, an engaging writer and speaker with several decades of experience in landscape architecture and horticulture. She is known for her advocacy of the beneficial effects of nature and gardens upon people’s well-being.

More About the Speaker

After studying landscape architecture in Hawaii, Johnsen was employed by a French gardener who had worked in Versailles. She has since practiced in Kenya, Japan, and across the United States. She combines professional European horticulture techniques with knowledge gleaned while working in Japan and Hawaii. She holds a graduate degree in urban and regional planning and earned the Award of Distinction in 2019 from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

Johnsen is the author of several books, including Floratopia—Flower Garden Ideas for Yard, Patio or BalconyGardentopia—Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor SpacesThe Spirit of Stone; and Heaven is a Garden. She has taught at Columbia University and the New York Botanical Garden, where she was awarded Instructor of the Year.

Johnsen’s award-winning design/build firm, Johnsen Landscapes & Pools (, has been featured in Garden Design MagazineThis Old HouseLandscape Architecture, and East Coast Home and Design, among others. Her garden blog, Serenity in the Garden, may be accessed through her Facebook page of the same name.

When, Where, and How

The event will be held at South Church (41 Central Street, Andover) on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. It will begin at 10:00 AM with social time and refreshments, followed by a brief business meeting. The virtual presentation will start at approximately 11:00 AM.

The public is encouraged to take advantage of this program. A $10 donation is requested of nonmembers.

About the Andover Garden Club

Founded in 1927, the Andover Garden Club ( is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that encourages the study and practice of horticulture, landscape design, and floral design; aids in the beautification of the town of Andover; and helps protect and conserve natural resources. A member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc., and National Garden Clubs, Inc., the club provides both financial and hands-on support to a variety of municipal, educational, and environmental organizations throughout the region.

The Andover Garden Club welcomes new members, and information about joining is available from AGC membership cochairs Cathy Starr (, 978-475-8473) and Donna Rudolph (, 978-475-7165).

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