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This Saturday, April 22nd, is an extra special day—it’s Earth Day! From providing pollinators with essential food sources to creating shade and oxygen with trees, gardeners help the Earth every day—and we appreciate you doing your part! Below, you’ll see how one gardener created a sanctuary for local wildlife and discover the many benefits of having native plant garden.

What can you do to celebrate Earth Day? Visit the Earth Day website for ideas and see if there is an Earth Day event near you!


LAST CALL: Serenity by Design
with Jan Johnsen


Jan Johnsen and garden vignettes
Today at 6pm EST*, award-winning landscape designer and author Jan Johnsen joins us for our “fireside chat” webinar—will you be there too? She’ll be sharing tips on understanding your garden’s “power spot,” how to use the Four Directions to your best advantage, and how best to apply the rule of divine proportion (aka the golden ratio) in your garden design. These three factors combine to make—you guessed it—a serene garden.

No matter your experience level, these insights from Jan are sure to spark your inner designer, plus help you see your garden in a new light. We’ve learned so much from Jan over the years, and we’re excited to share her unique design insights with you!

Bonus: You’ll get notes ahead of time so you can follow along (and write down anything that moves you!), plus you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions in the live Q&A during the webinar. We’ll pick a few to be discussed at the end. 


Two Ways to Register:

Your paid membership to Garden Life by GardenDesign.com includes our next 10 webinars (save $120) and extended access to the recordings—up to 90 days! Find out more about Garden Life! If you’re already a paid member, this webinar is included, and there’s nothing you need to do.

*Can’t join us at that time? Everyone registered will receive access to the recorded webinar for 30 days—or up to 90 days for paid Garden Life members!


Black-Eyed Susan Flowers

How & Why to Grow a Native Plant Garden

Adding just a few native plants can go a long way in supporting wildlife andmaking your garden easier to care for—adding even more is better! Learn more about these wonderful plants, find out why they’re so important for pollinators, plus get design tips and regional recommendations. Pictured: Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta). Photo by: Janet Loughrey.

Allison Ronney's garden in the Pacific Northwest

See how a Pacific Northwest gardener transformed her overgrown and boulder-filled property into a sanctuary for local wildlife and even included a small vegetable garden for herself. Plus, see a few tips she learned along the way. Photo by: Allison Ronney. 


canna flowers

Life is too short to wait for summer vacation to feel relaxed and pampered. Why not create an oasis of your own? Many summer flowering bulbs like cannacan give you that tropical vibe and are truly easy to grow. Consider adding crocosmiaEucomis (pineapple lily), and begonias to your design. Elephant ears and other tropicals would be perfect companions. Please visit Flowerbulbs.com for more inspiration.


Ornamental grass and petunia planting

Ornamental grasses can be a great addition to your garden, but it can be a challenge to figure out what to pair them with. This list of 10 companions will help you pick a perfect pairing. Plus, many ornamental grasses are native to North America. Photo by: Proven Winners.


Gardener spraying neem oil on plants

As our gardens start to wake up, so do pests! Many pests love the new growth that emerges in spring. One of the best things we can do for the environment is learn to deal with these pests in safe ways. Using neem oil is one common way to treat many pests and plant diseases naturally—for both indoor and outdoor plants. Learn more about how and when to use it to help keep your plants healthy and thriving.