Carmen Johnston Gardens Blog


A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to lead a floral class and teach a wonderful group of ladies my favorite arrangement tips and tricks. Every year the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl holds a charity golf tournament at Lake Oconee for NCAA coaches, professional golfers, and celebrities. The Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge has given a […]

Sun-loving succulents are perfect for summer temps (and traveling). Learn how to plant a stunning and successful succulent container.

Hello, Atlanta friends! This Saturday I will be at The Home Depot in Midtown at 650 Ponce de Leon Avenue. Grab some containers and come get your hands dirty with me for some good old-fashioned gardening fun. As an added bonus, you will leave with a gorgeous spring container garden that will make all your […]

Flowers and fashion–what’s not to love? That’s exactly what artist Anna Kincaide offers in her latest series of paintings. We found Anna via Gallery Orange, a contemporary art gallery in New Orleans owned and curated by the fabulous Tracy Gielbert. When we saw ‘Dreaming with You’ it stopped us in our tracks! Gorgeous, right? I […]

6 plants that can take the heat and last all summer long!

That’s right–we’re moving! With everything that happened last year after Tommy’s heart attack, we have decided to make a fresh start. Finding a new home and leaving this one behind is definitely bittersweet because we really love our house. I am especially sad about saying goodbye to my dream garden. When we first moved in […]

There is nothing quite like using live plants for a centerpiece. During Easter week, we created a live ‘n’ luscious centerpiece using Spanish Lavender, Creeping Jenny, Lemon Butter Ferns, and Kale. (Hint: ‘Like’ Carmen Johnston Gardens on Facebook for more live video tutorials!) Yesterday, we replanted that very same centerpiece into a few different containers. […]

One of the things I look forward to most every spring is finding new containers for my plants. Every year I am so excited to see how designers update containers with fresh new colors, repurpose older designs, or reinvent them completely. While you want your plants to be the star of the show, a great […]

Welcome, gardening newbies! I hope this post will enable you to get your garden started. And while I have created this post with beginners in mind, seasoned experts are always welcome. Gardening is all about growth, and there is nothing wrong with seeking a little advice every now and then. Today, I am sharing with […]

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I thought that, with all you crazy love bugs out there getting ready to pop the big question, a post about wedding florals might come in handy real soon. I did the florals for this stunning wedding at Lake Burton last July. With the hot, hot heat […]

‘Tis the season and this gal is jolly! I am so looking forward to “Christmas at the Cloister” this weekend. It is sure to be an incredible time filled with beautiful designs and holiday cheer. I hope to see you there! Happy Holidays! XO, Carmen

I have really enjoyed sharing some of my favorite gardening books with all of you. I hope that these posts have inspired you to find some inspiring books of your own. This is my final book post (for now), but I hope to find new favorites to share with you in the future. I can’t […]

Breakfast is important, right? The majority of us have been reminded of this fact for most of our lives. If it’s true what they say, and breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, then we better start making the most of this crucial meal. These are some of my favorite heart-smart breakfast […]

Southern friends–is it hot outside, or is it hot? That Georgia heat has certainly made itself known this summer and I can’t think of a better way to keep cool and stay full than by drinking some delicious heart-healthy smoothies. Finding this list of smoothie recipes at Everyday Health has been a huge relief. 1. […]

Cooking Light has done it again! Here are some of my favorite heart-healthy recipes for pork. 1. Pork Chops with Mustard Cream Sauce 2. Warm Spinach Salad with Pork and Pears 3. Grilled Pork with Blackberry-Sage Sauce 4. Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Orange and Red Onion Salsa Check out the full list of heart-healthy entrees […]

Sometimes the most challenging part of eating healthy is knowing what to buy, which is why I am sharing this list heart-smart grocery list that I found over at Best Health Magazine online. Here are a few items you should add to your grocery list right now. Your heart will thank you! 1. Unsweetened oatmeal […]

Four months ago I started the series “The Best Gardening Books” to share some of my favorite gardening reads with all of you. Since then, I have shared a total of five books, from Carolyne Roehm’s Flowers to Nicolai Bergmann’s Florescence. With only two books left to share, I thought it was time to finally […]

As promised, beefy goodness galore… 1. Slow-Cooker Beef Pot Roast 2. Beef and Beer Chili 3. Roasted Flank Steak with Olive Oil-Herb Rub 4. Grilled Flank Steak Soft Tacos with Avocado-Lime Salsa Happy Friday, everyone! Have a great weekend, but don’t forget to treat your ticker right!

In my search for all things heart-healthy, I found this fantastic list of recipes via Cooking Light. Today I am sharing some of their recipes for chicken, and tomorrow I will be back to share some drool-worthy recipes for beefy goodness. 1. Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Sandwiches 2. Chicken, Cashew, and Red Pepper Stir-Fry 3. […]

Sometimes eating three meals a day is simply not enough. That’s why some extremely smart individual invented snacks. Sneaking snacks doesn’t have to make you feel guilty, though. Here are some heart-healthy solutions for spontaneous snack cravings throughout your day. 1. Hummus Dip 2. Pizzettes with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, and Prosciutto 3. Kale Slaw […]