Carmen Johnston Gardens Blog


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 […]

Yesterday I shared 4 Recipes for a Healthy Heart with all of you. I hope that the post proved that heart-healthy eating doesn’t have to be one flavorless meal after another. If anything, taking the time to choose ingredients that are better for your heart makes eating the meals you prepare that much more enjoyable […]

Gardening has and always will be my passion, however, even stronger than my love for gardening is the love I have for this man right here. Recent events concerning my husband’s health have inspired me to share some heart healthy recipes instead of my usual garden-related posts. The last few weeks have been difficult, to […]

I have another fabulous gardening book for you all today. “The Layered Garden” by David L. Culp is a key ingredient in my collection, one that every gardener needs. I am often an advocate for breaking the rules when it comes to gardening, but layers are to gardening what salt is to cooking–add a little […]

Happy June, everyone! Spring has already sprung, summer is about to begin, and this green thumb gal is ready to spend some quality time in the sun. Today I am sharing with you my secret for healthy skin that is sun-kissed skin, but not burnt or blemished. 1. This pore perfecting facial polish by bliss […]

Today I am taking you back to the basics–the basics of container gardening, that is. You probably know by now how passionate I am about this type of gardening. The reason being that it is so darn simple! I want anyone and everyone to know that they can have a garden and it doesn’t have […]

I am all about practical gardening books, like Heirloom Fruits & Vegetables and On Garden Style. However, my reason for sharing today’s gardening book is all about the gardener’s unique and innovative designs. Whenever I feel stuck or uninspired in my work, the images in Nicolai Bergmann’s Florescence gives me all the permission I need […]

Calling all home/garden/food bloggers! I am so excited to be apart of the upcoming VIP preview for the Nashville Symphony Show House and garden party taking place on Wednesday, June 10th from 10 a.m. until noon. It is going to be an incredible day. As always, it will be a pleasure working with Southern Living, […]

I would like to take a moment to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day weekend! I hope you enjoy your day. Be sure to soak up all that special love! Here are a few gift ideas for that wonderful woman you love. 1. You can’t go wrong with a Rifle Paper […]

It has been a long while since I shared one of my favorite gardening books with all of you and I thought today was the perfect day to post the next one on my list. I already shared with you my nostalgic connection to Bunny Williams’s “On Garden Style” and about my coffee table classic, […]