Carmen Johnston Gardens Blog


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I could not be more excited! Such a special time of year that highlights our loved-ones and reminds us all to be thankful for what we do have instead of worried about what we don’t. I absolutely love this holiday and I am looking forward to spending it with those I […]

Meet Kaylee McCullough, everyone! She is a 26 year old fashion blogger in the Middle Georgia area. While Macon is not exactly one of the fashion capitals of the world, this stylish Georgia peach is sure to put this southern city on the map. You might remember Kaylee and her husband Bobby from the Take […]

November is the month for giving thanks and during this month of gratitude it is important to remember that actions do, in fact, speak louder than words. That is why I love this little reminder from our former president, John F. Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation […]

Hello, trick-or-treaters! Tonight is the night for all things spooky and if you are the hostess this Halloween, or if you are celebrating solo, this is the drink for you. All you need is aged rum (1.5 oz), fresh lemon juice (0.75 oz), simple syrup (0.75), red wine (0.75), and one stick of cinnamon. So […]

While there are several signs that mark this beautiful season we are in, nothing says ‘autumn has arrived’ quite like a porch full of pumpkins. However, carving pumpkins can be a pain, and not everyone is a master with a carving knife. So, what to do? Well, being the garden expert that I am, naturally, […]

I have had the pleasure of working with Haley Sheffield for a few years now. Her beautiful photography and bright personality have been such a blessing to me. She takes some of the most stunning photographs I’ve ever seen, but it is her shining presence that makes working with her so great. Her favorite quote […]

Even though the first official day of autumn was last week, October 1st is when it really starts to feel like fall. Pumpkins greet you at the grocery store entrance as the crisp air ushers you in; iced coffee is becoming a thing of the past as Pumpkin Spice Lattes start flying from the counters […]

In a world as chaotic as this one, it is easy to focus on what’s going wrong instead of what’s going right. There are still so many fascinating people to meet, beautiful places to see, brilliant ideas to think, and new art to create. Don’t let fear or hopelessness consume you. Magnify the good, not […]

I am a big believer in having a garden that is not only lovely to look at, but that is useful as well. I cannot say enough how beneficial an herb garden can be. There are so many practical ways to put everything from rosemary to mint to good use. One of my absolute favorite […]

I hope that everyone is having a good week so far. Let this simple statement be a reminder not only to dream big, but also to work hard in pursuit of all your future goals. Anything is possible when you are willing to put in the extra time and effort. “Nothing will work unless you […]

As they say, all good things must come to an end, and summer will be over before you know it. With just a few weeks left for summer fun, it’s time to take out that to-do list you made at the beginning of the summer and start making some marks. If you don’t have a […]

Staying hydrated has never tasted so good! I have been a fan of infused water for a while now and I am so happy to see something so healthy trending on the web. It is extremely important that we drink enough water throughout the day, but with so many other choices out there it is […]

As women, we are constantly searching for the next best thing in beauty. Whether it’s for our hair, skin, or nails, we are always looking for ways to update and improve our routine. As a gardener, I am constantly searching for ways to utilize my garden in my every day life. Homemade beauty products are […]

Can you believe that we are already half way through the month of July? This summer has flown by! Remember in high school when summer use to mean sleeping in, staying up late, and swimming your days away? Summer in adult world is a different thing entirely. For one, most of us still have to […]

Sharing ideas and encouraging creativity is part of the heart of Carmen Johnston Gardens and exactly what happened at the annual Haven Conference in Atlanta. As a Southern Living Garden Lifestyle Editor, I was honored to present great ideas in plants & gardening with the always beautiful Southern Living Plant Collection. The Southern Living Plant […]

Quick, easy entertaining and garden solutions are being served up at an exciting event called Haven convening in Atlanta this weekend, a conference started by some of the top DIY Bloggers in the nation. As a Southern Living Gardening Lifestyle Editor, I’ll be sharing exciting ideas from the Southern Living Plant Collection including six DIY […]

Flower crowns have become extremely popular over the last few years and it doesn’t take more than fifteen seconds of scrolling through your Pinterest feed to understand why. Even though everyone and their mama is wearing one, I love how no two flower crowns look the same. Just like every flower is uniquely its own, […]

Now that the weather has finally started to warm up, it’s time for you all to start cooling down. And nothing says summer sippin’ quite like a deliciously fresh and amazingly cool raspberry mimosa! Follow these four steps and you’ll be keeping cool in no time. The only thing that makes mimosas better is sipping […]

I have been so blessed in my business, but one of my favorite things about getting to do what I do is meeting all of the fun individuals along the way. Today I am especially thankful for Amy Norton who I met last summer at the Southern Living Idea House. I was beyond excited when […]

My childhood was full of great memories of my dad. Not only was he an amazing chef, making the most incredible meals for our family, but he also took great pride in making our lawn look its very best. During the summer, we would go spend the day at the pool, but not my dad. […]