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The Spirit of Stone


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MARKETING & PUBLICITY HIGHLIGHTS: Review copies to national print media and radio (targeted) Review copies to leading gardening and landscape design bloggers. Author will work with popular online sites to review the book, feature an excerpt or write an article. Author will speak at regional home and garden shows, stone conferences, bookstores, garden clubs. She will present at conferences for the Building Stone Institute, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, the Stonework Symposium, the Rock Garden Society, and others. Author will seek sponsorship from related trade associations.

About the Author

AUTHOR BIO: Jan Johnsen is an award-winning instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, author of Heaven is a Garden (St. Lynn's Press, 2014) and a contributing editor for Garden Design magazine. A landscape designer and a principal of the New York design/build firm Johnsen Landscapes & Pools, Johnsen was awarded a 2014 Merit Award by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and has worked in landscape architecture offices in Japan, East Africa, Hawaii, Vermont, New Orleans and New York. She blogs at Serenity in the Garden. The author resides in Westchester County, New York.


In The Spirit of Stone, Jan presents a richly photographed guide to the many creative ways that durable stone and gravel can be used in a garden. -- Stephanie Rose
If you are planning a project this season, The Spirit of Stone is worth reading before you get started. It will change your perspective on the role of rocks and gravel in your garden. -- Christy Wilhelmi
Johnsen has written a detailed book that is enjoyable to read. Topics range from cactus rock gardens to gravel paths to karensansui-a Japanese "dry landscape." Inspirational photographs and installation instruction dominate the text, culminating in a plant pallet at the end. Those who are curious about using more stones in their landscape-including those curious about rock gardening as a style-will very much enjoy The Spirit of Stone. -- Esther Jackson
The Spirit of Stone by Jan Johnsen is a great gardening book for gifting that offers tips and project ideas for includ- ing stone elements in your gardening landscapes.
"As a horticulturist, I must have seen a thousand gardens and not one stone. Fortunately, after reading The Spirit of Stone, I now have "rock awareness" as Jan calls it and I can now see - I even went back to photos I took - that the stones were there all along." -- Peggy Riccio
If you weren't already sold on incorporating stone into your garden, this book's inspiring images and eloquent descriptions will convince you. -- Pam Penick
"This book is filled with ideas for adding small to large stones to gardens to enhance their beauty." -- Joanne Kempinger Demski
Stone is beautiful, useful, and artful. So writes the author, Jan Johnsen, who then proceeds to illustrate this premise with outstanding photographs. There are so many ways to use stone in our landscapes and Jan offers inspiration as well as technical advice for installations of different types. -- Bobbie Schwartz
[Johnsen] has clearly taken her experiences with varied types of stone and turned them into ideas for utilitarian, decorative and accent elements in the garden. Her book comes with instructions for making dry stream beds, stone steps, walkways and rock gardens. -- Pat Leuchtman

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