Janna Schreier

About Janna Schreier

Garden designer, writer, and blogger, Janna has designed and created hundreds of gardens across the three countries she has called home—the UK, Australia and Malaysia. Currently based in London, she loves to travel and explore gardens all over the world. Her passion is to capture beautiful garden images wherever she goes and evaluate what it is, precisely, that makes each garden work so well. She uses this knowledge in designs for her clients and in her aim to enthuse all whose paths she crosses on the wonderful, vast and diverse merits of gardening. You can find Janna’s blog at Janna Schreier

Australian gardening inspiration from South Africa

To me, the essence of Australia is deep blue skies stretching as far as the eye can see; rich red soils bearing dry, oxidized iron; the distinctive blue-green foliage of Eucalyptus set amongst twisting, mottled-grey limbs; perhaps a small family of roos tucking into soft, long grass in its dappled shade. Nowhere else on earth will you come across a scene like this. Continue reading

What defines the ultimate garden visitor experience?

Gardens are as much emotional constructs as aesthetic compositions.” Ogden and Ogden

I’ve always been attracted to the idea of gardens with ‘soul’. I’m amazed how a seemingly perfectly designed garden can leave me absolutely cold but another with supposed imperfections here, there and everywhere can have the most profound effect on me. Continue reading

Review: Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016

It may not have the glamour of its sister Royal Horticultural Society show – Chelsea – but the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show certainly makes up for it in other ways. Covering some 14 hectares (34 acres), it is three times the size of Chelsea and boasts an incredible 47 show gardens and over 500 exhibitors, making it the largest flower show in the world. Continue reading

The bush gets under your skin

Sydney Harbour heads, Balmoral Beach and Sydney Harbour National Park. These were all part of my wondrous daily walk for three very spoilt years. But at the beginning of March, Paul and I relocated to London. Gosh. Arriving to snow didn’t help matters, especially as a move had never been part of our game plan. It was just one of those opportunities that pops up from nowhere and before you know it you are off. Continue reading

Greening Grey Australia

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the UK is currently running a campaign called ‘Greening Grey Britain’. And all jokes aside about the English weather (having just got back from a full week of mist and cloud, gosh, there is truth in the jokes!), there is a serious objective here. Over the past decade, the Brits have been paving over their front gardens; so much so that there has been an increase of 39 square kilometres of ‘grey’ within front gardens alone; one in three now have no plants at all. Continue reading

The Sydney Gardener

When my husband was offered a job in Sydney, in 2013, I was super excited about making the move. I was sad to leave Canberra, but couldn’t help but be attracted to all that Sydney had to offer. A tripling of rainfall was a bit of a concern, but really, an Australian gardener can’t, justifiably, complain about rain. With mild weather all year round, a huge range of cool temperate, warm temperate and subtropical plants available, and, it turned out, a nursery just 300 metres from our door, what could possibly be better? Continue reading

Review: My-Garden-School photo course

Photography and gardening have much in common; going far beyond the obvious connection that gardens are the subject of many photographers. Both, in themselves, are creative activities associated with composing beautiful visions. And both simultaneously invigorate and frustrate its follower by making a satisfactory level of knowledge on the topic perpetually out of reach. Just as you think you are 80% of the way towards proficiency, a whole, mind-bogglingly large, new area of learning reveals itself on the horizon. The more you know, the more you realise there is to know. Continue reading

Review: ‘Connected’ by Phillip Johnson

If natural, Australian style gardens are your thing, you’d have to go a long way to find a book more inspiring than Phillip Johnson’s ‘Connected – The Sustainable Landscapes of Phillip Johnson’. From the moment you pick up this exquisite book, you won’t want to put it down; everything from the cover onwards is beautifully presented and the talented Claire Takacs’ photography makes you hungry for more with every page. Continue reading

Hidden gardens – finished and unfinished

The world’s most beautiful gardens can be divided into two types: the finished and the unfinished.

I was lucky enough to see many examples of both, finished and unfinished, at the Hidden Design Festival in Sydney this weekend. I admit that some designers (and garden owners, for that matter) might not like me describing their gardens in this way Continue reading

A relationship between nature & gardens

On a recent walk through bushland on the Central Coast of New South Wales, I contemplated the relationship between nature and gardens. I always feel relaxed when I am in the bush. All my worries disappear; I breathe in the fresh air, absorb the green vegetation all around me and feel more alive than ever. Wouldn’t it be great if we could bottle up that feeling and take it home with us? Continue reading