Gwendolyn Johnson Design
Landscape Design for Your Home

Designing Outdoor Spaces that enrich your life & feed your soul.
Gwendolyn Johnson Design, LLC
Remodeling and Home Design


Before and After... 

Midcentury Modern Magic

After extensively redesigning the interior of their home, my clients called me when they were ready to start renovations on their outside spaces. They were unhappy with their curvilinear front walks which had many loose stones. Their existing patio wasn’t in good shape either, plus the usable space was too small for seating and there were no good connections to the front lawn or to the back deck.
In the new design, I made the spaces more functional while working with the architectural style of the house. For the front walks I used linear paths that reflect the architecture. One end of the patio is widened to become the main entertainment area; now there is plenty of usable space (middle photo). There are gracious stairs that connection to the main lawn (top photo), and secondary steps and path to the back deck (bottom photo) which improve the circulation. The design also opened up the space near the patio by removing overgrown shrubs, old leggy rhododendrons, and a holly so the whole property can be viewed from the new patio. It now feels spacious while looking like it was original to the midcentury style of the house. 

Main Patio Area

I have so enjoyed working with these clients! The wife recommended me to her friend, and shared the email with me: “Wanted to share Gwen's website with you. She is so incredibly smart, competent, organized, caring, creative and talented. All these qualities are hard to find in an artistic person (creative minds are usually too absent minded and all over the place), but she really has it all. I can show you some of her plans for us whenever you want. The level of detail, due diligence and expertise is simply amazing.”  

Thanks for the kind words and referral!



Summer love

Now that summer is here, are you enjoying your outdoor spaces? If not, I can help! Working with you, I will create a customized Master Plan for your outdoor spaces that you will love for years to come.

To see some examples of my designs, please visit my website: Or feel free to call me at 610-896-8444, or email me at


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The Heat is On!

The summer heat is here. Now is the time to make sure your gardens get enough water so they stay healthy in the heat. If you don't have an irrigation system, here are some tips for hand watering:

•  Water in the early morning — the plants can take in the water before the day heats up too much

•  Water thoroughly every other day instead of lightly every day — the water needs to get down deep to the roots, not just dampening the mulch! For new trees, set your hose at a drizzle and lay it at the base of each tree for 30-45 mins.

•  Water where your plants are — focus the water on the base of the plants; watering where your plants aren't only encourages weeds to spring up



  Best of Houzz 2017 Best of Houzz 2015
 LOVE Award

Hidden River Brewing Co

The Year of FUN!

Having declared 2019 The Year of Fun, in June I had fun going to beer gardens and breweries with outdoor spaces. Bill and I love trying all the fabulous microbreweries that are in the Philadelphia area. In June, we discovered Hidden River Brewing Co. in Douglassville PA. Located in an old lodge near the Schuylkill River, the brewery has outdoor spaces that include a porch, a gazebo with an outside bar, and a huge lawn area that is next to a creek. (Photo above) Beers were great as was the food! Other places to enjoy beers outdoors include Tired Hands Bier Garden in Fishtown, Locust Lane Craft Brewery in Malvern, Stable 12 Brewing Co. in Phoenixville, Town Tap of Conshohocken Brewing Co. in Havertown, and Wissahickon Brewing Co. in East Falls (dogs welcomed!)

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Ardmore, PA 19003

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