You want to grow a garden, but starting a successful garden can be overwhelming. OR you have a garden, but what do you DO with it?
There are a lot of things to consider: how to choose a spot, what to plant when, and how to keep it alive once it’s built, just to name a few…
And that’s before delving into integrating it across school curricula, community outreach, or family life. You need someone to help your green thumb sprout while setting you up for practical gardening success.
That’s exactly what I do. I’m your green thumb ally!
I’m Kelly Johnson, artist, author, and creative garden guide. My passion is helping enthusiastic budding gardeners like you grow successful gardens at school, home, and in the community, one seed at a time.
My grandparents taught me how to garden when I was a child, so when I became a Montessori teacher I wanted to do the same for my elementary students. After 10 years of gardening with my students, I decided to grow my focus from teaching only my own classes to guiding wider audiences of adults and children how to successfully “grow their own.”
Along the way, I began calling myself a “garden guide” because, it describes how I guide the perfect gardening scenario for YOU. Much like an adventure guide, I help my clients discover the perfect path to gardening success by meeting the needs of the garden and the gardener in a practical and creative ways.
Though my books, workshops, consultations, and digital materials, I empower green thumb gardening confidence so clients can develop, build, maintain, and integrate successful and bountiful gardens and enjoy the process!
Want to learn more about what I do & how I do it? Keep reading!
Or…want to find out more about me, Kelly? Then click here.
My 16 years teaching children ages birth to 18 in both formal and non-formal educational environments inspired me to delve into the work of reconnecting children and nature. I had a childhood grounded in nature and an adolescence focused on environmental and social responsibility which heavily influenced my adult lifestyle and career in holistic progressive education.
I draw from the work and philosophies of progressive educators such as Montessori, Steiner, Dewey, Ferrer, Sobel, and the historic Nature-Study educators. I am propelled to action by my own experiences with the modern child’s disconnection from her food sources and natural environment.
I earned a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1998, with a major in photography and a minor in art history. Since graduating from SCAD, I have been creating and exhibiting my own fine art and craft in intimate settings.
I received my Montessori 6-9 teaching certification from The American Montessori Society in 2004.
In 2012, I earned an MA with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Goddard College and self published Wings, Worms, and Wonder: A Guide for Creatively Integrating Gardening and Outdoor Learning Into Children’s Lives!
Beyond inspiring students, teachers, and home and community gardeners around the world through my book, blog, consultations, workshops, conference presentations, and book events, I do lot of work locally here in Neptune Beach, Florida.
I am the Education Coordinator for DIG Local, a non-profit though which I get to develop and facilitate community children’s gardens and free garden education workshops to local children and families. I also serve on DIG Local’s Advisory Board, teach nature journaling in the University of North Florida’s Continuing Education Department, created and advise the Nature-Study Program for Montessori Tides School.
Since leaving the classroom full time, I taught in the University of Richmond’s 2012 & 2013 Nature and Sustainability Institute and the 2013 Sustainability & Nature Symposium, and have presented my work at the 2012 Association for Experiential Education International Conference, the 2012 & 2013 North American Association for Environmental Education International Conferences, The 2013 Green Schools International Conference, the 2013 American Montessori Society International Conference, and the 2012, 2013 & 2014 Florida Learn Green Conferences.