Garden Speaker

Need An Expert Garden Speaker?


Are you looking for a desert garden expert to speak to your group or next conference? Noelle is a popular speaker who is a horticulturist, landscape consultant, and garden instructor who lives and gardens in the Phoenix area. Popularly known as AZ Plant Lady®, Noelle is a confident, experienced speaker who is passionate about helping people garden in a hot, dry climate.

Gardening in the desert isn’t hard, BUT it is different. It can be a daunting task, especially in such a different climate with the unique challenges of blistering heat and dryness “where plants go to die”.

Noelle shares her expert tips on how to create, grow, and maintain a landscape that adds beauty and thrives in the desert throughout the Southwest.

Come See Me Speak!

Take a look at the talks I have coming up. Follow the links to the event websites and grab a ticket to come see me when you are in. town!

2023 Speaking Schedule:

  • 01/12 Creative Container Gardening – Carefree (Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion)
  • 01/23 Year-Round Color – Verde River Club
  • 02/02 Fuss Free Plants (Virtual) – Tucson Botanical Garden
  • 02/21 Butterfly Gardening – Desert Botanical Garden
  • 03/02 SRP Water Conservation Expo (Book Signing only) – 1 E. Continental Dr. Tempe
  • 03/15 Citrus Care (Virtual) – Tucson Botanical Garden
  • 03/19 SRP Water Conservation – Strategies for Saving Water in the Desert Garden
  • 04/02 Heat-Proof Gardening – Verde River Club
  • 04/20 Heat-Proof Gardening – Lone Mountain
  • 05/03 Creating Shade (Virtual) – Tucson Botanical Garden
  • 05/10 Heat-Proof Gardening – Desert Horticulture Conference – Tucson
  • 08/09 Shade Conference – Phoenix
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I received so many compliments about Noelle’s presentations…

I received so many compliments about Noelle’s presentations during the Hummingbird Festival. Some who had been to all of our prior festivals said it was the best gardening-themed presentations of any year. Your relaxed style contributed greatly to that. – Ross Hawkins, Director Hummingbird Society

Was Blown Away!

I took your class yesterday and was blown away. Terrific presentation-concise, to the point and packed with so much useful information! Truly, you inspire me. Christine Froehlich

What Others Are Saying

Well Done!

Thank you very much for presenting at our Saturday morning garden seminar.  We had the largest attendance we ever had and very few left during the break.  My guess is that those who left grew tired of standing. The many questions asked were proof of how you held the audience’s interest.  Everyone left with good ideas of how to better manage their garden. Well done!  We are fortunate to have had you speak. John Crane, Mayor of Carefree, AZ

I lapped up every drop!

A great treat and honor to meet *the* AZ Plant Lady and to revel in her knowledge, wisdom, humor, and confidence at her “Landscape for Maintenance” class at the Desert Botanical Garden. She’s the real deal, and I lapped up every drop of what she imparted to the class. It occurred to me during the class that what she was sharing is just the tip of the iceberg of all that she knows. You would do well to find out where she teaches or speaks next and then be there! Melinda Thomas

You are a fine teacher and a treasure of a resource to our community!

Thank you so much for teaching this virtual class!  You are both a fine teacher and a treasure of a resource to our community. It was the best money I’ve spent in a long time. So useful to me personally. This is knowledge I wish all southern Arizona gardeners and landscapers could have – it would be a huge plus for our environment. Pam Shack

What Kind Of Talk Are You Looking For?

I would love to be invited to speak at your next event or gathering. I have listed my most popular topics below. You can email me directly at or use the contact form below to select your topic of choice and send me your email so I can connect with you.

My Available Speaking Topics

Butterfly Gardening in the Desert Garden

Color Gardens 

Creative Container Gardening

Desert Gardening Simplified

Flowering All Year

Fuss-Free Gardening

Gardening for Birds in the Desert

Growing Roses in the Desert

Hummingbird Container Gardening

Landscape Design for Reduced Maintenance

Shade Gardening in a Hot, Dry Climate

Succulents for the Desert Garden

The Heat-Proof Desert Garden

Choose A Speaking Topic Today And I’ll Get In Touch With You About Your Needs!

Please reach out to me for information on booking me as a speaker. I normally respond in a few hours but it can take up to 2 business days to get a response. You can email me at Happy Gardening!

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Meet Noelle – Your Next Garden Speaker!

Noelle lives in the greater Phoenix area where she works as a landscape consultant. She received her B.S. in Urban Horticulture from Arizona State University in 1998 and has been helping people learn how to garden in a challenging climate for over 20 years.

She does this through her popular blog, ‘Ramblings From a Desert Garden’ and her online class Desert Gardening 101. Speaking to people in person, radio, and television are other ways that Noelle teaches and inspires desert-dwellers of the many opportunities of creating and maintaining a beautiful outdoor space that thrives in a hot, dry climate.

Contact Noelle Johnson today to discuss fees and make reservations. She is also available for radio and television interviews.