Linda Larson

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Mesa, Arizona 85202

For over a decade Linda has been exploring the world thru gardens wandering in 800 gardens on five continents, in 31 countries & 50 US states. She shares her insight & discoveries thru engaging programs illustrated w/ nature’s beauty & curiosities


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A Traveling Gardener, 

   wandering, wondering, noticing. . . . .

Linda Larson is an advocate for the importance of public green space and the value of nature in our lives. A lifelong lover of flowers, Master Gardener, Faculty Emeritus of Mesa College and gardener in Mesa, Az for over 30 years. Linda writes a monthly "Traveling Gardener" column for the Maricopa County Master Gardener newsletter, Roots & Shoots and AFGC State Newsletter, Greenleaf. One of her earliest memories is of daffodils lining the winding stone path to her grandmother’s door. Linda encourages audiences around the country to discover the beauty and enjoyment of public gardens at home and in their travels. In 2014 she visited 140 gardens in the U.S., Canada and Australia.


Continually exploring gardens everywhere she goes, she entertains readers and audiences as she shares her insight and discoveries. Her inviting website offers readers the opportunity to be whisked away on a mini vacation through her colorful narratives and lush photography.


She has released her first collection of essays pulled from her series, A Traveling Gardener. Based in Phoenix’s desert valley, Larson brings readers along on her travels both home and abroad, with a gentle directive that you too, can slow down, notice and enjoy nature’s beauty no matter where you travel.The Traveling Gardener, Wandering, Wondering, Noticing…is available on Amazon. It features a collection of illuminating essays and dazzling photographs that take you on a virtual tour of gardens, some grand and famous, and some surprising jewels hidden away from the mainstream. Part travelogue, part assurance, the essays spotlight the dedication, inspiration, whimsy, healing and discovery involved in cultivating a living, ever changing garden visit.




 Best View of Our World  Gardens, large & small, provide destinations all around the globe and exploring the world through gardens is a captivating way to travel.  For every garden there is the story of the gardener who planted the seeds & arranged the ground, there are the homes they built, revealing the social structure of the time and the power & struggle required to make a garden.  Weaving a story of personal travel to over 800 gardens in 31 countries this is a travel adventure that will inspire and give you tips to help you venture on to garden paths. Exploring the world one garden at a time is a captivating way to travel.  This program combines travel adventure and garden stories illustrated with nature’s beauty, curiosities, and wonders.

Potting up Plants

What does your garden have in common with Giverny, the Desert Botanical, Brooklyn Botanical and Alcazar Gardens of Seville Spain?  Flower pots!   Call them what you choose---flowerpots, plant pots, containers or tubs---pots brought our garden plants from all over the world to our own little spot of earth. The pots we find in our gardens today are the result of the evolution of available materials for making pots, plant science and style. “Potting up Plants” is an illustrated look back into the history of flower pots, the changing fashions and garden wisdom provided by these vessels.  Beautiful images from gardens of North America and Europe and Australia illustrate the ideas. 


The Art of Gardening

Art masterpieces on the walls of great museums and masterpiece gardens throughout the world influence our own backyard gardens. Since Gertrude Jekyll declared that garden making is a fine art equal to painting, gardeners have eagerly used elements of color, line, form and composition. Our gardens become our living artistic creations.  Gardens, like art, affects us, move us, and most importantly touch our emotions. This is why humanity has turned to gardens for conversation, recreation, food and restoration of the spirit. Illustrated with original images from public and private gardens across the U.S, Canada, Australia, Europe, British Isles and Scandinavia. The ideas are sure to delight and inspire listeners to design their own masterpiece garden using five memorable guidelines.

Remarkable Trees


Join me on a journey of remarkable tree encounters in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Africa and Canada. Trees grow older, bigger and stronger than we humans. They feed us, shelter us, amaze us and annoy us.  Throughout human history we celebrate trees in story, song and verse. Trees are often the overlooked, silent backdrop, reaching into the sky with little attention from us, yet without trees there is no us!  An inspiring and life affirming story of the importance of nature in our lives.









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Fantastic and Engaging

Michelle Bennett from Terre Haute, IN - 05/31/2018 09:31:57

Linda was absolutely fantastic and engaging! Through her presentation about her favorite world gardens she was able share her enjoyment and love of gardens and travel with every person in the room. Everyone walked away from the presentation wanting to go on our own garden adventure.

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Kathie Smith May from Scottsdale AZ - 03/22/2018 16:12:18

Very engaging and informative presentation. Not only do you become informed about the voice and energy of trees, you learn how to become an advocate.

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The Art of the Garden

Judy Tolbert from Sun Lakes, AZ - 03/09/2018 16:30:24

Linda recently spoke at our local garden club in Sun Lakes, AZ and shared her wonderful presentation of “The Art of the Garden”. I have seen many of Linda’s presentations and each one is unique and extremely interesting. She is one of those speakers who will keep you engaged throughout the entire program. I have left every one of Linda’s presentations with new knowledge and an increased admiration for her dedication and professionalism.