Joanne Kostecky Petito

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1817 Apple Tree Lane Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015

Joanne is an Int’l award winning landscape designer. Former owner of J K Garden Design, constructing for 35 years, is now a design coach. Her passion for plants, good design, and the new nature design style is evident in all her presentations.





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Passionate about design, plants, and creating beautiful spaces, Joanne’s powerpoint presentations show dramatic before and after images of her work which illuminate the possibilities of what can be done with plants, structure of some kind, and skilled design.   She travels the country inspiring professionals and gardeners about how to achieve beautiful spaces by using the elements of design and at the same time, always having an eye toward helping the food web and thinking about sustainable landscapes.  The New Nature Design Style is an exciting new way of thinking about landscapes in the future.  Everyone who has any outdoor space can do something to have a positive impact on our environment.  Examples of her work can be seen on her website, House Scape under the landscape section.  Having sold her company, Joanne Kostecky Garden Design, Inc., she is now doing design coaching and speaking. 

 Joanne has been awarded over 100 international, national, state and local design awards.  She has received the Hall of Fame Award from the American Nursery and Landscape Assoc. and Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Assoc.  She is one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, Working Woman Magazine’s Entrepreneurial Excellence in Customer Service Award, Excellence in Business from the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Spotlight as president by Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal.  She is past president of the American Nursery and Landscape Assoc., the first woman in 130 years, past president of the National Landscape Assoc., Junior League of the Lehigh Valley, and the Great Valley Girl Scout Council Woman of Distinction.  She is a certified member and charter member of the Association of Landscape Designers; she is a certified Landscape Design Critic from the National Federation of Garden Clubs.  She attended Rutgers University, Cook College.  

Joanne has appeared in articles of these magazines and newspapers 

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Home, Good Housekeeping, This Old House, Entrepreneur, Woman’s Day Gardening and Deck Design, American Nurseryman, Philadelphia Inquirer, Kiplinger Magazine, Elan of Fairfax County, Hunterdon County of New Jersey Life, and many Lehigh Valley magazines and newspapers.

Joanne has spoken:

Perennial Plant Assoc. Symposium, Toronto, Landscape Contracting Ontario, Toronto, Iowa Landscape and Nursery Assoc., Des Moines, New Jersey Landscape and Nursery Winter Conference, Somerset, NJ, National Federation Garden Club, Hartforad, CT,, National Federation Garden Club, Bethlehem, PA (2), Garden Symposium, Master Gardener Program, Lancaster, PA, Pittsburgh Garden Center, CENTS, Ohio Landscape and Nursery Assoc., (2), PA Landscape and Nursery Assoc. Winter Conference, State College, PA, Garden Writers Assoc. at the Phila. Flower Show, Construction Specifier's Institute, Allentown, PA, Manorview Nursery and Landscape Contractors Conference, Baltimore, MD., Babikow Nursery and Landscape Contractors Conference, Baltimore, MD, Waterloo Gardens Landscape Contractor Seminar, Philadelphia, PA.   


New Nature Design Style—What Is It and How to Achieve It

Learn about a new way to design that helps the food web by the choices of plants and the style in which they are planted to manage a landscape instead of maintain it. 

Going from Forgettable to Memorable

Many homes have great potential but they either have overgrown or sheered plants around their foundation, or they never invested in creating a beautiful outdoor living area for them to relax and enjoy.  Learn how to create memorable spaces with the elements of design, and some plants. 

Helping the Food Web with Plants in Your Garden

Did you know that you could stabilize and expand the food webs so biodiversity of ever so important insects can be saved?  From the perspective of wildlife, a more diverse herbaceous layer makes all the difference.   

Structure in the Garden

A very important element in the garden is structure.  This comes in many forms to create and define a space.  It can be paving, for example, or it could be particular plants used in the garden or landscape.  See and hear about examples and the impact they have on the space. 

Small Space Landscape Inspiration

More people today than ever are working with small space gardens.  Lovely things can happen in small space gardens because one has the ability to impact the entire space rather than having large areas of grass for example.  

Wow!  Is That Really the Same Space?

See and learn from examples of before and after landscapes from international award winning projects.  Why these landscapes were chosen and Joanne’s thought process going into the design to make it be beautiful using elements of design and the right plant for the right place. 

My Top 30 Plants for Zone 6

Having designed and placed millions of plants in her 35-year career of the owner and lead designer of Joanne Kostecky Garden Design, Inc., an international award winning company, she has chosen her favorite 30 plants.  When one reads descriptions of plants, they all sound wonderful and as one works with many of them, some are not so wonderful and others are fabulous.  Be inspired by some great plants!

DIY Landscapes for your Home

Some people love to garden and they would much rather save money on labor to have more to buy plants, hardscape, accessories, etc.  This lecture is some basic but very important information to help you be able to DIY and have it look like it was professionally done.

Design Secrets for Outstanding Landscapes

This program is about how to use the elements of design with many examples of how they are used in different ways and different circumstances to achieve beauty.  By pointing out the various elements used in a design, one can learn how to use them in their own property.

No Fuss Plants for a Simplified Lifestyle

More and more, people are looking for beautiful gardens that require a minimum amount of effort to maintain them.  From her many years of experience creating and installing gardens, Joanne is sharing the plants she feels achieve this the best.

Lessons from Great Public Gardens Around the World

From the perspective of a landscape designer’s eye, Joanne will share some beautiful public gardens in the USA and in foreign countries that have inspired her and hopefully you, the viewer, too.

Gardens That Inspire

Sit back and enjoy some beautiful gardens, some lovely design detail, special features and lovely plants from public and private gardens.

Outdoor Structures that Enhance the Garden

Adding something built into a garden or landscape often gives it that wonderful feature that is needed to go from nice to memorable.  See a wide variety of examples of the built structure or feature.

 Joanne's speaker fees depend on distance and length of time speaking.


Bethlehem, PA 18015, United States, North America

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Landscape design

Steve Wills from Florence ky - 12/13/2016 20:50:47

I have been with Joanne as she made presentations and lead groups in discussions. I know her to be well versed in her knowledge of garden design and to be an excellent presenter.

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Master in garden design

Sharon Smith from Bethlehem PA - 11/28/2016 18:05:53

Very knowledgeable in gardening design

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Program Chair, Bethlehem Garden Club

Cathleen Bannon from Coopersburg - 11/23/2016 17:53:06

Joanne was our featured speaker in October. She was positively inspiring with her knowledge and her new perspective of garden design. I would highly recommend Joanne to speak at any garden event. The membership was thrilled with her presentation and knowledge of this new garden design. I, myself, have purchased one of her recommended books "Planting New Perspective", author Piet Oudolf and Noel Kingsbury. A winner to be sure!!!