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.





Potting Up Plants, An Illustrated Story of the History & Fashion of Flower Pots

Since the beginning of time plants have moved around the world. Call them what you choose---flowerpots, plant pots, containers or tubs---pots brought 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, the development of plant science, and even fashion.


“Potting up Plants” is an illustrated look into the rich history and various styles of flower pots as well as the universal garden wisdom provided by these vessels.  Beautiful images from gardens of the world will be presented by columnist Linda Larson, A Traveling Gardener, wandering, wondering noticing. . . .  Linda has traveled to over 800 gardens in 31 countries and all 50 United States.  She is always trying to find room for just one more flower pot in her home garden.   



The Art of Gardening

Since Gertrude Jekyll declared creating a garden is a fine art equal to painting or sculpture, gardeners have eagerly used elements of color, line, form, and composition. So it’s only natural the art masterpieces of gardens on the walls of great museums and masterpiece gardens throughout the world influence our own backyard gardens. Indeed our gardens become our living artistic creations: and like art, affect us, move us, and touch our emotions. As a result, we turn to gardens not only to nourish our bodies but also for conversation, recreation, and to restore our spirit. Illustrated with original images from public and private gardens around the world highlighting ideas to delight and inspire listeners to design their own masterpiece gardens. 


The Best View of Our World: Through a Garden!


Gardens provide perfect destinations. Indeed, exploring the world through gardens is a captivating way to travel. Every visit reveals stories about the challenges to create a garden as well as the gardeners who plant the seeds. In a garden, you discover the architecture, the power & social struggles of the time.  Weaving stories from personal travel to over 800 gardens in 31 countries this is a visual adventure that will inspire you to venture down garden paths. Exploring the world one garden at a time this program is illustrated with nature’s beauty, curiosities, and wonders.


Remarkable Trees

Please join me on a journey as we encounter remarkable trees from around the world. Trees grow older, bigger and stronger than anything else in our world. They feed us, shelter us, make us oxygen, amaze us and sometimes annoy us.  Throughout human history, we have celebrated trees in story, song, and verse. Yet trees are often an overlooked, silent backdrop with their limbs reaching into the sky, yet without trees, there is no us!  This program is 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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Stellar presentation

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.

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