Our Contributors

Meet the Southwest Gardening Team

Southwest Gardening was created by four garden writers with decades of experience gardening in the Southwest. From Southern California to Texas, we cover it all. Here’s a little peek into their background.


Noelle Johnson



Noelle Johnson is a horticulturist, landscape consultant, certified arborist and garden writer. Also known as ‘AZ Plant Lady’, she’s the author of the popular garden blog, Ramblings From a Desert Garden and received her B.S. in Plant Biology with a concentration in Urban Horticulture from Arizona State University. Originally from California, Noelle now makes her home in the Phoenix area where she helps clients create attractive landscapes focusing on using beautiful, drought-tolerant plants that thrive in arid climates. As a garden writer, she contributes to Heirloom Gardener, Houzz, and Phoenix Home & Garden magazine. She is a noted speaker and appears on local television programs focusing on a variety of gardening subjects. When Noelle isn’t writing or helping other people with their landscapes, you’ll find her ‘playing’ in her own desert garden – growing fruits, vegetables, planting flowering shrubs and maybe a cactus or two.

Connect with Noelle on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Ann McCormick
Ann McCormick, Southwest Gardening contributor


If you enjoy herbs and organic gardening, you’ll want to meet Ann McCormick, the Herb ‘n Cowgirl. A life-long gardener, she has devoted her time for the last 20 years to writing and speaking about her favorite subject. Ann is a feature writer for The Dallas Morning News and a columnist for Herb Quarterly where she pens the “Herbalist Notebook.” The Herb ‘n Cowgirl also shares her love of herbs and her gardening techniques as a speaker and media guest. She lives in Fort Worth, TX with her husband of 35 years and an assortment of dogs. To find out more about the Herb ‘n Cowgirl visit her at www.herbncowgirl.com.

Teresa Odle

Teresa Odle, Southwest Gardening contributor


Teresa Odle is author of a blog on low-water gardening in the Southwest. She paid too little attention to her parents’ love of gardening, but caught the bug from her husband. Teresa trained as a Master Gardener in Albuquerque, N.M. She grew up in the Phoenix area, and has lived in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Teresa and her husband now attempt to manage four acres in zone 6B of southeastern New Mexico. The land includes a large xeric garden, herbs and vegetables and a small orchard that borders the Rio Ruidoso in Lincoln County. Teresa’s blog, Gardening in a Drought, won a 2016 national award for best writing in digital media from the Association for Garden Communicators. When she’s not outside or writing about gardening, Teresa works as a freelance editor and writer.

Connect with Teresa on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

 Jacqueline Soule

Jacqueline Soule is a long-time Southwest gardener and award-winning garden writer. Of her 11 books, nine are on gardening in our unique climate.  She has been a popular columnist for many years with weekly and monthly columns in a number of national, regional and local publications, including Southwest Trees & Turf, The Explorer Newspaper and Angie’s List magazine. Jacqueline has offered numerous community classes and is a popular speaker with landscape professionals and garden clubs.

Dr. Soule has a B.S. in Horticulture and a B.S. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona both with Honors and Cum Laude, a M.S. in Botany from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas.

Jacqueline grew up in Tucson and has traveled extensively around the globe studying the vegetation. Her garden is the entire landscape around her home, filled with plants that need as little care as possible. Minimal care is not her only plant selection criteria, however.  Plants must also provide color, texture and movement in the landscape. Food for the table is also a high priority. Many of the plants in her latest book were test grown in her own yard.