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. 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 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. She is the creator of the popular online class, Desert Gardening 101 which has helped countless desert dwellers.

As a writer, she has contributed to Birds & Blooms, Home Depot, Houzz, and Water Use It Wisely. Noelle is an instructor at the Desert Botanical Garden and a noted speaker. 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 Pinterest.

Ann McCormickAnn 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. The Herb ‘n Cowgirl also shares her love of herbs and her gardening techniques as a online instructor and media guest. She lives in Fort Worth, TX with her husband of 37 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 of land 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, Teresa works as editor of African Violet Magazine and as a freelance editor and writer.

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

 Jacqueline Soule


Dr. Jacqueline Soule is a Botanist and Ethnobotanist, but more important here – a long-time Southwest gardener and award-winning garden writer. Of her 14 books, 11 are about gardening in our unique climate. Along with authoring books, Jacqueline has been a popular columnist for many years with weekly and monthly columns in a number of national, regional and local publications. She currently blogs for a number of sites, and is working on launching a podcast.

Jacqueline is a member of Great Garden Speakers and is a popular speaker with landscape professionals and garden clubs. She also conducts hands-on workshops such as using herbs locally grown to create tasty meals of healthy beauty products. Jacqueline gives back to the community in the form of monthly volunteer Horticulture Therapy programs in a number of area nursing homes.

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 books, blogs, and articles are test grown in her own yard.

Connect with Jacqueline through her websites & social media:

Gardening With Soule

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Savor The SW

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