To help you create and maintain a beautiful garden that thrives in the desert

Who am I and how can I help you?

Hello! I am delighted you are here. This is the home of Through the Garden Gate, a garden membership and community for desert dwellers. I'm all about helping you create the garden of your dreams and learning how to care for it the right way. Most importantly, it's about having fun in the garden! As a horticulturist, I've worked with thousands of people like you who struggle to garden in a hot, dry climate, to turn their garden goals into reality and I'm here to help you too!

No matter whether you are brand-new to the desert with no ideas where to start, a long-time resident who is tired of a lackluster outdoor space, or if you are tired of wasting time and money with little to show for it and are looking for more help and support, I've got you covered. I have resources in the membership to help you make the progress you want, no matter what stage you are at.

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Does this sound like you?

  • You want a landscape filled with healthy plants that thrive in a hot, dry climate but have no idea how to achieve it.
  • You are confused by conflicting information provided by so-called garden experts and have no idea who to trust.
  • You'd love to know what plants do well in the desert with little fuss.
  • You're tired of paying a landscaper to care for your landscape as they don't seem to much more than "mow, blow, and go" and turn your flowering shrubs into balls, cupcakes, and squares.
  • Most of all, you wish you had someone to guide you in the desert landscape.

Pleasure to meet you!

Hi! I'm Noelle Johnson.

  • You may know me better as 'AZ Plant Lady', horticulturist, landscape consultant, instructor, and author of the popular gardening blog, Ramblings From a Desert Garden.
  • I've built a successful career as a landscape consultant and instructor where I help people like you learn how to garden in a challenging climate.
  • But, I didn't always know how to garden in the desert - there is a long trail of dead plants in my past to prove it. I killed just about everything I planted. However, I knew that there had to be a way to learn how and I was determined to figure it out.
  • After learning my degree in horticulture and a 25+ year career, I have been helping desert dwellers learn how to successfully create their own landscape in a hot, dry climate.
  • Throughout my career, I've taught at the Desert Botanical Garden and Tucson Botanical Gardens. I've also worked with the Associated Press, Houzz, NPR, PBS, Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, and the folks at Water Use It Wisely. All, to help people like you garden in the desert.

What if you had a place...

  • Where you had a resource that could answer your specific garden questions.
  • Have detailed information on plants that will do best in the desert along with how to care for them.
  • Have a fun and supportive community to learn from and encourage you along your journey.
  • Where you can explore the countless possibilities within the desert garden and have fun doing it.

There is a way to garden with confidence and enjoy your time in the garden.

Introducing Through the Garden Gate!

This is my popular online garden club where I provide exclusive monthly content to help you along your desert garden journey.

Whether you are brand new to gardening, a new desert resident, or experienced gardener - my membership club is a FUN and EASY way to learn more about gardening in the desert.

Members learn and put into practice what they learn each month into their own garden and loving it!

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4 ways I can help you...

  • Monthly training video

Each month, a new training video is added to the membership site, which is available online and accessible 24/7 in a simple private login area. The videos focus on a seasonally relevant topic designed to take the mystery away and explain the how-to in easy to understand language.

  • Coaching

Twice a month, I host a live coaching session within our exclusive Facebook group where I will answer your questions and guide you along on your desert garden journey. This is expert advice that will help you move forward. It doesn't matter whether you are a desert garden newbie or one with more experience.

  • Community of fellow desert gardeners

Within our members-only Facebook group, you will enjoy the support of members who are on the same journey as you are. This is a place where you can share your struggles and successes within our welcoming community who are there to cheer you on.

  • Library of plant profiles

Every month, you will receive a new plant profile of my one of my favorite plants along with how to use them in the garden and maintain them the right way.

I want to sign up today!

Here is what you get in Through the Garden Gate:

Live Group Coaching

  • Our twice-monthly group coaching session takes place on our exclusive Facebook page
  • You will receive answers to your specific questions to help you achieve your goals
  • I'll share timely advice that can be implemented right away during the coaching sessions

Garden Training Video

  • Each month, members get a new training video that focuses on a specific garden topic accessed on through secure online portal
  • Each video is 10-15 minutes long and easy to follow along and implement what you've learned

Plant of the Month

  • Downloadable profiles of my favorite trees, shrubs, perennials, and succulents that thrive in the desert with little fuss
  • Details of where to plant and how to maintain the right way
  • Best plants to pair them with for a beautifully designed landscape

Exclusive Facebook Group

  • A members-only area where our live group coaching sessions occur
  • Where members enjoy the community of fellow desert dwellers who are exploring the world of gardening in a challenging environment along with you.

Each month, you can practice what you will be learning, as the monthly content will focus on what you should be doing right now in the landscape.

The resources of Through the Garden Gate are available for current members. You will be automatically charged $24.99 every month. Credit card information is safely stored and processed through a separate encrypted service (I never see your credit card information). You have the ability to cancel your membership at any time.

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Here Is What People Are Saying...

Through the Garden Gate is worth every penny! 

Noelle does a wonderful job of conveying truly helpful information in a way that's encouraging, upbeat, and not at all intimidating. Even though I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable gardener, I always learn new things I can implement in my own garden.


This is amazing!

Getting into Noelle's group was a no-brainer, seriously.

But, it wasn't because it was a brilliant and affordable idea, but because I have gotten so much VALUE from what you offer in your blog and free content that I wanted to learn more.

It's impressive and I'm excited to see where you'll take it next.


What an excellent resource for newbies to the desert!

So many books and materials on the internet really aren't suited to the desert. Noelle's membership offers a truly affordable easy way to get access to targeted information and personal feedback unlike any other resource out there.

I have learned more in a month than I every could have on my own.


Through the Garden Gate Membership Club is a recurring monthly subscription

You can cancel at any time

Through the Garden Gate is geared for residents who live in the desert regions of USDA Planting Zones 8 through 10. These include the regions of the Coachella Valley, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, and the Colorado River Valley.

Want More Help in Your Desert Garden?

I've got you covered. Join the membership to access...

  • Bi-monthly group coaching sessions so you can learn what you need for your garden
  • Monthly training video tailored to what you need to know now and how to implement
  • Fuss-free plant profiles that add beauty and shrug off the desert heat
  • A friendly and inviting community of fellow desert gardeners for you to connect with

*Once you join, all the resources of the membership club are yours to enjoy.

Enjoy success and fun in the desert garden with expert tips and guidance

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I'd love to help you on your desert garden journey!