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Gemma Johnstone

location-pin Courmayeur, Valle d'Aosta, Italy

School: Queen Margaret University

Expertise: landscaping and garden, pest control, cleaning and organization, decor and design, pets, outdoors and camping

Gemma Johnstone

  • Passionate about sustainable design.
  • Avid plant collector.
  • BA in Communication Studies.


Gemma Johnstone has been writing professionally about home and landscape design for more than five years. She’s interviewed countless subject matter experts and written hundreds of home and gardening how-to guides, cost outlines and listicles, regularly contributing to publications such as Forbes Home, Family Handyman, Reader’s Digest, Better Home and Gardens and The Spruce. In her spare time, you’ll find Gemma avidly tending her prized plant collection or researching the next big sustainable interior design trend.


Queen Margaret University BA Communication and Media Studies

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