Johanna Silver is the Garden Editor at Sunset Magazine. She began at Sunset in 2008, managing the editorial test garden where she designed, built, and maintained small gardens for publication in the magazine. By 2009 she earned a James Beard award for her online contributions to Sunset’s One Block Diet project, a garden-to-table experiment. Since joining the editorial team in 2010, she has teamed with the travel, food, and home departments, writing garden features and cover stories, and contributing to all of Sunset’s outlets, including in print, online, video, and books. In 2016, she oversaw the creation of new editorial test gardens as part of the brand's historic move from Menlo Park to Oakland and Sonoma. Her work has been featured in Architectual Digest, Refinery29, Popsugar, and more, and her collaborations helped earn Sunset The American Society of Magazine Editors’ award for General Excellence in 2014, and a nomination again in 2015.
Johanna travels the Western United States covering trends in agriculture and gardening, from a surge in peony farming in Homer, Alaska to the front lines of landscape design in Los Angeles. She is a frequent lecturer on drought tolerant, container, and edible gardening. Her first book, The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden (Timber Press) is available everywhere books are sold.