Tips for creating an inviting outdoor entertaining space

Tips for creating an inviting outdoor entertaining space

Carmen Johnston, a Georgia-based garden designer and lifestyle expert, answered your questions on Thursday about designing an appealing outdoor space. She spent the pandemic creating lush backdrops for family living and entertaining that included plantings, flower beds and container gardens. Through her virtual business, Bespoke Garden Plans, Johnston collaborates with clients across the country to create custom gardens that match their location and needs. Johnston is the outdoor living designer for the 2022 HGTV Smart Home in Wilmington, N.C.

Here are some of the questions she answered:

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Helen Carefoot, writer and editorial aide for the Lifestyle section, produced this Q&A.

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