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As Landscape Designer on This Old House and Ask This Old House, Jenn Nawada teaches solutions to viewers across the country to make their landscapes more beautiful and functional. Jenn has been working in the landscape design and build field since 2001 and for more than a decade, she has owned a design-build company. As a residential landscape designer, Jenn creates landscape plans that are sophisticated, stylish, and natural. She helps clients realize the potential of their land, which can lead to healthier connections between people and their environments. She designs, manages, and implements both large and midsize projects throughout the Boston area with some of the finest local professionals to ensure a successful completion of each project. Jenn first served as Landscape Designer on the This Old House Auburndale project in 2010, working alongside Roger Cook to create a welcoming garden out front while respecting the natural river habitat behind the home. Jenn later brought her smarts to Ask This Old House beginning in 2015, and officially became This Old House Landscape Contractor in January 2020. Jenn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Rollins College in Florida and a Master of Arts in Landscape Design and Land Use Planning from the Conway School of Landscape Design in Massachusetts. She has been a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist since 2004. Prior to owning her own business, she was lead designer at a design firm in Boston, worked at a large-scale nursery in the Boston suburbs, and even worked as an Environmental Education Instructor in Vermont. Jenn lives in an early 1900s house in the Boston area with her husband and two sons. Follow Jenn on Twitter @JNawadaTOH


How to Reimagine a Historic Landscape Design

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada uses an historic landscape design from a protégé of Frederick Law Olmsted as inspiration to transform an overgrown backyard.

S20 E3, Jenn Nawada discusses ground covers

18 Low-Maintenance Ground Covers for Any Type of Yard

Landscaping expert Jenn Nawada explains how ground cover plants are a creative alternative to rocks and mulch, and then tells us about some of her favorite varieties.

S20 E2, Jenn Nawada designs a high-traffic landscape

How to Design a High Traffic Landscape

Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada works with a homeowner who lives on a corner lot to create an attractive, durable landscape that can withstand heavy pedestrian traffic.


How to Revitalize a Landscape for Free

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada updates a landscape by moving around, dividing, and pruning the current plants in the yard.

How to build a self-watering vegetable garden

How to Build a Self-Watering Vegetable Garden

In this DIY Smarts project, Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada travels to Raleigh, North Carolina to help a couple build and plant a self-watering vegetable garden.


Why is This Lawn Patchy?

Ask This Old House landscape contractors Roger Cook and Jenn Nawada share DIY Smarts tips for killing weeds without hurting the lawn.


How the Building Trades were Impacted During COVID-19

The This Old House team shares how the pandemic affected each of their trades. They talk about the changes in their industries and the challenges they all faced.


All About Ornamental Grasses

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada discusses a variety of ornamental grasses, how to care for them, and how to incorporate them into a landscape design.


How to Grow Grasses on the Prairie

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada partners with an ecologist in Cheyenne, Wyoming to learn about different types of prairie grasses and how to care for them


All About Mulch

Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada explains the purposes of different types of mulch and demonstrates a few application techniques.