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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

S17 E21, Jenn Nawada shows how to prune

How to Choose and Use Pruners

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada shares some tips about pruners.

S20 E17, Jenn Nawada and Mark McCullough build a stone water fountain

How to Build a Stone Water Fountain

Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada and mason Mark McCullough team up to build a simple stone water feature that makes a big impact.

S16 E3, Jenn Nawada builds a water feature

How to Install a Water Feature that Reuses Rainwater

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada installs a water feature that collects and reuses rainwater.

S20 E16, Jenn Nawada talks about becoming a landscape designer

How Jenn Nawada Became a Landscape Designer

Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada explains how she found her trade and how she ended up on the team at Ask This Old House.

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.

S20 E11, Jenn Nawada discusses holly

All About Holly Bushes

Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada explains how to identify and care for holly plants and incorporate them into a landscape.


How to Transform Your Landscape Using Existing Plants

Ask This Old House landscape designer Jenn Nawada uses a homeowner’s existing plants and a few additions to transform the look of a house’s foundation

S20 E7, Jenn Nawada discusses protecting plants from cold weather

How to Protect Your Garden From Cold Weather

Landscape contractor Jenn Nawada shows host Kevin O’Connor how to preserve and protect a garden over the winter.

S20 E4, Nathan Gilbert and Jenn Nawada build a backyard ice rink

How to Build a Backyard Ice Rink

In this video, Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada and carpenter Nathan Gilbert help a homeowner build a backyard ice rink for her kids that they can use year after year.


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.