Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker are garden designers, writer and lecturers. They have authored weekly gardening articles for the Holliston Reporter, Holliston Tab and Gatehouse Media, Inc., which have been published nationally.
Jana and Joan lecture on a variety of gardening topics to garden clubs, community education classes and special interest groups. They are past presidents of the Holliston Garden Club and are active in local, state and national horticultural organizations.
Jana Milbocker has a passion for landscape design and horticulture, and has been gardening on her 2-acre property in Holliston’s historic district for 20 years. The garden surrounding her Victorian home features more than 140 varieties of trees and shrubs, perennial gardens, peony and rose beds, water features and shady retreats. Jana is interested in all aspects of design—spatial relationships, the interplay of light and shadow, color theory, texture, proportion and plant combinations.
Trained as a graphic designer, Jana brings years of critical design thinking, clarity and cohesiveness to her landscape solutions. Her professional experience includes twenty five years as an art director and designer. Jana holds a BFA in Graphic Design, an MBA, and has completed continuing education courses in landscape design.
Joan ButlerJoan Butler has been an enthusiastic gardener for over 30 years, and believes gardens should invite you to linger in the world outside your door. The gardens that surround her neighborhood colonial feature exciting plant combinations, dramatic horticultural specimens and surprising playful touches. A water garden, statuary, and collections of hosta, heuchera and epimedium add to the beauty of the space. Her gardens have been included on several garden tours. Joan combines good design principles with her knowledge and love of plants to produce landscapes that are at once welcoming and distinct.
Joan received a BA in Geology and has completed courses in drafting, landscape design, garden study and floral design. She is currently the Chairman of the Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts, Chairman of Civic Development for the Garden Club
Federation of MA and the New England Region of NGC. She was Co-Chairman of the Garden Selection Committee for the American Hosta Society national convention. Joan
is an Accredited Flower Show Judge and works as a Horticultural Consultant at Weston Nurseries.