About Rebecca

Welcome to Harmony in the Garden!


Ever since I was a toddler (plucking the heads off my mother’s newly planted flower garden!), I’ve been happiest with my hands in the dirt. 

There’s something inherently grounding when working in a garden and creating something magical.  And when I’m able to do that for someone else, there’s nothing that brings me more joy.

Having gardened for 5-plus decades (yikes!), there’s one thing I know for sure – life can be hard, with life changing situations that seem to come out of nowhere. 

I shudder to think of where I’d be without a garden to help me navigate these challenging times.  Whether it’s a divorce, an illness, a sudden death, or a pandemic that just won’t go away – I am forever grateful to have my garden as a sanctuary.


I was born and raised in the Bay Area, lived a few years in Southern California, and now reside just outside of Sacramento, in zone-9 Granite Bay. 

What began as a garden design company over twenty years ago has since evolved into a life filled with anything and everything to do with gardening!

Whether I’m designing gardens, writing about them, or speaking to garden clubs throughout the country, my joy in cultivating beauty is what keeps me going.  I hope to share my joy with you!



Design & Consultation Services

Rebecca Sweet is a garden designer with her company Harmony in the Garden, located in Northern California. As a life-long gardener, Rebecca’s approach, artistic eye, and creative flair allow her to translate ideas into design. The result are unique and engaging spaces that delight the senses year-round.

Her gardens have been featured in many national publications, including Sunset, Fine Gardening, and Woman’s Day, as well as featured on the critically acclaimed PBS series Growing a Greener World


In addition to designing gardens, she is the author of the national best-selling book Refresh Your Garden Design with Color, Texture and Form  and  Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces.

Rebecca also shares her secrets to successful garden design in her column “Harmony in the Garden” in Horticulture magazine, as well as contributing articles to many popular garden publications, including Sunset, Fine Gardening, Woman’s Day, Horticulture, etc.

In her blog, Harmony in the Garden, Rebecca shares inside information about garden design, gardening tips, amusing observations, and how-to videos for both the novice and experienced gardener.


In addition to designing and writing, Rebecca’s passion is teaching gardeners how to design like professionals. Leading talks and workshops in the nation’s top flower and garden shows, and nurseries and garden clubs throughout the country, Rebecca inspires gardeners through innovative, practical, and fun horticultural subjects.


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Upcoming Speaking Events

September 16,2021
September 22,2021
October 6, 2021
October 22, 2021
February 9, 2022
March 11, 2022

Vertical Gardening

City of Federal Way, WA Garden Series
Zoom Presentation

Topic: TBD

Garden Club of Hingham, MA
10:00am EST
Zoom Presentation

When to Break the Rules (and how to get away with it!)

Diablo Women’s Garden Club, CA
In Person Presentation

The 7 Sins of Garden Design

San Diego Home & Garden Show, CA
Zoom Presentation

When to Break the Rules (and how to get away with it!)

Merced Garden Club, CA
In-Person Presentation

Topic: TBD

University Farm Circle Garden Club, Davis CA
In-Person Presentation

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