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, isn’t there?

And, when I’m able to share the joy and comfort a garden can provide with someone else, there’s nothing that brings me more joy.


Having gardened for 5-plus decades, there’s one thing I know for sure – life can be hard, with life changing events 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 had my garden as a sanctuary.

I was born and raised in the Bay Area where I lived for over 30 years. 

I spent a few years in Southern California (Laguna Beach), a few more years in Central California (San Luis Obispo), and now reside just outside of Sacramento, in zone-9 Granite Bay.   I also garden extensively at our family home in zone-6 Lake Tahoe. 

What began as a garden design company 24-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 love of cultivating sustainable beauty and sharing this information with others is what keeps me going.  

And finally, please join me on a tour of my personal garden, thanks to this lovely video created by Garden Gate Magazine.    Enjoy!  

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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 monthly contributions to Garden Design, past monthly columns 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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