Johanna Silver
You'd think that Johanna would bring some serious Rocky Mountain credibility to the Westphoria team by being a Denver native, but forget it – she hates skiing, loathes Fat Tire, and basically has a fear of camping (a bear could eat me). Sorry, Colorado! She regains all cred by being a fully-transitioned Bay Area cliché–knowing how to slaughter a chicken, occasionally biking 40 miles to work, and not batting an eye while blasting the heat during a freezing San Francisco summer.

Recent Posts By Johanna Silver

Floral design from the color wheel

Did you catch our March story on floral design tips from the pro? Debra Prinzing, author, Seattle-ite, and dear friend of Sunset, shares her choice tips on using color theory when arranging flowers to avoid a vase of confetti.

Planting Ideas: Spring Fever

Celebrate spring with some bright, juicy foliage to light up your shade garden. Woven together like a tapestry these three plants fuse together effortlessly, each leaf shape distinct yet the color


Planting Ideas: Orchestral Movement in the Key of Lime

Greetings, friends. It’s time for our monthly installment of planting ideas from Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz, the Seattle-based authors of Fine Foliage. Why this works: The daring showiness of this foliage combination in the late winter or early spring depending on your location is a rather musical mix that lends itself to a feeling of hearing a new zesty groove but with a […]

Planting Ideas: Winter Chic

It’s time for our monthly installment of planting ideas from Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz, the Seattle-based authors of Fine Foliage. This year-round combination is a sure cure for the winter blues when we crave a bold splash of color.