Gemma Johnstone

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Gemma Johnstone

Gemma is a writer and editor who is passionate about sustainable living. She enjoys covering home, garden, and lifestyle topics and writes for The Spruce, Angi, the American Kennel Club, and more. In her spare time, Gemma loves rummaging for vintage homewares and hiking in the mountains with her rescue dog


  • Written for Earth Island Journal, TripSavvy, and the American Kennel Club
  • 15 years experience in the pet industry
  • Ran a dog business for 10 years


Gemma began her professional career in 2005 when she started working for the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She then went on to run her own dog business, Just Dogs, in Edinburgh for 10 years and enjoyed fundraising and volunteering for a number of local dog rescues.

For several years she traveled around Europe with her rescue dog Annie and wrote for pet-related publications before settling down in Italy, where she continues to write for various publications. Today, Gemma writes about gardening for The Spruce.


Gemma received a Bachelor of Arts at Queen Margaret University in 1998.

Education: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Location: Queen Margaret University

About The Spruce

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