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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
Interests: Facebook: Garden Design Online Twitter: GdnDesignOnline
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Garden Design Early Spring 15 * Eight rules for professional designs * Designer Profile: Brandon Tyson * Designer Interview: Mikyoung Kim * Great gardens: Hawaii (R.L. Scott Seymour); LA (Andre Price Jackson); Florida (DWY Landscape Architects) *Plus plants, artists and much more. Landscape Architecture March 15 *Play areas that use... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at GardenDesignOnline
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click on images to enlarge The top landscape prize at this year's Philadelphia Flower Show, not surprisingly, went to Leon Kluge Garden Design of South Africa. His firm's interpretation of the 2015 theme -- The Movies -- focused on the film "Maleficient." The movie featured Angelina Jolie in the starring... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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It's all lights and action at this year's Philadelphia Flower Show, the oldest and biggest in the USA. Take the red carpet through the Art Deco theater entry, surrounded by roses named after Hollywood stars (Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor, Henry Fonda, Barbra Streisand), plus 1500 calla lilies, 1400... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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As I'm staring out at mountains of snow, it's hard to believe that anything is actually going to emerge from the ground. But there is always hope, and when I think of edible gardening, I always think of an acquaintance who grows more than enough to feed a family of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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Dreaming about those baskets hanging from your front porch? Apparently, there's no relief from the cold weather in the northeast through the end of this month, so head to the New York Botanical Garden for a great preview of spring. The orchid show this year is "Chandeliers," and the garden's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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Lights, the Red Carpet, even celebrities ... it's all there at this year's Philadelphia Flower Show, "Celebrate the Movies." The Rose Garden will feature roses named after stars of the screen, including Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Fonda and Barbra Streisand. Exhibits by professional floral and landscape designers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected events from around the country: Exhibitions: thru March 8, Orchid Mania, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Botanical Garden, 216-721-1600 thru March 15, Orchid Show, Glencoe, IL Chicago Botanic Garden, 847-835-5440 thru March 22, Orchid Show, St. Louis, MO Missouri Botanical Garden, 314-577-5100 thru March 29, Orchid Extravaganza, Kennett Square, PA Longwood... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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It's just one of those things. If you're a professional designer, it's all well and good to read about projects designed by true experts, but what you really want is to see a copy of the master plan. In this new book, Frederick Law Olmsted: Plans and Views of Public... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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Last summer, on a garden tour in Boston's South End, I was entranced by the story of four families who years ago took down the fences separating their back townhouse gardens. This photo was taken from the first garden, looking across to the other three. This small garden has a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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At this time of year and with many parts of the country buried in snow, who wouldn't be dreaming of spring? And if you're dreaming of spring, your thoughts might naturally turn to Paris. So what better way to banish those winter doldrums than with a copy of In &... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: Connolly - APLD As far as gardens go, the trend continues toward outdoor living and entertainment. The new trends report from the Garden Media Group says US demand for outdoor products will total almost $7 billion in 2015, and outdoor rooms are considered very important by at least 74... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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The American Gardener Jan-Feb 15 *How to grow native Western wildflowers in other parts of the country *New plants for 2015: shrubs, trees, perennials, vines, edibles *Weeping trees that make beautiful landscape focal points Sunset Feb 15 *Garden Tips: accessorize planters -- or plants with green or blue glass floats... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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Don't miss the Q&A in Metropolis Magazine with Landscape Architect Anne Whiston Spirn on the relationship between urban areas and nature. Spirn is a professor of landscape architecture and urban planning at MIT, and she's the author of many books, including the classic, The Granite Garden: Urban Nature And Human... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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This is a very cool idea -- a Floating vegetable garden in Uppsala, Sweden -- featured in Metropolis Magazine. photo: erik wahlstrom -click to enlarge This park was designed to promote urban gardening ... it's actually a non-permanent installation, a garden installed atop a platform in the river. Read the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: thru March 8, Orchid Mania, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Botanical Garden, 216-721-1600 thru March 15, Orchid Show, Glencoe, IL Chicago Botanic Garden, 847-835-5440 thru March 22, Orchid Show, St. Louis, MO Missouri Botanical Garden, 314-577-5100 thru March 29, Orchid Extravaganza, Kennett Square, PA Longwood Gardens,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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Don't want to miss the new offerings this year from Star Roses: Best Kept Secret™ (Rosa 'Meisaliza') This is a hybrid tea with dark green folige and pink flowers that have a strong citrus scent. Excellent resistance to rust and mildew. It has a bushy habit, up to four feet... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: Terra Sculpture - click to enlarge This sculpture is called Egress -- one of four new limited edition offerings from Terra Sculpture in California. All of their works are a welcome departure from the fake lions and angels and greek maidens that adorn so many gardens, but you need... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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Catching up again on some previous news .... Scientists at the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry (ESF) are growing American chestnut trees that apparently survive the blight that wiped out most of them in the early part of the 20th century. The blight was introduced in the early... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: Emily Hamilton - SMA The Society of Municipal Arborists has selected the Yellowwood (Cladastris kentukea or C. lutea) as its Urban Tree of the Year for 2015. It is certainly one of the greatest trees and should be used far more often by designers. It's becoming more popular as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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New Trees from Frank Schmidt & Son, Boring, Oregon: Firestarter™ Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica 'JFS-red') These trees, of course, should be used far more often than they are -- there is simply nothing like them in the fall. This one is rather narrow, just 18 feet wide, and a height of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Join landscape architect Robert McDuffie, associate professor in the Dept of Horticulture at Virginia Tech for a couple of fabulous garden tours this coming summer. Gardens of the Riviera is a two-week trip to gardens in Spain, France, and Italy (May 20-June 2, 2015) -- with stops in Barcelona, Collioure,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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Landscape Architecture January 2015 * Plant failure -- as important as success on a green roof at the Chicago Botanic Garden * It's good for kids to be scared at new playgrounds By Taylor Cullity Lethlean and James Mather Delaney. *New garden by Mia Lehrer at the LA County Natural... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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What I'd say first is that you don't have to live south of the Mason-Dixon line to find this book useful, whether you're a designer or a homeowner interested in gardeing and garden design. It's the updated edition of what's become known as the bible of Southern gardening: The New... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Catching up on some news from before the Christmas season .... Researchers at Wright State University in Ohio believe the emerald ash borer, which has killed millions of our native ash trees, is now attacking our native fringe trees (Chionanthus virginicus). The fringe tree is prized... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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From Jackson & Perkins photo: Jackson & Perkins - click to enlarge images Obsession™ This floribunda was named J&P's Rose of the Year. It has pure red, four-inch blooms with a light, spicy scent and glossy dark green foliage. At 3.5 feet tall and three feet wide, it's suitable for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline