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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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Well, it is the Garden State, even though you'd never know it if you're in the middle of a nightmare drive somewhere on I-95. But now, Gardens of the Garden State (Monacelli Press, 2014) will get you off 95 and into the dream world of the state's rich and diverse... Continue reading
Posted 50 minutes ago at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Sept 6-December 7, Recapturing the Scenic Wilds, Bronx, NY Exhibition on natural history display, Wave Hill, 718-549-3200 Landscape for Life Webinars Learn & Teach Sustainable Practices, US Botanic Garden & Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Sept 4, Gardens are for Living, San Francisco, CA 5:45... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Readers, I'll be on vacation for a few weeks ... please look around the site ... the Archives go back to October of 2005! (What?!) Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Images: Solar Decathlon - click to enlarge Three students from the George Washington University Landscape Design Program won a 2014 gold award from APLD for this landscape design of a 2013 Solar Decathlon Home in Irvine, CA. The landscape design students, along with others from American University and the Catholic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Garden Dialogues - various locations and dates in U.S. Landscape architects discuss their projects on site. 202-483-0553 August 7, The Garden of Designer Bunny Williams, NW CT 10am-noon, Tour of Williams Gdn, Berkshire Botanical Garden, 413-298-3926 August 7, A Native Meadow: 40 Acres & 10... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
This is a book that every designer and homeowner has been waiting for -- residential landscapes that are gorgeous, functional, and yet nurture wildlife, deepening the connections between humans and the natural world. Ecologist and author Doug Tallamy and photographer and author Rick Darke teamed up in a brilliant combination... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: Johnsen landscapes - click to enlarge Not everyone is lucky enough to have a site overlooking the Hudson River, and designer Jan Johnsen decided it was perfect for a garden that was refined and naturalistic, similar to the paintings of the Hudson River School. Johnsen's design won a merit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Arapaho Crape Myrtle - USNA Oh no. It can't be true. But yes, researchers at the University of Florida report that some crape myrtles -- iconic in the south and the midatlantic -- and yes, even appearing and surviving on Cape Cod -- have been afflicted with bacterial leaf... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: St. John Landscapes - click to enlarge Not everyone has a steep front yard -- always difficult to manage -- and this Mediterranean design won a 2014 Merit Award from APLD for designer Patricia St. John, APLD, of Berkeley, CA. One of the homeowners had polio as a child... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Landscape Architecture July *The Urban Agriculture Takes Hold Across the Country *Planting Design for Arid Landscapes *Art-y Public Infrastructure *Fabulous fabrics for outdoors *Going Car-less Fine Gardening August *Plants for dry shade gardening *Designing Perennial Containers *How to deal with a steep front yard slope *Outdoor finishes for wood Horticulture... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Yes, you always have to read the latest from Grounded Design ... this time Thomas' comments on planting design, and the great benefits of failure. Read it here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
click images to enlarge It's a five-flight walkup, but yes, who wouldn't give anything for this view of Boston. The fortunate who live in this building were fortunate to have Carey Erdman of Erdman Design in Boston install this rooftop garden, shared by the residents of the building. The owners... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
click to enlarge images This garden is in the backyard of a South End Boston townhouse ... opening out onto the narrow alley. Pete Cadieux and Jim Douthit of A Blade of Grass in Wayland, MA, saved an old mahogany deck, but more or blasted out the rest of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Garden Dialogues - various locations and dates in U.S. Landscape architects discuss their projects on site. 202-483-0553 July 6, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours, NY Dutchess County July 7-13 Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, Crested Butte, CO Hikes, garden tours, classes & more 970-349-2571 July 9,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
click to enlarge I went on the South End Garden Tour in Boston last weekend, and again, it did not disappoint. What I love about it most is the eclectic nature of the gardens, all of them rather tiny and mostly in backyards. You always see something you don't expect,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
images: Envision Landscape Studio - click to enlarge This Danville, CA, design by Colin Miller of Envision Landscape Studio in Walnut Creek won a Gold Award this year from APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers), and it's no wonder that Miller was also named 2014 Designer of the Year. Stucco... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
images: Kate Armstrong, Ph.D., NYBG The New York Botanical Garden has embarked upon a two-phase program to document Myanmar's incredibly rich plant life and train botanists there to undertake research and promote sustainability in the country's forests. The NYBG says that due to decades of isolation, the country probably has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
This book was originally published a few years ago -- a coffee table book -- but it's now available in this smaller format hardcover version, and anyone interested in landscapes or architecture wouldn't want to be without it. The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright (Frances Lincoln, 2009) by author and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
images: Grace Design Associates - click to enlarge You may be surprised ... but yes, this is the front yard! Another imaginative design by Margie Grace of Santa Barbara won a merit award this year from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), and that's no wonder. The main design... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
I never see a swath of ornamental grasses without thinking of Kurt Bluemel, who died last week at the age of 81. Bluemel, known as the "King of Grasses," was largely responsible, along with the late landscape architect Wolfgang Oehme, for popularizing grasses and wildflowers in natural landscape settings throughout... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
click to enlarge images It's kind of difficult to imagine, but this house is on a cul-de-sac in West Roxbury, MA sandwiched in back of a public library and, to the side, an enormous CVS drugstore. The street runs between the library and the side wall of the CVS, and,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Before I start a new project, I always turn to my books on California gardens. And this new book, Gardens Are For Living: Design Inspiration for Outdoor Spaces (Rizzoli New York, 2014) by landscape designer Judy Kameon, is a must for any designer or homeowner who's interested in modern designs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Andrea Cochran has been awarded the 2014 National Design Award in Landscape Architecture from the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The award citation reads as follows: "San Francisco–based Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture is distinguished by its emphasis on the experiential and material quality of the built landscape. Founded in 1998... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Garden Design #187 Garden Design Magazine is back as a quarterly ... perhaps more a coffee table book than a magazine ... no advertising at all, just gorgeous photos of gardens and plants ... and profiles of well, great gardens and designers, and photos by some of the country's top... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
click on images to enlarge It's a nice setting for the house, in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, and the gardens around the 1750s farmhouse have been evolving for the past 40 years. I saw this property, Brush Hill Gardens, on a recent Garden Conservancy Tour, and it was quite... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline