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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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Garden Design Spring *Containers by Larry Kornegay *A small, daydream garden in Cambridge, MA by Julie Moir Messervy *Plant collector's garden in Portland, OR by Garden Diva Designs *Bernard Trainor designs a rustic garden in Napa, CA to fit the landscape *Stephen Stimson designs a treehouse garden aloft in Philadelphia... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has announced the winners of its 16th annual National Design Awards, and the top Director's Award went to designer and author Jack Lenor Larsen. Cooper Hewitt called him one of the "world's foremost advocates of traditional and contemporary crafts ... a dominant resource for signature... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Like That Garden App Just tried this app for identifying flowers ... and I can say it works great. It's not absolutely perfect (Is that an orchid or a dianthus flower?) -- but when you know it's not an orchid .... You snap a photo of the flower with your... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: NYBG - click to enlarge A major exhibition on the art, garden, and life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo opens this coming weekend at the NY Botanical Garden. (May 16-Nov 1). The focus of the exhibition is on Kahlo's avid interest in nature, and it includes a re-imagination of... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Photographer Stacy Bass has been taking images of gardens and nature for a good many years. In this, her second book, Gardens at First Light (athome Books, 2015), she concentrates on 12 classic northeast gardens, all photographed at early dawn. They're all formal in style, but she's selected lovely features... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Carex Tours click to enlarge Still time to book a tour later this month with Carex Tours, led by landscape designer Carolyn Mullet. You'll take in the Chelsea Flower Show and many other classic British gardens: the RHS Garden at Wisley, Hidcote Manor Garden (one of my very favorites),... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
It's been awhile since I've checked the Seibert and Rice catalogue for new terracotta containers -- and there are some very nice ones I've missed along the way. Some might call them petrified stumps -- but they're actually planters designed by landscape architect Mario Nievera -- he calls them "faux... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Sunset is not kidding when they say this is the ultimate guide to drought-tolerant plants and gardens. In the Sunset Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings: The Ultimate Guide to Low-Water Beds, Borders, and Containers (Oxmoor House, 2015), the Sunset editors give you everything a designer could possibly want in... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: May 2, All About Containers Saturday, Bronx, NY 10AM-5PM, Three separate, different sessions, NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 Repeated May 16 at NYBG Midtown Center May 2-3 Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour, CA 10AM-5PM, 35 gardens, self-guided tour, various locations. May 2-3 Garden Conservancy Open... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Among the new shrubs from Bailey Nurseries: First Editions® Toscana™ Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'BailJulia') You've got to be careful where you use barberry, but the small hybrids don't seem to be as problematical as the straight species, which can be very invasive. The foliage on this new one is gorgeous... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Tournesol - click to enlarge If you're thinking of Ipe or a different South American hardwood, you might want to consider Boulevard® structural wood tiles or decking from Tournesol Siteworks. The lumber is typically red oak or ash from Minnesota or Wisconsin, treated at high temperatures in a special... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of soils for future food security world-wide. A General Assembly resolution says that soil conservation will also help all countries adapt to climate change, preserve essential ecosystems, alleviate poverty and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: Thorne, APLD Landscape architect David Thorne won a 2015 gold award for this 10 acre reclamation project in Lafayette, CA. The goal was to restore and repopulate the landscape with oaks and native grasses and provide the clients with a sustainable retreat, complete with pool, entertaining areas and an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
NYBG Antiques Show & Sale April 24-26 It's the 23rd annual Antique Garden Furniture Fair, with tons of offerings from more than 30 vendors. It's the largest garden antiques fair in the country, with some of the finest items available. The granite lanterns shown here, offered by Village Braider Antiques... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
If you want to know who's who in the world of contemporary British garden design, this is definitely the book for you. Some designers will likely be familiar to you -- Tom Stuart Smith, Dan Pearson, Arabella Lennox-Boyd, Andy Sturgeon, just to mention a few -- but there are scores... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
images: APLD-St. John click to enlarge Patricia St. John of St. John Landscapes is an expert at designing small, relatively inexpensive gardens. She won another APLD gold award this year for City Gem, a 1250 sq. foot garden in San Francisco with views of the city. St. John installed a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Shigeru Yamanaka Maybe it sounds a little far-fetched, but by the end of the century, we may be planting acres of certain plants to alleviate a water shortage. Researchers at Japan's Shinshu University studied plants with tiny conical "hairs" or microfibers on the surface of leaves and they believe... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Sunset April *Native Plants: *Designer Lauren Springer Ogden's Plains Sanctuary in Fort Collins, CO; *LA Tom Rau's Coastal Retreat in Los Angeles; *Desert Drama by LA Steve Martino in Paradise Valley, AZ; *Suburban Woodland in Shoreline, WA. Landscape Architecture April * Chicago's 2.7 mile elevated rail park, the 606, opens... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Some nice planters now by Campania International click to enlarge Corrales Planter Sandblasted Terra Cotta 11.5 inches wide x 11.75 inches high or 7.5 wide by 8 inches high Attractive pattern, fits nicely with a modern landscape Tall Ipanema Planters I'm in love with tall planters, and these two would... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
One thing about Essential Perennials is that it's essential -- maybe even mandatory -- for every designer to have a copy. Written by Ruth Rogers Clausen and Thomas Christopher, Essential Perennials: The Complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the Home Garden (Timber Press, 2015) is a long-awaited update to a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
ASLA - Scott Lewis LA - photo: Matthew Millman The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released its latest survey of landscape design trends -- with sustainability and low-maintenance leading the way for 2015. According to the survey, landscape architects say they are getting the greatest demand for ecologically... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: thru April 12, Orchid Daze: Pop!, Atlanta, GA Atlanta Botanical Garden, 404-876-5859 thru April 26, Orchid Show, Washington DC US National Museum of Natural History, US Botanic Garden, 202-225-8333 March 28, Garden Dialogues, FL Gulf Coast Special tours with landscape architects, TCLF, 202=483-0553 April 1,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: The Huntington - click to enlarge The Huntington's new education and visitor center opens to the public on April 4th, including six and a half acres of new gardens. The landscape, designed by Cheryl Barton, FASLA, of San Francisco, features a U-shaped covered loggia, a Garden Court and a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
If you've been to the High Line or Battery Park in NYC, or the Lurie Garden in Chicago, or if you're a landscape designer, then you know all about Dutch landscape designer and plantsman Piet Oudolf. But there's a lot -- and I mean a lot -- you don't know... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
March 26 Climate Change & the Future of Plant Life, Cambridge, MA 9AM-4:30PM, Symposium, New England Wildflower Society, 508-877-7630 March 27-29 Texas Home & Garden Show, Houston, TX George Brown Convention Center, 713-874-2231 Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline