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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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Selected Events From Around the Country: Jan 4-5, Western Trade Show, Kansas City, MO Sheraton Crown Center, New plants, exhibits, lectures, more 888-233-1876 Jan 8-9 Strategies for Evolving Landscapes Conference, Blue Bell, PA 26th Annual Conference, sponsor: New Directions in the American Landscape, 215-886-9740 Jan 14-16, Mid-Atlantic Trade Show (MANTS),... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at GardenDesignOnline
The best gift of all for your gardening and design friends ... a gift certificate membership to the garden of your choice. And some gardens -- like the Huntington in California and the Pennsylvania Hort in Philadelphia -- will combine the membership with tickets to flower shows, teas ... check... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Here are my top selections for Christmas gifts, in no particular order: just books I'd be happy to have under the tree in my house. Flora Illustrata - Yale University Press Highlights from the New York Botanical Garden's collection of manuscripts, texts, illustrations, seed catalogues, documents -- everything horticulture, garden... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Landscape Architecture December 2014 If you don't subscribe, make sure to check out the free digital issue available on the ASLA website here. There's a profile of meadow expert Larry Weaner; lovely piece on a garden restoration in upstate New York by Nancy Owens studio; some great new chair designs;... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
I've recommended some of these items in years past, but garden favorites are garden favorites. From AM Leonard: Not very classy looking, but these gloves do the job, you can wash them -- and they're cheaper than most. The more you buy, the less you pay. I order them every... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
From Boxhill, the Solfire Outdoor Firepit is kind of like a circular firescreen. It comes in many colors, including red, blue, white, charcoal and more, and is fueled either by propane or natural gas. It's 24 inches deep, 17.5 inches high, and the fire screen itself is 10 inches high.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
There are plenty of books out there about shady gardens, but this one actually tells you how to create a woodland if you want one and don't have one. In Designing and Planting a Woodland Garden: Plants and Combinations that Thrive in the Shade (Timber Press, 2014), British author Keith... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
The following are from the New York Botanical Garden Online Gift Shop: Footed Forcing Bowl Nice design for forcing bulbs in early spring, when nothing outside is yet beginning to pop up. Height with feet is five inches. Eight inch diameter, mid section diameter slightly larger. Morning Glory Gloves Personally,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
This is a beautiful little book on the fine details of backyard trees ... a great present for anyone who wants to know how to identify (and moreover, appreciate) a tree in almost any season. In Trees Up Close: The Beauty of Their Bark, Leaves, Flowers, and Seeds (Timber Press,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: Thru December 7, Recapturing the Scenic Wilds, Bronx, NY Exhibition on natural history display, Wave Hill, 718-549-3200 Thru Jan 19, Flora Illustrata: Botanical Masterworks, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden Library: Prints, drawings, catalogs, notebooks, manuscripts, more. Dec 5, Therapeutic Wellness Gardens 1PM-2PM, Webinar, Ecological... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Palette A design app for iOS, Android, iPad by Julie Moir Messervy. I can't imagine a designer who wouldn't want to have this on their phone or tablet. I've tried this app ... it's a great tool for a "quickie" design that you can show clients ... and then refine... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
photo © Barrett Doherty The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has launched a web-based guide to Denver -- the first in a series linked to their "What Out There Weekend" tours. It's a comprehensive guide to built landscapes -- parks, parkways, malls, public gardens, suburbs and more -- with brief descriptions... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
You probably already have a book (or two) on Sissinghurst, but believe me, this is the one you want on your bookshelf. Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden (St. Martin's Press, 2014) is written by Sarah Raven, who is married to Vita Sackville West's grandson, Adam Nicolson,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Some great new plants (as usual) from Monrovia for 2015: Tiny Tower® Arborvitae (Thuja x 'MonRig') This is a sport of 'Green Giant' arborvitae, but it grows slowly and has a very upright habit, with foliage that's tighter than the parent plant. At only 10 to 20 feet tall, it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
If there's a special person in your life who's particularly interested in gardening, garden history, botanical drawing, or the future of gardening, you might want to consider one of these two books as a Christmas present. Both are packed with big ideas. Edited by Susan Fraser and Vanessa Bezemer Sellers,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
If you haven't been to the High Line yet, you surely want all your friends to think you have. The best way to do that, of course, is to purchase a gift from their shop & give it away ... or wear it yourself. There are some great choices from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Landscape Architecture November 2014 * Article by yours truly on an award-winning garden on Mt. Desert Island, Maine by LA Matthew Cunningham * Other 2014 ASLA Award Winners *Detroit renaissance: a landscape-driven plan * Oaks: a private IL arboretum Magazine available by subscription, at Barnes & Noble, independent & university... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has announced its Gold Medal plant winners for 2015. Fernleaf Full Moon Maple (Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium') This particular Japanese maple is a dwarf tree, just 8 to 10 feet tall, with delicate fern-like leaves that turn a brilliant red color in autumn. It has a mounded,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Liked these planters from photos: Coral Coast Planter. These planters are made of fir, stained dark brown, with a slatted base for drainage. Would look great on many a deck or patio, and big enough to accommodate a sizeable shrub or tree. Size is 16x16 x 27.5" high... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: Thru December 7, Recapturing the Scenic Wilds, Bronx, NY Exhibition on natural history display, Wave Hill, 718-549-3200 Nov 15-Jan 19, Flora Illustrata: Botanical Masterworks, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden Library: Prints, drawings, catalogs, notebooks, manuscripts, more. Nov 1, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours, Mt.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
click on images to enlarge No guesswork involved in which garden on this block was designed by a pro. It's the garden of professional landscape designer Christie Dustman in West Roxbury, MA. Artworks abound in this garden, many fashioned by Christie's partner, furniture maker Patti Ryan. It's an eclectic mix... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
If you're a designer or a designer-wannabe, you will treasure this book. In Gardens in Detail: 100 Contemporary Designs (Monacelli Press, 2014), British garden designer and writer Emma Reuss features hundreds of garden elements that make the designs come together. As Reuss explains in the introduction, the book will "enhance... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Here are a few more 2014 ASLA honor award winners. photos: Steven Dunn Photography - click to enlarge Sky Garden, Miami Beach Raymond Jungles Landscape Architecture You'd never know from looking at the photos that this is a roof garden up in the sky -- a secret residence & garden... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Also from Spring Meadow Nursery for Proven Winners photos: Spring Meadow - click to enlarge 'Gem Box' Inkberry Holly (Ilex crenata 'SMNIGAB17') This small plant is advertised as an inkberry that does not get leggy, ie, there's tight branching right to the ground. If true, it's going to be a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Author Andrea di Robilant took a trip back to his ancestral home in Italy awhile ago to do research for a biography of his great-great-great grandmother, Lucia Mocenigo. A caretaker showed him to an old, overgrown park on the estate. There, di Robilant encountered a number of rose shrubs with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline