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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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photos: Seibert-Rice - click to enlarge Gardens aren't always about the plants. And to illustrate the point, just take a look at this new planter from Seibert & Rice, the latest addition to its American Collection. The Landcraft Pot was designed by horticulturist and garden designer Dennis Schrader, featuring large... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Some lovely new plants for 2017 from Monrovia -- just a few that I particularly like. Burly Blue™ Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum 'MonOvr') Blue-grey conifers deserve a special place in the garden, and this one is particularly nice because -- yes! -- it's a groundcover. Just two feet high, it'll spread... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Sunset January *Idea Garden: a big, bold landscape featuring succulents -- perfect for low-water conditions and a modern residence. Designed by landscape architect Steve Sutherland. Fine Gardening February *Trees with best bark for year-round interest *For spring: best of the astilbes * Design: Options for designing yourself or with a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
I've never been a big fan of rock gardening, but maybe that's because I don't know much about it. I might change my mind after perusing the new book by Joseph Tychonievich, Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style (Timber Press, 2016). The author worked at the Shibamichi Honten Nursery in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Photo: Perennial Plant Assn - click to enlarge The Perennial Plant Association has named butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) its Perennial Plant of the Year for 2017. The association cited the plant for its "ability to support insects and birds and serve as the primary caterpillar food for a beloved North... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Two new roses this year from David Austin are notable for their color and blooms. photos: David Austin - click to enlarge Rosa 'Desdemona' According to Michael Marriott, Austin's senior rosarian, says 'Desdemona' is the company's best white English Rose to date, and it does well in both hot and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Photo Courtesy CWLPD - click to enlarge images The Society of Municipal Arborists has selected the Chestnut Oak (Quercus montana or Q. prinus) as its Urban Tree of the Year for 2017. These tall, stately trees are one of my favorites, found in many urban locations in the eastern part... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: Nov 5-April 16, 2017, "The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin," Washington DC National Building Museum, 202-272-2448, sponsor: TCLF Jan 5, Webinar: Evaluating Conservation Landscape Designs Ecological Landscape Alliance, 617-436-5838 Jan 11, Urban Gardening Series: Naturalistic Gardening, Cambridge, MA 7-8:30PM, Cambridge Public Library, 508-877-7630 Jan... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Go online to the botanical garden of your choice ... and give the great gift of a garden membership. It's one of the best presents available for any dedicated gardener or designer that's on your list. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
This is the new and revised edition of The New York Botanical Garden: Revised and Updated Edition (Abrams, 2016), originally published 11 years ago. This edition includes essays and photos of some of the new gardens by contemporary designers. You don't want to miss it, and a great gift for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
From Stone Forest ... solid granite planter (with drain holes in the bottom) 12" x 24" x 10" high -- wonderful addition to the deck, patio, a patio table. It won't break the bank, and a designer you love will love you for for your thoughtful gift. For High Line... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
A great reference work from British designer and author Noel Kingsbury, with the added bonus of fabulous photographs or botanical drawings. Garden Flora: The Natural and Cultural History of the Plants In Your Garden (Timber Press, 2016). Perfect for a coffee table, the bedside, or next to your computer, where... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Downspout Trellis from Kinsman Company. These trellises sell out fast, fast, fast every spring ... so maybe the holidays are the best time to secure one for the coming year. Can't think of a better way to hide those ugly things than with a climbing clematis or other lovely flowering... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Some of my favorite titles from this year, all terrific picks for the gardener / designer on your gift list. Particularly good for designers: This book will give you a new perspective on the art of 20th century master landscape designers Roberto Burle Marx. Aside from landscapes, Burle Marx was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Four Seasons Mugs from the American Horticultural Society (AHS). Pretty, colorful eight-ounce mugs featuring plants for summer, winter, spring, and fall. Bone china. AHS logo underneath. And you'll be supporting the AHS, our national horticultural society. And add a membership while you're at it ... it includes the terrific magazine... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: James Schrader Just when you thought there would never be anything new in plant pots, along come bioplastic pots. According to horticulturists at Iowa State University, not only are these pots bio-degradable, they can also release nutrients as they naturally break down. Bioplastics are made from renewable biological sources,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Some of my old favorites ... you can't miss if you give one of these items to a favorite gardener or designer. Soil Knife. A.M. Leonard Don't fool around with any other kind of weeder. Believe me, this stainless steel knife from AM Leonard works better -- and faster --... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: Nov 5-April 16, 2017, "The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin," Washington DC National Building Museum, 202-272-2448, sponsor: TCLF Nov 20-Dec 2, New England Grows, Boston, MA Northeast Trade show, Boston Convention Center: exhibitions, lectures, demos & more. 508-653-3009 Dec 3, SALE, Seibert & Rice,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
This book would be a wonderful stocking stuffer for anyone you know who likes to cook, who's interested in natural methods of healing, or who is into arts & crafts. In Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine: The Curious Stories of 43 Amazing North American Native Plants (Storey Publishing, 2016) author... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Amazing. Most designers have heard of the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Hill, California, and know that it was this garden that marked the inception of the Garden Conservancy. But I bet you didn't know that Timber Press released this book about it last month -- in celebration of Ruth's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Mia Lehrer & Associates LA Mia Lehrer has been involved in the Los Angeles River project for many years. Read the fascinating interview with here in Metropolis Magazine here re the decision to bring in architect Frank Gehry & Partners for the revitalization project. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
If you love fabulous botanical art as much as I do, and if you also have a great appreciation for garden and plant lore, you'll want a copy of this luscious new reference work from British author, designer, and plantsman Noel Kingsbury. In Garden Flora: The Natural and Cultural History... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Love these chairs from designer Kim Markel, featured recently in a New York Times article. As her website notes, the chairs are whimsical and translucent, "described as looking like candy, ice pops, gummy bears, and ice." Hand-crafted from reclaimed plastics makes them a great environmental statement as well. Blue, green,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Everyone has a different take on garden trends, and this one is the latest -- from Garden Design Magazine. Hoerr-Schaudt via Garden Design Magazine Geometry is out, natural materials are in, and consumers favor a more DIY look to their gardens. Color-blocking is also popular, as in a bold wall... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: Exhibitions: Nov 5-April 16, 2017, "The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin," Washington DC National Building Museum, 202-272-2448, sponsor: TCLF Nov 19-Jan 16, Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 718-817-8700 Nov 19-Jan 1, Garden Glow, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, IL 314-577-5100 Nov 25-Jan... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline