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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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photos: Suki Choe for Quennell Rothschild & Partners- click to enlarge The Battery, at the foot of Manhattan, is open to the public again after surviving the 9-11 attack and Hurricane Sandy. Landscape Architects Quennell Rothschild & Partners led a team of designers to restore the area, in cooperation with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Of course you will know many of the excerpts in this gorgeous book, Shakespeare's Gardens (Frances Lincoln Ltd, 2016) by British author Jackie Bennett. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 1 scene 1: And in the wood where often you and I Upon faint primrose beds were wont to lie, Henry... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
I never thought too much about outdoor wall art -- but if you've got a fence or a wall or the side of a garden shed, why not? Love this design, "Estrella" or "Star" by Jennifer Asher & Mario Lopez of TerraSculpture. It's crafted from powder-coated aluminum and the size... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
It's a presidential election year, so what's more appropriate than a book on the long history of the gardens at the White House. In All the Presidents' Gardens: Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's RosesHow the White House Grounds Have Grown with America (Timber Press, 2016), author Marta McDowell takes you through... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: Katherine Field & Associates via APLD Katherine Field & Associates Landscape Architects of Newport, Rhode Island, received a Gold Award from APLD for their "Bridge House" project. The property includes a steep slope along a rocky coastline, and the clients wanted a new pool and spa, along with entertaining... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Landscape architect Matthew Cunningham won a 2016 Gold Award in the Small Gardens category from APLD. This Boston garden is on Beacon Hill, in one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods, and it's just steps from the Massachusetts State House. The four story brick mansion has an L-shaped flat garden... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Sunset June *Trendy Modern Slant greenhouse from in Oregon. * Herb Garden Supreme *Replacing the lawn with edibles by LA Vera Gates The American Gardener May-June *Best perennial vines for temperate gardens * Best hedgerow plants to attract beneficial wildlife * All about Geums * Best Native Ferns *... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) has announced the winners of its design awards for 2016 -- and the top prize this year went to Carrie Preston of Studio TOOP in the Netherlands for a Show Garden created in collaboration with Jasper Helmantel of Cruydt Hoeck for the Appeltern... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
If you're into music in the garden, and not the earbud in your ear type, these planter-speakers may be just the thing for you. The teak enclosure, with clean, spare lines, would look great in a modern garden, but probably would do as well on almost any deck. There's a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Anyone who's visited Mt. Vernon or Monticello is well aware that our earliest presidents were most interested in plants and horticulture. As it took some time for the new capital city to take shape, as well as the White House, the White House grounds only took shape when a design... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: thru Sept 11, Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 thru Sept 18, Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, New York, NY Jewish Museum, 212-423-3200 June 4, Designing with Succulents, Copake Falls, NY 11AM, Lecture, designer Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has released their list of the top 10 new species for 2016, including two new plants. From Gabon, there's a new tree species, Sirdavidia solannona, shown here, which was found just a few meters from the main road in the Monts de... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Ellen Woods Researchers at Cornell University who are studying the decline of Monarch butterflies have determined that it's not only a lack of milkweed, herbicides, and genetically modified crops that are contributing to the drop in Monarch populations. The scientists report that Monarchs also suffer from sparse sources of... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
This is an illlustrated guide to some of the great designers -- past and present -- and what we can learn from them today. In Lessons from the Great Gardeners: Forty Gardening Icons and What They Teach Us (University of Chicago Press, 2016), author Matthew Biggs offers brief bios of... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Opening this Saturday, May 14: a major exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden explores the horticultural inspiration behind American Impressionism. A garden reflecting the paintings of artists like Willliam Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent is on display at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Old fashioned flowers... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Garden Design Spring *Explore the Monk's Garden at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh *Elements of functional outdoor spaces by designer Molly Wood of Costa Mesa, CA *Wildlife sanctuary along the shore in Kirkland, WA by LA Paul Broadhurst *Painting the landscape in Chicago... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: Planters Unlimited - click to enlarge These great planters of reclaimed wood are from Planters Unlimited. Made from used cedar, pine, redwood, or even Douglas fir, these planters come in a variety of sizes and styles. They wouldn't suit every garden, but since sustainability and native plants are very... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Keep this book by your bedside or tuck it into your luggage enroute to your next vacation ... it's the perfect little volume for garden lovers. In her latest book, Gardens of Awe and Folly: A Traveler's Journal on the Meaning of Life and Gardening (Bloomsbury USA, 2016), author and... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: Donald J. Leopold, ESF An amazing story ... millions of native orchids, including the grass pink, rose pogonia and hooded ladies' tresses, along with other rare plants, are flourishing on the site of an iron ore mine in the northern Adirondacks that closed in 1978. Grete Bader, a graduate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: May 14-Sept 11, Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 April 30-May 1, Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour, CA 10AM-5PM, 36 gardens, self-guided tour, various locations. May 1, Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, CA 10AM-5PM, 32 gardens, self-guided,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
If you missed this book when it was first published 11 years ago, don't miss the new, revised edition -- just released -- with more than 200 new photographs by Larry Lederman, botanical art from the garden's collections, and fascinating essays by members of the garden staff. This revised edition... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Madrone Collection from Thos. Baker Make this what you like ... it's a versatile collection of chairs, chaises, ottomans, sofas, sectionals, loveseats and more, all with power-coated aluminum frames, rust-proof and a nice calming hue of grey. Tables and some dining chairs have Tekwood slats -- a high-density polyethylene that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
I stumbled across Earth-Kind® Roses the other day, and they are perfect for Earth Day. Based on extensive research, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service awards the Earth-Kind designation to roses that demonstrate superior tolerance to pests, along with excellent landscape performance. The roses also perform well in a variety of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Yes, this is a book that could persuade a designer to move or retire to south Florida. In his latest book, Private Gardens of South Florida (Gibbs Smith, 2016), author Jack Staub (owner of the historic Hortulus Farm in Wrightstown, Pennsylvania) profiles 22 stunning landscapes from Palm Beach to Naples... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: click to enlarge Robata Corten Firepit Love this firepit from Paloform, made of corten steel which weathers with time and seasons. This linear firepits comes in lengths of 4.5 or six feet by two feet wide. It also has a cover, so it can be used as a coffee... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline