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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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I bet you've never seen the Westside Community Garden, NYC's smallest public garden on 56th St. betweeen 9th & 10th, or the rooftop farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. New York is awash in gardens, and while this lovely book, City Green: Public Gardens of New York (Monacelli Press, 2018)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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ASLA, Reed Hilderbrand LLC Landscape Architecture, photo: Ngoc Mingh Ngo The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released its 2018 survey, and PR manager Karen Grajales says one possible conclusion is that "Sustainability is a key trend when it comes to residential landscapes -- as well as space for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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Landscape Architecture April *Revered National Bonsai Collection Has a New Home -- by yours truly *In Santa Fe, old acequias inspire new ways to handle stormwater *A healing garden for patients in crisis *Bringing a sprawling campus down to scale Garden Design Spring *Seamless transition inside-out in a rural Virginia... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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What designer is not a fan of Steve Martino? And this book tells you everything you want to know about the ways to achieve harmony between residence and garden and the landscape beyond. In Desert Gardens of Steve Martino (Monacelli Press, 2018), author Caren Yglesias and photographer Steve Gunther outline... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Orchid Shows: thru April 1, Orchid Daze, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, GA 404-876-5859 thru April 8, Orchid Spectrum, US Botanic Garden, Washington DC 202-225-8333 March 3-April 22, The Orchid Show, NY Botanical Garden, 718-718-8700 Events: April 4, "Revealing a Sense of Place," Cambridge, MA 7pm,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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New Plants this year from Bailey Nurseries: photos: Bailey Nurseries First Editions® Virtual Violet® Lilac (Syringa 'Bailbridget' PPAF) An upright stunning lilac with shiny new leaves that emerge violet, deep purple stems, violet leaf petioles and of course violet flowers. Mildew free, it reaches a height of six to eight... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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Hard to find a better example of a flowering Cornelian Cherry Dogwood (Cornus mas) -- this one at American University in Washington DC -- flowering beautifully on March 11th -- yes, quite early for this tree, even though it's a very early bloomer. It's one of the earliest flowering trees... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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If there's no way to save endangered species, we can at least document their existence, and that's exactly what A Tribute to Flowers: Plants Under Pressure (teNeues, 2018) does. Photographer Richard Fischer has taken it upon himself over the past 15 years to bring endangered flowers into his photo studio... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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click on photos to enlarge This year's Philadelphia Flower Show -- Wonders of Water -- takes you to the tropics as you enter the show -- through cascades of colorful blooms hanging above and surrounding you on all sides, complete with the sound of tropical birds. As you walk through... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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NYBG Orchid Show March 3-April 22, 2018 This year's orchid show at the NY Botanical Garden is designed by acclaimed Belgian floral designer Daniel Ost. He's been called the world's leading flower designer, and his orchid creations at the NYBG will complement the Victorian style of the Enid Haupt Conservatory... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY Exhibitions: thru August 31, 2018, "Cultivating America's Gardens," Washington DC National Museum of American History, sponsor: Smithsonian Gardens & Smithsonian Libraries, 202-633-1522 ORCHID SHOWS: thru March 11, Orchid Mania, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 216-721-1600 thru March 25, Orchid Extravaganza, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA 610-388-1000 thru... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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This year's Philadelphia Flower Show -- "Wonders of Water" -- is a testimonial to the important role it plays in our everyday lives and in our environment. Visitors to this year's show enter under a canopy of hanging flowers backed by a 25-foot waterfall cascading into a pool below from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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click to enlarge Someday, you should meet Nick McCullough of McCullough's Landscape and Nursery LLC in New Albany, Ohio. He designs high-end gardens, has three million+ followers on Pinterest, writes a blog -- Thinking Outside the Boxwood -- and is a hands-on plant person. In a recent presentation to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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These new plants this year from Spring Meadow Nursery. Images: Spring Meadow Nursery Tandoori Orange® Linden Viburnum (Viburnum dilatatum 'SMNVDMDO') Wow..a linden viburnum with orange fruits and fall color, plus outstanding white blooms in spring. It's tolerant of shade and deer-resistant as well. It's six to eight feet tall and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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Just because your garden is small, it doesn't mean it has to be devoid of plants, garden accoutrements and interest. Author Susan Morrison shows you the way in her latest book, The Less Is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard (Timber Press, 2018). Loaded with photos of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY Exhibitions: thru August 31, 2018, "Cultivating America's Gardens," Washington DC National Museum of American History, sponsor: Smithsonian Gardens & Smithsonian Libraries, 202-633-1522 ORCHID SHOWS: thru March 11, Orchid Mania, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 216-721-1600 thru March 25, Orchid Extravaganza, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA 610-388-1000 Feb... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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It's always the old conundrum: what to plant next to what. Make your life easy and pick up a copy of The Flower-Powered Garden: Supercharge Your Borders and Containers with Bold, Colourful Plant Combinations (Timber Press, 2018). British author Andy Vernon, a writer and horticultural consultant in the UK, offers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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Fine Gardening Jan-Feb *Designing in Layers *Designing for Continuous Color *Easy Maintenance Plants *All About Rodgersia Sunset February *Multi-purpose landscape in Los Altos by designer Leslie Bennett of Pine House Edible Gardens in Oakland. *No-fuss, drought-tolerant houseplants Horticulture Jan-Feb *Profile: Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL *Atlanta History Center's Historic... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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Nice new offerings this year from Monrovia: photo courtesy Monrovia - click to enlarge Strawberry Shake™ Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'SMHPCW' Compact paniculata, just five feet tall and four feet wide, with stems supporting huge white flower heads that mature to a soft pink, and both are apparent on the shrub... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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The classic Cherry Tree Walk at Dumbarton Oaks in DC ... one of Beatrix Farrand's famous landscapes. Just found out from a column by Robin Lane Fox in last weekend's Financial Times that horticulturist Anne Cleves Symmes -- who recently directed the restoration of Bellefield, an 18th century house next... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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New this year from David Austin Roses: photos: David Austin Roses; click to enlarge Rosa 'Roald Dahl' Love the peach color on this English shrub rose, with few thorns (yay!), glossy dark olive-green leaves and peach blooms that open from orange-red buds. It has a medium strong tea scent and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: Steve Cothrel / SMA The Society of Municipal Arborists has announced it's Urban Tree of the Year, and this year the award goes to the Tulip Tree, Liriodendron tulipifera. It's not for the average suburban yard, but where there's a lot of room, this majestic native tree deserves consideration.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY Exhibitions: Through Jan 12, 2018, The Landscape Arch. Legacy of Dan Kiley, Milwaukee, WI Univ of Wisc School of Arch. & Urban Planning thru August 31, 2018, "Cultivating America's Gardens," Washington DC National Museum of American History, sponsor: Smithsonian Gardens & Smithsonian Libraries, 202-633-1522 Events:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Nothing is more important than supporting your local botanical garden, private garden, national park, or organizations like the Garden Conservancy or the American Horticultural Society or TCLF that work to preserve our garden heritage. Be sure to give generously -- and it'll be a gift that goes on throughout the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Soil Knife from AM Leonard You can throw away all your weeders and trowels if you invest in one of these never-fail soil knives. Stainless steel with inch markings as well. And the orange handle makes it visible -- and find-able -- almost anywhere in the garden. My perfect garden... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline