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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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Catching up again on some previous news .... Scientists at the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry (ESF) are growing American chestnut trees that apparently survive the blight that wiped out most of them in the early part of the 20th century. The blight was introduced in the early... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: Emily Hamilton - SMA The Society of Municipal Arborists has selected the Yellowwood (Cladastris kentukea or C. lutea) as its Urban Tree of the Year for 2015. It is certainly one of the greatest trees and should be used far more often by designers. It's becoming more popular as... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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New Trees from Frank Schmidt & Son, Boring, Oregon: Firestarter™ Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica 'JFS-red') These trees, of course, should be used far more often than they are -- there is simply nothing like them in the fall. This one is rather narrow, just 18 feet wide, and a height of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Join landscape architect Robert McDuffie, associate professor in the Dept of Horticulture at Virginia Tech for a couple of fabulous garden tours this coming summer. Gardens of the Riviera is a two-week trip to gardens in Spain, France, and Italy (May 20-June 2, 2015) -- with stops in Barcelona, Collioure,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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Landscape Architecture January 2015 * Plant failure -- as important as success on a green roof at the Chicago Botanic Garden * It's good for kids to be scared at new playgrounds By Taylor Cullity Lethlean and James Mather Delaney. *New garden by Mia Lehrer at the LA County Natural... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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What I'd say first is that you don't have to live south of the Mason-Dixon line to find this book useful, whether you're a designer or a homeowner interested in gardeing and garden design. It's the updated edition of what's become known as the bible of Southern gardening: The New... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Catching up on some news from before the Christmas season .... Researchers at Wright State University in Ohio believe the emerald ash borer, which has killed millions of our native ash trees, is now attacking our native fringe trees (Chionanthus virginicus). The fringe tree is prized... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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From Jackson & Perkins photo: Jackson & Perkins - click to enlarge images Obsession™ This floribunda was named J&P's Rose of the Year. It has pure red, four-inch blooms with a light, spicy scent and glossy dark green foliage. At 3.5 feet tall and three feet wide, it's suitable for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
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 Dec 18, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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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 Dec 16, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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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 Dec 14, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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