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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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Well, you can't get any more natural and indestructible as these chairs, sofas, and tables crafted by Stefano Giovanoni and his wife Elisa Gargan in Milan. You may have seen them mentioned recently in an article on furniture in the New York Times. Available from Vondom, these pieces are crafted... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
The Cultural Landscape Foundation -- TCLF -- has released the second in its series of online guides produced in collaboration with the National Park Service. The What's Out There Cultural Landscapes Guide to New York City includes profiles of 78 landscapes, from Paley Park -- my favorite outdoor place in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
This book reminds me of a visit some years ago to Ravello, Italy. I'll never forget visiting a garden that featured an enormous tree absolutely covered in yellow roses hanging down in great looping chains off the branches. Sadly it was back in the day before cellphone cameras, so I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes-- photo: Jane Berger Green Business Certification Incâ„¢ (GBCI) has announced a new credential for professionals who are trained in sustainable landscape design. Called SITES AP (SITES Accredited Professional), it establishes standards for sustainable landscape design and gives professionals the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: Robert Benson - NYBG - click to enlarge Don't miss this year's annual Kiku Exhibition at the NY Botanical Garden's Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which runs through the end of this month. Kiku, the Japanese word for chrysanthemum, is Japan's most celebrated fall-flowering plant, and you will see them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Garden Design Autumn 2016 *Piet Oudolf: Principles of Garden Design *Profile: Jack Lenor Larsen, artist, gardener & founder of LongHouse on Long Island *Dan Hinkley's take on trees the right size for any garden *The Reid garden in Sonoma by a student of John Brookes *A fabulous neighborhood gathering place... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: Westminster Teak - click to enlarge Gotta say, I love the lines of this folding chair from Westminster Teak. It's called the Surf Folding Chair, and it has subtle curves in the seat and the back support that lend it a clean yet casual air. The seat width and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
I have to tell you that as a child, I never read any Beatrix Potter books. Back in those days, I was much more into Caddie Woodlawn and Nancy Drew and the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder -- and Johnny Tremain. BUT -- I do know that there are millions... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
image: Patricia St. John Landscapes The Garden Media Group has released its annual Garden Trends report. It says that in 2017, gardeners will be concentrating on health and wellness -- growing food and plants both indoors and out without the use of pesticides and chemicals. One big surprise: five million... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: Exhibitions: Oct 8-30, KIKU: The Art of the Japanese Garden, NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 718-817-8700 Oct 7-8, 63rd Annual Fall Symposium, St. Louis, MO Ecological Restoration in a Changing Biosphere, MO Botanical Garden, 314-577-5100 Oct 8, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: NJ, PA Bucks... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: ASLA - Marmol Radziner This contemporary design for a historic modern house in Beverly Hills earned Marmol Radziner a 2016 ASLA honor award for residential design. The residence -- Kronish House -- was built in 1954, and it's the only house designed by Richard Neutra that's still around in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
It's spring, and you're out for a walk in NYC ... head on over to East 74th Street or West 81st and check out the stunning wisteria vines climbing up the facade of the townhouses. Or walk up to Vanderbilt Gate -- 5th Ave and 101st Streets -- and take... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
image: ASLA Difficult to realize that it's already come to this ... but ASLA has just released an online guide to resilient design, ie, designs that can help towns and cities threatened by climate change protect themselves with careful planning. The photo of a mangrove forest is one solution to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
A lot of you probably missed the "Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future," held in Philadelphia last June and sponsored by the Landscape Architecture Foundation. It featured declarations from leaders in the field -- ideas for meeting the challenges of our times, such as global warming, urbanization, natural disasters... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has announced its Gold Medal plant winners for 2017, exceptional plants for both the homeowner and the professional garden designer. This year's selections include trees, vines, and perennials. Natchez Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Natchez') This workhorse crapemyrtle has been around for quite awhile, but it never loses its... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
In celebration of the NY Botanical Garden's 125th anniversary this year, Seibert & Rice has fashioned a new terracotta pot to mark the notable event. It's hand-made terracotta, frost proof, and it's only available in a limited edition -- so if you want one, better order one now. It comes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has announced its 2016 design awards, and top honors in the residential design category went to Design Workshop Inc for a project in Pitkin County, Colorado. Photos courtesy ASLA The landscape architects, working in collaboration with architects and interior designers, transformed a 3.5... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
If you're in NYC in September, do make sure to stop by Rockefeller Center. A new installation of tropical plants has totally transformed the famed Channel Gardens. And what a great place to sit and spend a little time and get away from the bustle of the city. Landscape architect... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
I have to admit ... I was not at all familiar with the hundreds of modern landscape designs by LA Ruth Shellhorn (1909-2006), Maybe that's because she worked in California, but that's really no excuse. Thanks to the important work of the Library of American Landscape History (LALH) in Amherst,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 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 Garden Dialogues: Garden tours with landscape architects who designed them, TCLF, 202-483-0553 Sept 17: The Hamptons,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Garden Design Online (like a lot you) is on vacation until after Labor Day. There will be just one post on September Happenings sometime later this month. In the meantime, please do enjoy the many years of archives on this site. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Charles Hess of Hess Landscape Architects Inc in Lansdale, PA received a gold award from APLD for this elegant design in Bryn Mawr. And what a great opportunity ... a client who repurchased his childhood property and transform it with new garden rooms, a pool and spa, and a new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
These very cool "Handy Rakes" by artist Christopher Specce were part of a recent workshop, "Furnishing Utopia," at two preserved Shaker sites. Considered the first minimalists, the Shakers and their furniture have long been an inspiration to designers. During the workshop, 12 international designers were invited to see study original... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
The American Gardener July-Aug *How to find the perfect matching plant for any perennial *Ornamental bananas for almost any garden *Plants with scents of vanilla, chocolate & strawberry: ice cream plants *Annuals for architectural accents *Jensen-Olson Arboretum in Juneau Sunset August *Very cool Acapulco chairs from various sources *Designing a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: Matthew Cunningham - click to enlarge Landscape architect Matthew Cunningham (Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC) won a gold award this year from APLD for this urban property just outside Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. The home is sited several feet below the street, and stormwater often collected in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline