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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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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 2 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
From Jackson & Perkins: Sriracha™ Floribunda (Rosa JAChabsee') Wow! What's not to like about this rose? Copper-orange to coral flowers, good disease resistance, a spicy fragrance and dark green glossy leaves. Bred from 'Habitat for Humanity', it blooms from early to late summer, has an upright habit and a size... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Landscape Architecture April *Article by yours truly on the Phipps Conservatory's Center for Sustainable Landscapes -- one of greenest buildings and landscapes in the by Andropogon Associates. *The 700 square foot Brooklyn garden by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates ... if you want to see creative design, look no further.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
OK, we're all sold on the latest trend in garden design: naturalistic planting, native plants, meadows, Piet-Oudolf style. But how to do it? Now, British author Ian Hodgson, former editor of The Garden magazine, has a new book out -- New Wild Garden: Natural-style planting and practicalities (Frances Lincoln, 2016)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
I'm quite behind on new plants for 2016, but here are a few more, these from Monrovia. Golden Duke™ Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis 'MonJers') A lovely small hemlock with upright, arching branches and golden foliage that turns a bright yellow-orange hue in winter. It's slow growing, just six to 10... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
The American Horticultural Society has announced its selection of top garden books for 2016. The American Horticultural Society has announced its selection of top garden books for 2016. Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes (Timber Press, 2015). The ultimate guide to sustainable planting design in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Photo: TCLF Don't miss another great garden guide (online) from The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). The What's Out There Houston Guide has info -- and photos -- on parks, gardens, landscapes, and open spaces you'll not want to miss. Plus, there are biographical sketches of the major designers who shaped... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: thru April 10, Orchid Daze, Atlanta, GA Atlanta Botanical Garden, 404-876-5859 thru April 10, Dallas Blooms, Dallas, TX thru April 17, The Orchid Show, Orchidelirium, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 thru April 26, Interlocking Science & Beauty, Washington DC 20th Smithsonian Orchid Show, US... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has announced its 2016 Gold Medal Plant awards. Here they are: Photos: PHS Betula nigra 'Fox Valley' Little King™ (Little King River Birch) This dwarf river birch, which has been around since the early 1990s, is a great choice for small gardens. River birches are too... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Garden Design Early Spring *Fabulous, funky garden gates. * Tips on design from Chanticleer, which some call "America's most inspiring garden." * Mediterranean design in San Francisco by designer Brandon Tyson. * Sonoran desert style in Phoenix by Colwell Shelor LA * And, everything you always wanted to know about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Two new titles from Timber Press that you'll want this spring for your bookshelf. Even though the second is California-related, you might find it interesting anyway, and if you live in a state that's climate-compatible with parts of California, it's a book you may want to consider. This is the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
If you live in the mid-Atlantic region or even a little farther north, I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. But these cherry trees popped a few days ago in Washington DC, and the Park Service has now moved up peak cherry blossom time to March 18-23. That's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline