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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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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 4 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has announced its Gold Medal plant winners for 2015. Fernleaf Full Moon Maple (Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium') This particular Japanese maple is a dwarf tree, just 8 to 10 feet tall, with delicate fern-like leaves that turn a brilliant red color in autumn. It has a mounded,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Liked these planters from photos: Coral Coast Planter. These planters are made of fir, stained dark brown, with a slatted base for drainage. Would look great on many a deck or patio, and big enough to accommodate a sizeable shrub or tree. Size is 16x16 x 27.5" high... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 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 Nov 15-Jan 19, Flora Illustrata: Botanical Masterworks, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden Library: Prints, drawings, catalogs, notebooks, manuscripts, more. Nov 1, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours, Mt.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
click on images to enlarge No guesswork involved in which garden on this block was designed by a pro. It's the garden of professional landscape designer Christie Dustman in West Roxbury, MA. Artworks abound in this garden, many fashioned by Christie's partner, furniture maker Patti Ryan. It's an eclectic mix... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
If you're a designer or a designer-wannabe, you will treasure this book. In Gardens in Detail: 100 Contemporary Designs (Monacelli Press, 2014), British garden designer and writer Emma Reuss features hundreds of garden elements that make the designs come together. As Reuss explains in the introduction, the book will "enhance... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Here are a few more 2014 ASLA honor award winners. photos: Steven Dunn Photography - click to enlarge Sky Garden, Miami Beach Raymond Jungles Landscape Architecture You'd never know from looking at the photos that this is a roof garden up in the sky -- a secret residence & garden... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Also from Spring Meadow Nursery for Proven Winners photos: Spring Meadow - click to enlarge 'Gem Box' Inkberry Holly (Ilex crenata 'SMNIGAB17') This small plant is advertised as an inkberry that does not get leggy, ie, there's tight branching right to the ground. If true, it's going to be a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Author Andrea di Robilant took a trip back to his ancestral home in Italy awhile ago to do research for a biography of his great-great-great grandmother, Lucia Mocenigo. A caretaker showed him to an old, overgrown park on the estate. There, di Robilant encountered a number of rose shrubs with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Corten steel is very popular these days, so why not planters made of this material -- from Nice Planter. These planters are made from folded metal, so there's no welding, and the five panels interlock together. Corten is usually found in modern gardens, and this trough planter would fit perfectly.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
The following new "Proven Winners" plants from Spring Meadow Nursery will be available in retail garden centers in the spring of 2015. Happy Jack ™ Purple Clematis (Clematis 'Zojapur') This is a very easy-care clematis from Wim Snoeijer of the Netherlands ... it blooms on new and old wood, so... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: Matthew Cunningham Matthew Cunningham won an ASLA Residential Honor Award for this project on Mt. Desert Island, Maine. The property is actually an easement within Acadia National Park, and the objective was to make the landscape closely match its natural surroundings. Cunningham's task was to protect the residence, at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
So you think of yourself as Bohemian? Or you're into Zen? Or you're a party girl? Whatever you are, you'll find out how to make your garden reflect your own personal tastes in this new book by designer and blogger Rochelle Greayer. In Cultivating Garden Style: Inspired Ideas and Practical... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Landscape Architecture October 2014 *The 2014 landscape design awards are featured in this issue, with photos of each winning entry. *General design top award: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation *Top residential award: Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects for Woodland Rain Gardens in Caddo Parish, Louisiana *... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Rebecca O'Neal - Jeffrey Carbo LA -click on images to enlarge ASLA's top Award of Excellence for 2014 in the Residential Category went to Jeffrey Carbo Landscape Architects in Louisiana for a project in Caddo Parrish. The five acre property consisted mainly of wooded slopes of pine and native... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Thru December 7, Recapturing the Scenic Wilds, Bronx, NY Exhibition on natural history display, Wave Hill, 718-549-3200 Oct 2-26 Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden, Exhibition, Lectures, Demos, Poetry, Bonsai & More. 718-817-8700 Oct 2, Thinking into the Future: Robie House Series, Chicago, IL... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: via The Garden Conservancy has joined the movement to preserve the courtyard garden at the Frick Collection in New York City that is threatened by future development. The museum is planning to renovate the building, and in the process, the garden, designed by renowned landscape architect Russell Page,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
David Austin has released four new 2015 roses for markets in the US and Canada. All four are repeat blooming throughout the growing season and have the classic David Austin forms and scents. 'Maid Marion' This rose is said to have superbly formed flowers, rosette shaped in a saucer shape... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
photo Kathleen Fitzgerald The final section of the High Line in New York City is now open, extending the elevated park from West 30th to West 34th St, with a big swing west toward the Hudson River around the old rail yards. In this section of the park, part of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline