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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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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. The image above is from "Windows on the Watershed," an exhibit dedicated to the Delaware River Watershed -- waterways small and large that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday 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
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I can't decide which of these two books I like better -- so maybe both would be welcome under the Christmas tree. Both are from British authors. The Japanese Garden (Phaidon, 2017) Garden designer Sophie Walker emphases themes that explore major elements in Japanese design in this comprehensive survey of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Offerings from the New York Botanical Garden Shop. Blue Rose Liberte Planter A planter made for trendy succulents ... with drainage holes in the bottom. Great for air plants as well as succulents, 3.25 inches in diameter, and it comes in several other designs & colors. Monstera Leaf Placemat For... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Gardening with Foliage First: 127 Dazzling Combinations that Pair the Beauty of Leaves with Flowers, Bark, Berries, and More (Timber Press, 2017) Another terrific book from authors Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz ... practical, crammed with important information to turn your designs into spectacular shows. My full review is here.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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All from the Huntington Online Shop in San Marino, CA. Butterfly Gingko Serving Bowl by designer Michael Aram As the Huntington puts it, the Butterfly Ginkgo Collection celebrates the representation of flora as fauna. The hand-crafted bowl is made from stainless steel, natural and oxidized brass and measures 9 x... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes (Timber Press, 2017) It's an art museum, it's a community space, a botanical garden suspended above the streets, an escape from the city. Focus: Plantings by Piet Oudolf, with gorgeous photos by Rick Darke. It's the story of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 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 Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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There are many books on Japanese gardens, but not many that let you know with clarity what it all means, from the ancient historic gardens throughout the country to the contemporary ones today. In The Japanese Garden (Phaidon, 2017), British garden designer Sophie Walker surveys 92 gardens spanning 1200 years... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) of the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC opens an exhibit on November 15, 2017 on "Art from the Garden: Ceramics & Sculptures by Marc Peter Keane." The show runs through December 27, 2017. Keane, a landscape architect whose artworks are inspired by nature... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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As designers, we all look to California gardens for inspiration. The designs are always magical, somehow, and the myriad plant combinations make all of us envious. So, in their latest book, Private Gardens of the Bay Area (Monacelli Press, 2017), authors Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner, (with stunning images by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Landscape Architecture November *See my article : All About Bamboo *See my article on Smithsonian Gardens Exhibition *Great new streetscape in Salt Lake City *Cities of tomorrow & self-driving cars Horticulture Nov-Dec *The geographic movement of trees - west and north *New plant introductions for 2018 *Award-winning plants *Grasses to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: Lauren Stimson, ASLA It's not often you get the chance to restore a historic landscape with links to the Gilded Age, the beginning of Acadia National Park in Maine, and a land preservation movement in New England. Stephen Stimson Associates won an Honor Award for the five-acre site once... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline