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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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The American Horticultural Society has announced its garden book awards for 2017. Here they are: All the Presidents' Gardens: Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's RosesHow the White House Grounds Have Grown with America (Timber Press, 2016) by Marta McDowell. Author McDowell takes you through the decades and all the changes wrought... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: thru April 16, 2017, "The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin," Washington DC National Building Museum, 202-272-2448, sponsor: TCLF thru April 9, Orchid Daze, Atlanta, GA Atlanta Botanical Garden, 404-876-5859 thru April 9, The Orchid Show: Thailand, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 thru May... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: Hobbit Hole Store I know that chickens are very popular these days ... and even if you're doing high-end design, you may run into clients who want a big vegetable garden and perhaps chickens, too. So -- if you're going to go that route, the least you can do... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
March 23-March26 82nd Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens, Savannah, GA. Should be lots of wonderful plants in bloom. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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New offerings from David Francis Furniture: Fun, Funky, Fabulous for the right yard. photos: David Francis - click to enlarge The Marrakesh Armchair Woven Eolene over powder-coated aluminum frame. Colors: White or Paprika Nantucket Loveseat Powder-coated aluminum frame in Snow finish, Sunbrella Fabrics Armchair and tables to match. Napa Armchair... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
I don't endorse any products, and I'm not endorsing Solus Firepits, but the company had a very interesting blog post recently on the legality of firepits around the country. The message is: if you or your client are thinking about putting one in the yard, make sure you check out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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There have been many books published about Japanese gardens, but The Gardens of Japan (Frances Lincoln Ltd, 2017) by Helena Attlee is right up there near the top of my list. (FYI, the hardback was published in 2010, and this new edition is the paperback). Although it includes well-known Japanese... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Mesa Glow® Maple (Acer grandidentatum 'JFS-NuMex 3') A new maple that's drought-tolerant and cold hardy is expected to be on the retail market next year. And besides those attributes, it has deep orange-red fall color, an upright form, and great disease resistance. Developed at New Mexico State University by Professor... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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click on photos to enlarge If the theme is "Holland, Flowering the World," you'd of course expect to see lots of tulips. But this year's Philadelphia Flower Show is much more: it's a celebration of Dutch Wave Design, the latest trend in sustainable, naturalistic gardens. Three major proponents of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: ASLA The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has released its survey of design trends for 2017. The results indicate that the ecological message is getting through. Consumers now prefer sustainable elements for their outdoor living spaces, although at the same time they want tech-friendly design. For the first... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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A 200-year-old elm tree in Perth Amboy, New Jersey has withstood innumerable trials: Dutch elm disease, a terrible storms over decades, including Hurricane Sandy in 2012. To preserve the tree's genetic heritaqe, scientists from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service are cutting twigs from the tree's aging branches and flash freezing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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images: GMR Design - click to enlarge Philadelphia Flower Show March 11-19, 2017 From the moment you walk into the Flower Show, you can tell by the gigantic windmills in the background that this year's theme is the Netherlands. And right you'd be. "Holland, Flowering the World," celebrates Dutch culture,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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If you're looking for a reason to design or install a cutting garden, look no further than this book In Floral Diplomacy: At the White House (Stichtung Kunstboek, 2017), former White House Floral Designer Laura Dowling takes you on an engaging tour of the White House, with emphasis on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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click on images to enlarge In general, I love springtime in Washington DC ... but this year is truly frightening. I know that Okame cherries are about the first to bloom, but in the last week of February? These photos were taken at American University Arboretum in upper Northwest DC,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: thru April 16, 2017, "The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin," Washington DC National Building Museum, 202-272-2448, sponsor: TCLF thru March 5, Orchid Mania, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Botanical Garden, 216-721-1600 thru March 31, Orchid Extravaganza, Kennett Square, PA Longwood Gardens, 610-388-1000 thru May 14, Orchids:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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The problem with most vegetable gardens is that they look like veg gardens, unless they are fenced off and away from the main designed landscape. However, in Build a Better Vegetable Garden: 30 DIY Projects to Improve your Harvest (Frances Lincoln Ltd., 2017), British author Joyce Russell offers 30 projects... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: NYBG The Orchid Show: Thailand - Now through April 9, 2017 Orchids .. there's always something more to explore. This is the 15th year of the New York Botanical Garden's orchid show, and the focus is Thailand, home to more than 1200 native orchid species and the largest exporter... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Photos: Jane Berger - click to enlarge You probably are not familiar with this early spring bloom...I surely wasn't until horticulturist Drew Asbury at Hillwood Museum & Gardens asked me to write a brief profile about it. It's Edgeworthia chrysantha, commonly called paperbush, a suckering shrub that's a member of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Garden Design Winter 2017 *Gardens of Key West LA Craig Reynolds: Profile of Reynolds plus four of his dramatic, tropical, minimalist gardens. *Reasons to visit Lotusland: As executive director Gwen Stauffer notes, garden creator Madame Ganna Walska "..had a very creative flair ... She was creating styles and setting trends."... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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There are always some great winners among the new selections from Jackson and Perkins: photos: Jackson and Perkins Surreal™ Floribunda Rose (Rosa 'Surreal') Great color to this new exclusive rose from J&P ... blooms with hues of dark apricot, gold, orange, and pink, with a moderate, fruity fragrance. Dense, light... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Why not install several unusual plants in your garden -- plants that lend some pizazz to the border, cutting, or herb garden -- but that have also have a life beyond the outdoors. In Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants (Ten Speed Press, 2017), landscape designers Stefani Bittner... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Some lovely new selections this year from Bailey Nurseries. First Editions® Evermore™ Orange Azalea (Rhododendron MAXXOHI-02) I get tired of azaleas sometimes, but I might just go for this color in a big way. It's re-blooming, with a height and spread of three to four feet, an upright mounded form... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Ai Weiwei Exhibition - thru August 20, 2017, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park This is the first exhibition of works by Chinese artist and human rights activist Ai Weiwei at a botanic garden, and it is well worth a visit alone to see his Iron Tree, acquired by the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Days are getting shorter, and it's almost time to start thinking about Spring ... and gardens. If you have design in mind, you might want to consider some of the tips in the latest book from author Sally Roth, The Beginner's Guide to Starting a Garden: 326 Fast, Easy, Affordable... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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New this year from Star Roses: my favorites, among all the new ones. photos: Star Roses & Plants -- click to enlarge Princesse Charlene de Monaco® (Rosa 'Meidysouk') A new hybrid tea with blooms of shell pink to light apricot, a very strong scent and excellent disease resistance. The leaves... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline