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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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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 yesterday at GardenDesignOnline
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 3 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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 6 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: A Moment, Washington DC 21st... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Some of the striking new plants for 2017 from Spring Meadow Nursery: photos: Spring Meadow Nursery - click to enlarge Wabi-Sabi™ Viburnum (Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum 'SMVPTFD') Wow! A dwarf, low-growing doublefile viburnum. Deer and rabbit resistant, it's great for the front of the border, just 24-36 inches high and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
APLD - DC-MD-VA Chapter Winter Lecture Award-Winning Landscape Architect Matthew Cunningham 10am-noon, Saturday, February 11, 2017 Silver Spring Civic Building 1 Veterans PLace Silver Spring, MD 20910 Subject: All About the Details: STone, Wood, and Metal Detailing in Landscape Purchase tickets here: Click on image below to enlarge. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: Seibert-Rice - click to enlarge Gardens aren't always about the plants. And to illustrate the point, just take a look at this new planter from Seibert & Rice, the latest addition to its American Collection. The Landcraft Pot was designed by horticulturist and garden designer Dennis Schrader, featuring large... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Some lovely new plants for 2017 from Monrovia -- just a few that I particularly like. Burly Blue™ Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum 'MonOvr') Blue-grey conifers deserve a special place in the garden, and this one is particularly nice because -- yes! -- it's a groundcover. Just two feet high, it'll spread... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Sunset January *Idea Garden: a big, bold landscape featuring succulents -- perfect for low-water conditions and a modern residence. Designed by landscape architect Steve Sutherland. Fine Gardening February *Trees with best bark for year-round interest *For spring: best of the astilbes * Design: Options for designing yourself or with a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
I've never been a big fan of rock gardening, but maybe that's because I don't know much about it. I might change my mind after perusing the new book by Joseph Tychonievich, Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style (Timber Press, 2016). The author worked at the Shibamichi Honten Nursery in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Photo: Perennial Plant Assn - click to enlarge The Perennial Plant Association has named butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) its Perennial Plant of the Year for 2017. The association cited the plant for its "ability to support insects and birds and serve as the primary caterpillar food for a beloved North... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Two new roses this year from David Austin are notable for their color and blooms. photos: David Austin - click to enlarge Rosa 'Desdemona' According to Michael Marriott, Austin's senior rosarian, says 'Desdemona' is the company's best white English Rose to date, and it does well in both hot and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Photo Courtesy CWLPD - click to enlarge images The Society of Municipal Arborists has selected the Chestnut Oak (Quercus montana or Q. prinus) as its Urban Tree of the Year for 2017. These tall, stately trees are one of my favorites, found in many urban locations in the eastern part... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: Nov 5-April 16, 2017, "The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin," Washington DC National Building Museum, 202-272-2448, sponsor: TCLF Jan 5, Webinar: Evaluating Conservation Landscape Designs Ecological Landscape Alliance, 617-436-5838 Jan 11, Urban Gardening Series: Naturalistic Gardening, Cambridge, MA 7-8:30PM, Cambridge Public Library, 508-877-7630 Jan... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Go online to the botanical garden of your choice ... and give the great gift of a garden membership. It's one of the best presents available for any dedicated gardener or designer that's on your list. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
This is the new and revised edition of The New York Botanical Garden: Revised and Updated Edition (Abrams, 2016), originally published 11 years ago. This edition includes essays and photos of some of the new gardens by contemporary designers. You don't want to miss it, and a great gift for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
From Stone Forest ... solid granite planter (with drain holes in the bottom) 12" x 24" x 10" high -- wonderful addition to the deck, patio, a patio table. It won't break the bank, and a designer you love will love you for for your thoughtful gift. For High Line... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
A great reference work from British designer and author Noel Kingsbury, with the added bonus of fabulous photographs or botanical drawings. Garden Flora: The Natural and Cultural History of the Plants In Your Garden (Timber Press, 2016). Perfect for a coffee table, the bedside, or next to your computer, where... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Downspout Trellis from Kinsman Company. These trellises sell out fast, fast, fast every spring ... so maybe the holidays are the best time to secure one for the coming year. Can't think of a better way to hide those ugly things than with a climbing clematis or other lovely flowering... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline