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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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Please enjoy the blog while I'm on vacation ... plenty of articles in the back archives to keep you busy. And have a great vacation yourselves! See you again in September, or a little before. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: thru Aug 12, Happiness: The Writer in the Garden," New Haven, CT Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 203-432-2977 thru Sept 10, Roberto Burle Marx Drawings, Landscapes, More. Glencoe, IL Chicago Botanic Garden, 847-835-5440 thru Oct 29, Artworks & more by Dale Chihuly, Bronx,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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click on images to enlarge Just got a new release from The Branch Studio in Michigan... and some very nice items indeed. These Stuart Tables are fashioned from ipe and steel, in a lovely design fit for any modern (or maybe even classical) garden. Three sizes, from 7 to 10... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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If you liked Debra Lee Baldwin's first edition of this book published 10 years ago, then you will definitely have to have a copy of this complete re-write, which includes several featured succulent gardens from designers and dedicated homeowners. In the preface to this second edition, Designing with Succulents (Timber... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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click images to enlarge If you've got the space and the money .... you could carve 10 acres of formal gardens out of the total 64 acre private estate in Frederick, MD, at the base of the Catoctin Mountains. But on this Garden Conservancy Tour, I wasn't sure what this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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click photos to enlarge People willing to show their gardens on Garden Conservancy Tours are to be applauded for their dedication and sometimes many years of hard work. BUT ...they could sometimes benefit with advice from a professional designer. The English-style garden in front, with lots of boxwood, was planned... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Increasing periods of drought and high temperatures due to climate change are causing more wildfires across the country. So how can we harness fire's power of healing and renewal for our property, natural landscapes and forests? In Land on Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West (Timber Press,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Garden Design Summer *An edible garden in Atherton, CA designed with help from Leslie Bennett. *A native desert retreat designed by LA Steve Martino in Paradise Valley, AZ *A woodland wonderland in Whidbey Island, WA echoing Bloedel Reserve *Small suburban gardens by Steelman & Sams of Mosaic Gardens. Landscape Architecture... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Not every architect wears leather biker gear with buckles and studs, but Peter Marino has told interviewers that his clothing -- he calls it the "tatooed biker look" -- is just a decoy. He's actually a distinguished award-winning architect, as well as a noted art collector. Marino has also designed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: thru Aug 12, Happiness: The Writer in the Garden," New Haven, CT Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 203-432-2977 thru Sept 10, Roberto Burle Marx Drawings, Landscapes, More. Glencoe, IL Chicago Botanic Garden, 847-835-5440 thru Oct 29, Artworks & more by Dale Chihuly, Bronx,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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This is national pollinator week .... so go out, get some more natives for your yard and plant them! Our bees, birds, and butterflies are in danger and they depend on us to keep them alive. Check out the website here of the Pollinator Partnership ... everything you need to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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click on photos to enlarge Not sure I would've had the nerve to take on a project like this ... a multi-level house on a very steep site .. rising way up in the back yard once you reach the top. But it was no challenge at all for designer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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There's no mistaking one of Barbara Katz's gardens. Katz, a garden designer who owns London Landscapes LLC and practices in the Washington DC area, is a master in the art of color, texture and architectural form. The garden was one of four featured in a recent tour by the local... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Fairy houses for children are pretty popular these days, so how about some fairy gardens to go along with them? In The Gardening in Miniature Prop Shop: Handmade Accessories for Your Tiny Living World (Timber Press, 2017), author Janet Calvo shows you how to create miniature accessories to go along... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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And of course it's in New Jersey! Deep Cut Gardens was once owned by Mafia boss Vito Genovese, who bought the 54 acre property in New Jersey in 1935 as a peaceful retreat for his family away from their home in New York City. He obviously spared no expense in... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: thru Aug 12, Happiness: The Writer in the Garden," New Haven, CT Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, 203-432-2977 thru Sept 10, Roberto Burle Marx Drawings, Landscapes, More. Glencoe, IL Chicago Botanic Garden, 847-835-5440 thru Oct 29, Artworks & more by Dale Chihuly, Bronx,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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images: Smithsonian - click to enlarge If you, like me, have often wondered why American gardeners are so fixated on British gardens, it's probably because they just haven't bothered to delve into the fascinating story of our own gardens here in the United States. But now, the full story is... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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There are lots of books about Monet's garden at Giverny, which inspired so many of his artworks, but this new slipcased volume includes much more than photos and descriptions of the garden. In A Day with Claude Monet in Giverny (Flammarion, 2017-- distributed by Rizzoli International), art historian and writer... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: Charles Mayer - click to enlarge Jim Douthit of a Blade of Grass in Wayland, MA, received a 2017 Gold Award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) for this farmhouse garden -- his own -- in Wayland. To screen the property from a busy road, Douthit planted... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Washington DC has long been known as the "City of Trees" because of its diverse and historic tree population. From the famous flowering cherry trees around the Tidal Basin to the southern magnolias at the White House and the 4000+ trees on the Capitol grounds, it's part of what makes... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: Chicago Parks Foundation Dutch designer Piet Oudolf has been tapped to design new plantings for the historic Jens Jensen Formal Garden in Chicago's Humboldt Park. Jensen's garden, dating back to 1908, has been deteriorating for years, but a restoration project is now underway sponsored by the Chicago Parks Foundation,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Beinecke: Photo of William Carlos Williams gardening, 1955, click to enlarge You have to admit ... poet William Carlos Williams looks gloriously happy in the midst of his garden. A special exhibition, Happiness: The Writer in the Garden, is now open (through August 12) at Yale's Beinecke Rare Book &... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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These two new titles from Timber Press will carry you beautifully through the planting season. There are lots of books on shade gardening, but this one stands out as the one you might want on your reference shelf because of its all-inclusive subject matter and comprehensive list (with photos) of... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Two NYC Projects that won 2017 APLD GOLD Landscape Design Awards: photos: Paul Warchol - click to enlarge Brooklyn Townhouse Lauren Pucciarelli - Gunn Landscape Architecture This double design challenge includes a shaded patio garden -- just 610 square feet -- that connects the kitchen with an outdoor dining area.... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Not really a big surprise that LA Matthew Cunningham has won this year's International Designer of the Year Award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). Cunningham's work just gets better and better, and this "Waban Hillside" garden in Newton, MA, is just one example of his signature designs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline