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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
Interests: Facebook: Garden Design Online Twitter: GdnDesignOnline
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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 yesterday at GardenDesignOnline
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Some of my favorite titles from this year, all terrific picks for the gardener / designer on your gift list. Particularly good for designers: This book will give you a new perspective on the art of 20th century master landscape designers Roberto Burle Marx. Aside from landscapes, Burle Marx was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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Four Seasons Mugs from the American Horticultural Society (AHS). Pretty, colorful eight-ounce mugs featuring plants for summer, winter, spring, and fall. Bone china. AHS logo underneath. And you'll be supporting the AHS, our national horticultural society. And add a membership while you're at it ... it includes the terrific magazine... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: James Schrader Just when you thought there would never be anything new in plant pots, along come bioplastic pots. According to horticulturists at Iowa State University, not only are these pots bio-degradable, they can also release nutrients as they naturally break down. Bioplastics are made from renewable biological sources,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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Some of my old favorites ... you can't miss if you give one of these items to a favorite gardener or designer. Soil Knife. A.M. Leonard Don't fool around with any other kind of weeder. Believe me, this stainless steel knife from AM Leonard works better -- and faster --... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 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 Nov 20-Dec 2, New England Grows, Boston, MA Northeast Trade show, Boston Convention Center: exhibitions, lectures, demos & more. 508-653-3009 Dec 3, SALE, Seibert & Rice,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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This book would be a wonderful stocking stuffer for anyone you know who likes to cook, who's interested in natural methods of healing, or who is into arts & crafts. In Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine: The Curious Stories of 43 Amazing North American Native Plants (Storey Publishing, 2016) author... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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Amazing. Most designers have heard of the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Hill, California, and know that it was this garden that marked the inception of the Garden Conservancy. But I bet you didn't know that Timber Press released this book about it last month -- in celebration of Ruth's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: Mia Lehrer & Associates LA Mia Lehrer has been involved in the Los Angeles River project for many years. Read the fascinating interview with here in Metropolis Magazine here re the decision to bring in architect Frank Gehry & Partners for the revitalization project. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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If you love fabulous botanical art as much as I do, and if you also have a great appreciation for garden and plant lore, you'll want a copy of this luscious new reference work from British author, designer, and plantsman Noel Kingsbury. In Garden Flora: The Natural and Cultural History... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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Love these chairs from designer Kim Markel, featured recently in a New York Times article. As her website notes, the chairs are whimsical and translucent, "described as looking like candy, ice pops, gummy bears, and ice." Hand-crafted from reclaimed plastics makes them a great environmental statement as well. Blue, green,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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Everyone has a different take on garden trends, and this one is the latest -- from Garden Design Magazine. Hoerr-Schaudt via Garden Design Magazine Geometry is out, natural materials are in, and consumers favor a more DIY look to their gardens. Color-blocking is also popular, as in a bold wall... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 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 Nov 19-Jan 16, Holiday Train Show, NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 718-817-8700 Nov 19-Jan 1, Garden Glow, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, IL 314-577-5100 Nov 25-Jan... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
At a summit last June in Philadelphia sponsored by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, more than 700 landscape architects met to discuss the future of the profession and what all could do to preserve the planet in the 21st century going forward. The result is "The New Landscape Declaration," printed below,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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Well, if you fly in and out of Dulles all the time, or live in the DC area, why wouldn't you want want a Dulles Airport birdfeeder? It's fashioned after the iconic building designed by Eero Saarinen -- and made to order by Paul Coffaro in his Mid-CenturyModernWoodshop in Nevada... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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Well, you can't get any more natural and indestructible as these chairs, sofas, and tables crafted by Stefano Giovanoni and his wife Elisa Gargan in Milan. You may have seen them mentioned recently in an article on furniture in the New York Times. Available from Vondom, these pieces are crafted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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The Cultural Landscape Foundation -- TCLF -- has released the second in its series of online guides produced in collaboration with the National Park Service. The What's Out There Cultural Landscapes Guide to New York City includes profiles of 78 landscapes, from Paley Park -- my favorite outdoor place in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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This book reminds me of a visit some years ago to Ravello, Italy. I'll never forget visiting a garden that featured an enormous tree absolutely covered in yellow roses hanging down in great looping chains off the branches. Sadly it was back in the day before cellphone cameras, so I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes-- photo: Jane Berger Green Business Certification Incâ„¢ (GBCI) has announced a new credential for professionals who are trained in sustainable landscape design. Called SITES AP (SITES Accredited Professional), it establishes standards for sustainable landscape design and gives professionals the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: Robert Benson - NYBG - click to enlarge Don't miss this year's annual Kiku Exhibition at the NY Botanical Garden's Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which runs through the end of this month. Kiku, the Japanese word for chrysanthemum, is Japan's most celebrated fall-flowering plant, and you will see them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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Garden Design Autumn 2016 *Piet Oudolf: Principles of Garden Design *Profile: Jack Lenor Larsen, artist, gardener & founder of LongHouse on Long Island *Dan Hinkley's take on trees the right size for any garden *The Reid garden in Sonoma by a student of John Brookes *A fabulous neighborhood gathering place... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: Westminster Teak - click to enlarge Gotta say, I love the lines of this folding chair from Westminster Teak. It's called the Surf Folding Chair, and it has subtle curves in the seat and the back support that lend it a clean yet casual air. The seat width and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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I have to tell you that as a child, I never read any Beatrix Potter books. Back in those days, I was much more into Caddie Woodlawn and Nancy Drew and the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder -- and Johnny Tremain. BUT -- I do know that there are millions... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
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image: Patricia St. John Landscapes The Garden Media Group has released its annual Garden Trends report. It says that in 2017, gardeners will be concentrating on health and wellness -- growing food and plants both indoors and out without the use of pesticides and chemicals. One big surprise: five million... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: Exhibitions: Oct 8-30, KIKU: The Art of the Japanese Garden, NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY 718-817-8700 Oct 7-8, 63rd Annual Fall Symposium, St. Louis, MO Ecological Restoration in a Changing Biosphere, MO Botanical Garden, 314-577-5100 Oct 8, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: NJ, PA Bucks... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline