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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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photos: Matthew Cunningham - click to enlarge Landscape architect Matthew Cunningham (Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC) won a gold award this year from APLD for this urban property just outside Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. The home is sited several feet below the street, and stormwater often collected in the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Betty Woodman is one of the most celebrated ceramics artists working today, and six of her seven cast bronze and hand-painted garden benches will be on display from August 1- November 15, 2016, at Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills, New Jersey. The benches were created over the past 17 years... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Star Roses & Plants Hydrangea macrophylla 'L.A. Dreamin' (Star Roses & Plants) A new North American Hydrangea Test Garden has recently opened at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA. Heritage President & CEO Ellen Spear said the organization is "proud to collaborate with the major hydrangea growers and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
I can't remember how many times over the years -- at conferences, lectures and the like -- that I asked Larry Weaner when he was going to write a book. Finally, it's here: Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change by Larry Weaner and Thomas... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Metropolis Magazine has named the 16 best architectural projects of the 21st century, and they include two well-known landscape projects. The High Line -- designed by James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Dutch designer and plantsman Piet Oudolf -- was cited for its "transformational" qualities. Olson... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
What bird wouldn't want to take a bath in this? It's actually a sundial birdbath from Telescopes of Vermont. The birdbath is made of bronze, but it can be ordered in different patinas and finishes. The one pictured here is the most popular -- verdigris patina. The basin rim can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
As designers, who wouldn't want want a landscape plan by Roberto Burle Marx to frame and put up on the wall ... abstract modern art at some of its best. Not only was Burle Marx a celebrated landscape architect, he also designed jewelry, tile mosaics, textiles and tapestries, and was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Landscape Architecture July *Conversation "interview" on wild landscape design strategies with Thomas Rainer (Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes --(Timber Press-- and Margie Ruddick (Wild By Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes -- Island Press). *The Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston comes of age. *Ken... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: thru Sept 11, Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 thru Sept 18, Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, New York, NY Jewish Museum, 212-423-3200 Garden Dialogues: Garden tours with landscape architects who designed them, TCLF, 202-483-0553 July 18: Boston Metro... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: Suki Choe for Quennell Rothschild & Partners- click to enlarge The Battery, at the foot of Manhattan, is open to the public again after surviving the 9-11 attack and Hurricane Sandy. Landscape Architects Quennell Rothschild & Partners led a team of designers to restore the area, in cooperation with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Of course you will know many of the excerpts in this gorgeous book, Shakespeare's Gardens (Frances Lincoln Ltd, 2016) by British author Jackie Bennett. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 1 scene 1: And in the wood where often you and I Upon faint primrose beds were wont to lie, Henry... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
I never thought too much about outdoor wall art -- but if you've got a fence or a wall or the side of a garden shed, why not? Love this design, "Estrella" or "Star" by Jennifer Asher & Mario Lopez of TerraSculpture. It's crafted from powder-coated aluminum and the size... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
It's a presidential election year, so what's more appropriate than a book on the long history of the gardens at the White House. In All the Presidents' Gardens: Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's RosesHow the White House Grounds Have Grown with America (Timber Press, 2016), author Marta McDowell takes you through... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: Katherine Field & Associates via APLD Katherine Field & Associates Landscape Architects of Newport, Rhode Island, received a Gold Award from APLD for their "Bridge House" project. The property includes a steep slope along a rocky coastline, and the clients wanted a new pool and spa, along with entertaining... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Landscape architect Matthew Cunningham won a 2016 Gold Award in the Small Gardens category from APLD. This Boston garden is on Beacon Hill, in one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods, and it's just steps from the Massachusetts State House. The four story brick mansion has an L-shaped flat garden... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Sunset June *Trendy Modern Slant greenhouse from in Oregon. * Herb Garden Supreme *Replacing the lawn with edibles by LA Vera Gates The American Gardener May-June *Best perennial vines for temperate gardens * Best hedgerow plants to attract beneficial wildlife * All about Geums * Best Native Ferns *... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) has announced the winners of its design awards for 2016 -- and the top prize this year went to Carrie Preston of Studio TOOP in the Netherlands for a Show Garden created in collaboration with Jasper Helmantel of Cruydt Hoeck for the Appeltern... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
If you're into music in the garden, and not the earbud in your ear type, these planter-speakers may be just the thing for you. The teak enclosure, with clean, spare lines, would look great in a modern garden, but probably would do as well on almost any deck. There's a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Anyone who's visited Mt. Vernon or Monticello is well aware that our earliest presidents were most interested in plants and horticulture. As it took some time for the new capital city to take shape, as well as the White House, the White House grounds only took shape when a design... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: thru Sept 11, Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 thru Sept 18, Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, New York, NY Jewish Museum, 212-423-3200 June 4, Designing with Succulents, Copake Falls, NY 11AM, Lecture, designer Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has released their list of the top 10 new species for 2016, including two new plants. From Gabon, there's a new tree species, Sirdavidia solannona, shown here, which was found just a few meters from the main road in the Monts de... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Ellen Woods Researchers at Cornell University who are studying the decline of Monarch butterflies have determined that it's not only a lack of milkweed, herbicides, and genetically modified crops that are contributing to the drop in Monarch populations. The scientists report that Monarchs also suffer from sparse sources of... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
This is an illlustrated guide to some of the great designers -- past and present -- and what we can learn from them today. In Lessons from the Great Gardeners: Forty Gardening Icons and What They Teach Us (University of Chicago Press, 2016), author Matthew Biggs offers brief bios of... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Opening this Saturday, May 14: a major exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden explores the horticultural inspiration behind American Impressionism. A garden reflecting the paintings of artists like Willliam Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent is on display at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Old fashioned flowers... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Garden Design Spring *Explore the Monk's Garden at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh *Elements of functional outdoor spaces by designer Molly Wood of Costa Mesa, CA *Wildlife sanctuary along the shore in Kirkland, WA by LA Paul Broadhurst *Painting the landscape in Chicago... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline