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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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It's not exactly easy to see this garden .. it's a private garden that's open to the public only one day a week in late July, August, and early September. The number of visitors is also restricted, so you must make reservations early. I was lucky enough to see it... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at GardenDesignOnline
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ASLA has released a new, online, green infrastructure guide, and you'll definitely want to bookmark the link. It lists all the benefits of green building and landscaping, whether on a large or small scale. There are special sections on forests and nature reserves; wildlife habitat and corridors; cities; constructed wetlands;... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: NYBG-Mark Pfeffer - click to enlarge Before winter sets in, take a trip to the NY Botanical Garden to see the new Seasonal Walk next to the Enid Haupt Conservatory. It was composed by renowned Dutch designer Piet Oudolf and contains some 8000 bulbs and perennials, all in a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: Urban Oasis - click to enlarge Hard to believe this pool was once a problematical eyesore, but a talented designer can deal with almost any existing conditions. Designer Debbie Gliksman of Urban Oasis in Los Angeles won a merit award this year from APLD for the project, which happens... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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What a great idea ... from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. It's a free mobile app called TX Invasives, which you can download from iTunes or the Android Play Store. Users of the app will find detailed information on invasive species that threaten Texas, whether plant, animal,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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Well, it is the Garden State, even though you'd never know it if you're in the middle of a nightmare drive somewhere on I-95. But now, Gardens of the Garden State (Monacelli Press, 2014) will get you off 95 and into the dream world of the state's rich and diverse... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Sept 6-December 7, Recapturing the Scenic Wilds, Bronx, NY Exhibition on natural history display, Wave Hill, 718-549-3200 Landscape for Life Webinars Learn & Teach Sustainable Practices, US Botanic Garden & Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Sept 4, Gardens are for Living, San Francisco, CA 5:45... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Readers, I'll be on vacation for a few weeks ... please look around the site ... the Archives go back to October of 2005! (What?!) Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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Images: Solar Decathlon - click to enlarge Three students from the George Washington University Landscape Design Program won a 2014 gold award from APLD for this landscape design of a 2013 Solar Decathlon Home in Irvine, CA. The landscape design students, along with others from American University and the Catholic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Garden Dialogues - various locations and dates in U.S. Landscape architects discuss their projects on site. 202-483-0553 August 7, The Garden of Designer Bunny Williams, NW CT 10am-noon, Tour of Williams Gdn, Berkshire Botanical Garden, 413-298-3926 August 7, A Native Meadow: 40 Acres & 10... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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This is a book that every designer and homeowner has been waiting for -- residential landscapes that are gorgeous, functional, and yet nurture wildlife, deepening the connections between humans and the natural world. Ecologist and author Doug Tallamy and photographer and author Rick Darke teamed up in a brilliant combination... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: Johnsen landscapes - click to enlarge Not everyone is lucky enough to have a site overlooking the Hudson River, and designer Jan Johnsen decided it was perfect for a garden that was refined and naturalistic, similar to the paintings of the Hudson River School. Johnsen's design won a merit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: Arapaho Crape Myrtle - USNA Oh no. It can't be true. But yes, researchers at the University of Florida report that some crape myrtles -- iconic in the south and the midatlantic -- and yes, even appearing and surviving on Cape Cod -- have been afflicted with bacterial leaf... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: St. John Landscapes - click to enlarge Not everyone has a steep front yard -- always difficult to manage -- and this Mediterranean design won a 2014 Merit Award from APLD for designer Patricia St. John, APLD, of Berkeley, CA. One of the homeowners had polio as a child... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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Landscape Architecture July *The Urban Agriculture Takes Hold Across the Country *Planting Design for Arid Landscapes *Art-y Public Infrastructure *Fabulous fabrics for outdoors *Going Car-less Fine Gardening August *Plants for dry shade gardening *Designing Perennial Containers *How to deal with a steep front yard slope *Outdoor finishes for wood Horticulture... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Yes, you always have to read the latest from Grounded Design ... this time Thomas' comments on planting design, and the great benefits of failure. Read it here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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click images to enlarge It's a five-flight walkup, but yes, who wouldn't give anything for this view of Boston. The fortunate who live in this building were fortunate to have Carey Erdman of Erdman Design in Boston install this rooftop garden, shared by the residents of the building. The owners... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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click to enlarge images This garden is in the backyard of a South End Boston townhouse ... opening out onto the narrow alley. Pete Cadieux and Jim Douthit of A Blade of Grass in Wayland, MA, saved an old mahogany deck, but more or blasted out the rest of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Garden Dialogues - various locations and dates in U.S. Landscape architects discuss their projects on site. 202-483-0553 July 6, Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours, NY Dutchess County July 7-13 Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, Crested Butte, CO Hikes, garden tours, classes & more 970-349-2571 July 9,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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click to enlarge I went on the South End Garden Tour in Boston last weekend, and again, it did not disappoint. What I love about it most is the eclectic nature of the gardens, all of them rather tiny and mostly in backyards. You always see something you don't expect,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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images: Envision Landscape Studio - click to enlarge This Danville, CA, design by Colin Miller of Envision Landscape Studio in Walnut Creek won a Gold Award this year from APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers), and it's no wonder that Miller was also named 2014 Designer of the Year. Stucco... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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images: Kate Armstrong, Ph.D., NYBG The New York Botanical Garden has embarked upon a two-phase program to document Myanmar's incredibly rich plant life and train botanists there to undertake research and promote sustainability in the country's forests. The NYBG says that due to decades of isolation, the country probably has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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This book was originally published a few years ago -- a coffee table book -- but it's now available in this smaller format hardcover version, and anyone interested in landscapes or architecture wouldn't want to be without it. The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright (Frances Lincoln, 2009) by author and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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images: Grace Design Associates - click to enlarge You may be surprised ... but yes, this is the front yard! Another imaginative design by Margie Grace of Santa Barbara won a merit award this year from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), and that's no wonder. The main design... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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I never see a swath of ornamental grasses without thinking of Kurt Bluemel, who died last week at the age of 81. Bluemel, known as the "King of Grasses," was largely responsible, along with the late landscape architect Wolfgang Oehme, for popularizing grasses and wildflowers in natural landscape settings throughout... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline