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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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click images to enlarge I really like the hand-woven outdoor rugs from Harbour Outdoor of Australia. Very ecological as well. The fibers are made from one hundred percent recycled plastic bottles, and they are hand-woven by artisans in India. Check out the Harbour website here, download their catalogue, and if... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Landscape architects aren't generally known for their expert plant knowledge, but one of the great exceptions is Edmund Hollander, who's been designing grand gardens with his business partner Maryanne Connelly since 1989 at Edmund Hollander Design. In his new book, The Good Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Edmund Hollander Design... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: thru November 1: Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden Life, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden 718-817-8700 JULY Garden Dialogues: July 18, Lakeville, CT (LA Larry Weaner) July 19, Falls Village, CT (designed by AE Bye) July 18, Dedham, MA (LA Keith LeBlanc) July 18, Boston (Landworks Studio)... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Whoever thought someone would make a movie about the creation of the gardens at Versailles? Opening July 26th is A Little Chaos, a feature film -- actually a romantic drama -- focusing on the major personalities involved in the building of Versailles. In the starring role is Kate Winslet as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
If you're like me, and you plant certain shrubs and flowers to attract hummingbirds -- what gardener wouldn't? -- you'll definitely want to check out this new Hummerbar. The two foot long version accommodates 22 hummers, and the four-foot long version takes twice as many. If you haven't seen it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Frick - Michael Bodycomb In a rare victory for preservationists, the Frick Collection in New York City dropped major expansion plans that would have demolished a garden and water lily pond designed by the renowned British landscape architect Russell Page. A statement posted online by the Frick said the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
The American Gardener May-June *Balcony gardens with almost everything you'd want *Best of the best in hydrangea choices *Irises for every site *Whimsical garden art Note: Subscription through AHS (American Horticultural Society) Sunset June *Design for a dog-friendly garden by landscape architect Karen Ford *How to deal with drought in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Meredith Harris Photographers Next time you're flying through Colorado, make sure you take in the huge lily sculpture at the Denver International Airport. Denver Lily is by Denver-based artist Price Davis, and it will be on display through July. The airport's art and culture manager, Chris Stevens, says the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Wishbone - click to enlarge What's not to love about these fab New York Chairs -- an update on the classic Adirondack -- from Wishbone Site Furnishings. First, they're made from recycled plastic -- 100 percent. And they themselves are 100% recyclable should you ever get sick of them.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events round the Country: thru November 1: Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden Life, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden 718-817-8700 JUNE Garden Dialogues: NYC Area, Philadelphia Area, Washington DC Area Garden tours with the landscape architects who designed them, TCLF, 202-483-0553 June 4-6 Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, Millersville, PA... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Gardner Museum - click to enlarge Landscape architect Ken Smith has done it again ... this time it's Fenway Deity, installed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The inflatable medallion, suspended from a gold necklace, faces the Boston Fens and echoes the large wheel window on the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Garden Design Spring *Containers by Larry Kornegay *A small, daydream garden in Cambridge, MA by Julie Moir Messervy *Plant collector's garden in Portland, OR by Garden Diva Designs *Bernard Trainor designs a rustic garden in Napa, CA to fit the landscape *Stephen Stimson designs a treehouse garden aloft in Philadelphia... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has announced the winners of its 16th annual National Design Awards, and the top Director's Award went to designer and author Jack Lenor Larsen. Cooper Hewitt called him one of the "world's foremost advocates of traditional and contemporary crafts ... a dominant resource for signature... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Like That Garden App Just tried this app for identifying flowers ... and I can say it works great. It's not absolutely perfect (Is that an orchid or a dianthus flower?) -- but when you know it's not an orchid .... You snap a photo of the flower with your... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: NYBG - click to enlarge A major exhibition on the art, garden, and life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo opens this coming weekend at the NY Botanical Garden. (May 16-Nov 1). The focus of the exhibition is on Kahlo's avid interest in nature, and it includes a re-imagination of... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Photographer Stacy Bass has been taking images of gardens and nature for a good many years. In this, her second book, Gardens at First Light (athome Books, 2015), she concentrates on 12 classic northeast gardens, all photographed at early dawn. They're all formal in style, but she's selected lovely features... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Carex Tours click to enlarge Still time to book a tour later this month with Carex Tours, led by landscape designer Carolyn Mullet. You'll take in the Chelsea Flower Show and many other classic British gardens: the RHS Garden at Wisley, Hidcote Manor Garden (one of my very favorites),... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
It's been awhile since I've checked the Seibert and Rice catalogue for new terracotta containers -- and there are some very nice ones I've missed along the way. Some might call them petrified stumps -- but they're actually planters designed by landscape architect Mario Nievera -- he calls them "faux... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Sunset is not kidding when they say this is the ultimate guide to drought-tolerant plants and gardens. In the Sunset Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings: The Ultimate Guide to Low-Water Beds, Borders, and Containers (Oxmoor House, 2015), the Sunset editors give you everything a designer could possibly want in... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: May 2, All About Containers Saturday, Bronx, NY 10AM-5PM, Three separate, different sessions, NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 Repeated May 16 at NYBG Midtown Center May 2-3 Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour, CA 10AM-5PM, 35 gardens, self-guided tour, various locations. May 2-3 Garden Conservancy Open... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Among the new shrubs from Bailey Nurseries: First Editions® Toscana™ Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'BailJulia') You've got to be careful where you use barberry, but the small hybrids don't seem to be as problematical as the straight species, which can be very invasive. The foliage on this new one is gorgeous... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Tournesol - click to enlarge If you're thinking of Ipe or a different South American hardwood, you might want to consider Boulevard® structural wood tiles or decking from Tournesol Siteworks. The lumber is typically red oak or ash from Minnesota or Wisconsin, treated at high temperatures in a special... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of soils for future food security world-wide. A General Assembly resolution says that soil conservation will also help all countries adapt to climate change, preserve essential ecosystems, alleviate poverty and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: Thorne, APLD Landscape architect David Thorne won a 2015 gold award for this 10 acre reclamation project in Lafayette, CA. The goal was to restore and repopulate the landscape with oaks and native grasses and provide the clients with a sustainable retreat, complete with pool, entertaining areas and an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
NYBG Antiques Show & Sale April 24-26 It's the 23rd annual Antique Garden Furniture Fair, with tons of offerings from more than 30 vendors. It's the largest garden antiques fair in the country, with some of the finest items available. The granite lanterns shown here, offered by Village Braider Antiques... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline