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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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images: trellis structures - click to enlarge I've never understood why trellis manufacturers just keep doing the same old thing, year after year after year. After all, a trellis doesn't have to be just for vining plants. An attractive trellis structure can be just that ... part of the decor... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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It's back, and it's going to be much better than ever -- a magazine for true design aficionados, packed with articles on top designers; photos by Roger Foley, Marion Brenner, Rob Cardillo and other craftsmen behind the lens; and a celebration of great AMERICAN gardens. Yay! As you may recall... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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images: click to enlarge My winter-blooming jasmine is finally blooming ... the very first flower in this year's garden, but when it appears, you know everything else is not far behind. This photo was taken at Hillwood Museum & Gardens in Washington DC, planted where the jasmine looks best, spilling... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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These days, everyone seems to want to grow herbs and/or vegetables in their back yards, or join a community garden in a city neighborhood for the pleasure of a little plot of your own. However, if you go that route, you need to be super aware of the soil conditions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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It looks kind of strange, but this new Gaucho Grill from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet might just be the one you want. I once lived in Buenos Aires for two years, and the Argentines are probably among the world's greatest grillers. (Grilled provolone, anyone, with a charred outside and a soft,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: PHS - click to enlarge Some of my favorite plants are on this year's list of Gold Medal Plants announced by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The American fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus) should be used far more often than it is. It's a US native that's covered with airy, fringe-like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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Author Niki Jabbour wrote a terrific book a few years back on vegetable gardening (The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live ) and now, while the subject is related, she's written about some of the best food-producing gardens... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Thru April 13, Orchid Daze, Atlanta, GA "Lasting Impressions," Atlanta Botanical Garden, 404-876-5859 Thru April 21, Orchid Show, Bronx, NY "Key West Contemporary," NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 Thru April 27, Orchid Symphony, Washington DC US Botanic Garden, 202-225-8333 April 3, Annual Ian McHarg Lecture, Philadelphia, PA 6PM, Lecture by Richard... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: nycgovparks.org Muscota Marsh Park is the newest public park in New York City ... and there's a fabulous article about it on Thomas Rainer's blog, Grounded Design, written by Harry Wade, a landscape design student at the NY Botanical Garden. Well worth a read! Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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images: Dedon. Click to enlarge Love the DALA planter collection from Dedon. There's a hand-woven mesh structure on the outside of the planter, and it comes in two colors: stone or grass green. This particular planter is 30 x 30 inches, so it's big enough for even a small tree.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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If you're a professional landscape designer, you should be a member of APLD -- the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. If you join the organization by April 1st, you'll get three months of free membership. And if you become a "certified" designer (a peer-review process), you'll have an edge over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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images: Terra Sculpture - click to enlarge Just got an e-mail from Terra Sculpture, which reminds us all that we need to put things other than plants in the garden to carry us through those times when we have long winters. Terra's "Embrace" sculpture looks fabulous in the wintry landscape... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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Fine Gardening March-April *Breaking the rules of design * Easy-care roses * Designing with different shades of green * Guide for growing edibles * Entry garden design tips Horticulture March April *Tips for placing fragrant plants to best advantage *Small shrubs with a big design bang *Managing trees & shrubs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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Allan Armitage, generally considered the country's top expert on perennials & annuals, has now released an app that can be downloaded to your phone - Android or iOS. It costs 4.99 and contains info on his favorite annuals & perennials (plus photos); a list of independent garden centers in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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Just received a catalogue recently from the Branch Studio, owned by landscape designer Deborah Silver, which reminded me that I never wrote about one of her gardens that I toured last summer. click to enlarge Most of us on the tour didn't realize exactly what was going on until we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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This is not just a book on Japanese gardens ... it's an exploration of the influence of Zen Buddhist concepts in Japanese garden design. In her latest book, Japanese Zen Gardens (Frances Lincoln Ltd 2014), author and BBC correspondent Yoko Kawaguchi takes a detailed look at Zen temple gardens in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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click to enlarge images Great surprise to me ... but this garden was the top landscape winner at this year's Philadelphia Flower Show ... evoking the Brandywine Valley landscapes that inspired three generations of painters in the Wyeth family. It looked like many other exhibits of past years, with flowering... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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The theme this year is ARTiculture, and it's probably the best show I've seen in years. The theme gave the designers something to work with, and some of the results were brilliant. Basson design James Basson of Scape Design in Provence, France, won a best in show award for thoughtful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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© Lanny Provo Photography courtesy Raymond Jungles, Inc. You won't want to miss this year's orchid show at the New York Botanical Garden, March 1-April 21. Called "Key West Contemporary," it's inspired by one of the modern landscapes of designer Raymond Jungles of Miami. In the centerpiece of the show,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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ASLA Honor Award: Sonoma Retreat by Aidlin Darling (photo by Marion Brenner resized) An annual survey by ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) says consumer demand remains strong for outdoor landscapes designed for relaxation and entertaining, and for low-maintenace and sustainable gardens. In the 2014 Landscape Architecture Trends Survey, gardens... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Thru March 3, Orchid Show, St. Louis, MO Missouri Botanical Garden, 314-577-5100 Thru March 9, Orchid Mania, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Botanic Garden, 216-721-1600 Thru March 16, Orchid Show, Glencoe, IL Chicago Botanic Garden, 847-835-5440 Thru March 30: Orchid Extravaganza, Kennett Square, PA Longwood Gardens, 610-388-1000... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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ARTiculture - March 1-9. Philadelphia, PA Art & horticulture have always had a close relationship, and this year's Philadelphia Flower Show will bring the two together in a grand celebration of museums and artists, along with the plants and landscapes that have inspired them. Some of the country's great museums,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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So ... you always wanted a meadow but didn't know how to plant one? Well, with this new book, you can plan a meadow for your urban townhouse garden, your large suburban lot, or even your big estate. In his new book, The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden (Timber Press, 2014),... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
Check out the article on landscape architect Raymond Jungles in the Wall Street Journal. View the article here. A great read. Also, he's speaking on 2/27 at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, where he'll discuss the work of Roberto Burle Marx. More info at www.ftg.org Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: NYBG - Robert Benson The New York Botanical Garden has established a new Humanities Research Institute within its LuEsther T. Mertz Library. And it's a great idea. The institute will bring together NYBG staff, visiting scholars, and graduate student fellows to study landscape and garden design and history; art... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at GardenDesignOnline