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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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Lagerstroemia speciosa 'Big Pink' This crape myrtle was discovered by chance at the USDA-ARS Subtropical Horticulture Research Station in Miami. Geneticist Alan Meerow reports that it may have the "largest, brightest, and most striking flowers" among dozens of commercially available trees. Native to India and Southeast Asia, it's commonly known... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Perennial Plant Association Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' The Perennial Plant Association has chosen the hybrid Japanese anemone 'Honorine Jobert' as the perennial plant of 2016. I'd like to see them select a plant that's a little more unusual, but there's no denying that this plant is popular and, for most... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
Plantsman and breeder Kelly Norris is a man with a mission, and his new book, Plants with Style: A Plantsman's Choices for a Vibrant, 21st-Century Garden (Timber Press, 2016), is what he calls "a manifesto for modern gardening." As he notes in the introduction, "Some plants solve the challenges inherent... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: thru May 1: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme van Sweden, Washington DC Exhibition, National Building Museum, 202-272-2448 thru March 6, Orchid Mania, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Botanical Garden, 216-721-1600 thru March 27, Orchid Extravaganza, Kennett Square, PA Longwood Gardens, 610-388-1000 thru April 26, Interlocking Science &... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
These three from David Austin Roses: 'Olivia Rose Austin' Rose (Rosa 'Ausmixture') David Austin himself says this new cultivar is "possibly the best rose we've ever bred." Named for his granddaughter, this rose flowers a full three weeks earlier than most others, and -- at least in England -- it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Everyone who grows vegetables naturally wants the most out of each plant. Now, there is expert advice from Colin McCrate and Brad Halm, former CSA farmers and founders of the Seattle Urban Farm Company, a firm that designs, builds, and maintains edible gardens. In their new book, High-Yield Vegetable Gardening:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Just a few of the great new introductions this year from Spring Meadow Nursery. All photos Spring Meadow - click to enlarge 'Golden Treasure' Birch (Betula x plettkei 'Golden Treasure') If you love birch trees but haven't got room for one, then this is the plant for you. It's a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photo © Weeks Roses Close enough. Coretta Scott King Rose (Rosa 'WEKstohoco') This rose was named in 2013 after the wife of Martin Luther King. It's a tall, upright and bushy grandiflora with blooms of a coral-orange hue. It has a spicy tea fragrance and very good disease resistance. Hybridized... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
Sunset Jan *Check out the trapezes for air plants on page 56 *Innovative designs for steep slopes by Ryan Prange, APLD of Solana Beach, CA and Beth Mullins of San Francisco *Fabulous landscapes in Palm Springs *Hourglass urns from Better Homes & Gardens Jan *Gardens that Inspire: Some of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
If you're a garden designer, writer, or speaker, your head is filled with knowledge about horticulture, plants, hardscape materials, and principles of good design. While you often share your knowledge with clients, or through writing or speaking, why not attract a wider audience? Landscape architect, writer, and educator Cheryl Corson... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photo: Malus 'Liberty' -- Raemelton Well, why not? Ramaelton Farm Nursery in Adamstown, MD, is growing USDA certified organic trees, so if you or your clients are into sustainable gardening, this is what you want. At the moment, there are only about 60-70 of these trees available, but several acres... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
photos: J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. The Society of Municipal Arborists has selected Zelkova serrata 'Musashino' as this year's top urban tree. The award program started 20 years ago, is often given to species or cultivars that should be used more frequently, and winners are selected for their ornamental... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: Jan 23-May 9, "The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920," San Marion, CA Exhibition, The Huntington, 626-405-2100 Jan 6-8, MId-Atlantic Trade Show (MANTS), Baltimore, MD Baltimore Convention Center, 800-431-0066 Jan 7-8, 27th NDAL Conference, "Zooming In, Zooming Out," New London, CT Connecticut... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2016 at GardenDesignOnline
The best gift of all for the gardener you love: A membership at the local botanical garden -- a gift that will give someone pleasure for months to come. If there's not a great local garden in your area, then a membership to The Garden Conservancy Useful, great garden gifts.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Desert Botanical Garden Succulents Old-Fashioned Glass 15 oz. frosted old-fashioned glass with succulents design and garden logo. Also available, 18.5 oz wine glasses and 1.5 oz shot glasses Chicago Botanic Garden: Hollyberry items: Pillow, apron, tray, candles, soap, tea towels in a festive holiday design. Poppy Torch Lifelike 36" torch... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
All these available from the NY Botanical Garden online Gift Shop. Earthenware Acorn Squash Bowl. Made from a mold of a real vegetable, it's hand painted with non-toxic glazes, safe for food and the dishwasher. Christmas-y placemats Set of 4 cork-backed placements featuring an original botanical work housed in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
And here are my favorite titles from earlier this year -- any of them would make great presents. In no particular order. Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes (Timber Press, 2015). The ultimate guide to sustainable planting design in the modern era. By landscape architect... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Creating gardens can be a lifelong task, and there's nothing like a great relationship with a renowned horticulturist to bring about a landscape masterpiece. In On Walnut Hill - The Evolution Of A Garden (Hillside Press, 2015), writer Kathy Hudson lovingly chronicles the story of this garden, designed over decades... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Finally --- Home Depot announced last week that it's phasing out pesticides that kill bees. It's about time, but of course there's a catch: the phase-out won't be complete until 2018. The announcement followed a long campaign by Friends of the Earth and others to remove plants treated with neonicotonoids,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
If you're wondering what the latest trends are in landscape design, then you'll want to pick up this new book by Richard Hartlage and Sandy Fischer of Land Morphology in Seattle. In The Authentic Garden: Naturalistic and Contemporary Landscape Design (Monacelli Press, 2015), the two landscape architects profile 60 gardens... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Dec 2, Dirk Sijmons Lecture, Philadelphia, PA 6PM, Penn Design, Presentation of Work by Chair of Landscape Architecture at TU Delft, The Netherlands, 215-898-6591 Dec 3, Spotlight on Design: Oehme van Sweden, Washington DC 6:30 PM, Lecture, National Building Museum, 202-272-2448 Dec 15, Rural Design... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Just wait. If The Colors of Nature: Subtropical Gardens by Raymond Jungles (Monacelli Press, 2008) is one of your favorite books -- it's certainly one of mine -- you will definitely want to add his latest to your collection. In his new book, The Cultivated Wild: Gardens and Landscapes by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
These lovely new roses are from Star Roses & Plants ... available sparingly at garden retail centers in 2016, so shop for them early and shop in well-known retail garden centers. photos: Star -- click to enlarge Apricots n' Cream™ (Rosa 'Meihyalfeu') A gorgeous new hybrid tea hybridized by Meilland... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Designers: Two books you really can't do without -- and two that would make a fabulous holiday gift for any designer or sophisticated gardener on your list. Landscape architect Thomas Rainer is well-known to most of us through his very thoughtful, popular and instructive blog, Grounded Design. But now, Rainer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Thru May 1, 2016, Landscape Architecture of Oehme van Sweden, Washington DC Exhibition, National Building Museum, 202-272-2448 Nov 2, "Before the Memorial," Bronx, NY 6:30PM Lecture, Landscape Architect Peter Walker, Scandinavia House, NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 Nov 2, "Before the Memorial, LA Peter Walker, New... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at GardenDesignOnline