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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
Interests: Facebook: Garden Design Online Twitter: GdnDesignOnline
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images: Smithsonian - click to enlarge If you, like me, have often wondered why American gardeners are so fixated on British gardens, it's probably because they just haven't bothered to delve into the fascinating story of our own gardens here in the United States. But now, the full story is... Continue reading
Posted 24 minutes ago at GardenDesignOnline
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There are lots of books about Monet's garden at Giverny, which inspired so many of his artworks, but this new slipcased volume includes much more than photos and descriptions of the garden. In A Day with Claude Monet in Giverny (Flammarion, 2017-- distributed by Rizzoli International), art historian and writer... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: Charles Mayer - click to enlarge Jim Douthit of a Blade of Grass in Wayland, MA, received a 2017 Gold Award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) for this farmhouse garden -- his own -- in Wayland. To screen the property from a busy road, Douthit planted... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Washington DC has long been known as the "City of Trees" because of its diverse and historic tree population. From the famous flowering cherry trees around the Tidal Basin to the southern magnolias at the White House and the 4000+ trees on the Capitol grounds, it's part of what makes... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: Chicago Parks Foundation Dutch designer Piet Oudolf has been tapped to design new plantings for the historic Jens Jensen Formal Garden in Chicago's Humboldt Park. Jensen's garden, dating back to 1908, has been deteriorating for years, but a restoration project is now underway sponsored by the Chicago Parks Foundation,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Beinecke: Photo of William Carlos Williams gardening, 1955, click to enlarge You have to admit ... poet William Carlos Williams looks gloriously happy in the midst of his garden. A special exhibition, Happiness: The Writer in the Garden, is now open (through August 12) at Yale's Beinecke Rare Book &... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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These two new titles from Timber Press will carry you beautifully through the planting season. There are lots of books on shade gardening, but this one stands out as the one you might want on your reference shelf because of its all-inclusive subject matter and comprehensive list (with photos) of... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Two NYC Projects that won 2017 APLD GOLD Landscape Design Awards: photos: Paul Warchol - click to enlarge Brooklyn Townhouse Lauren Pucciarelli - Gunn Landscape Architecture This double design challenge includes a shaded patio garden -- just 610 square feet -- that connects the kitchen with an outdoor dining area.... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Not really a big surprise that LA Matthew Cunningham has won this year's International Designer of the Year Award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). Cunningham's work just gets better and better, and this "Waban Hillside" garden in Newton, MA, is just one example of his signature designs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: thru May 14, Orchids: A Moment, Washington DC 21st Smithsonian Orchid Show, Hirshhorn Museum, 202-633-2220 thru Oct 29, Artworks & more by Dale Chihuly, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 May 4-August 31, 2018, "Cultivating America's Gardens," Washington DC National Museum of American History,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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ONe of the great things about gardening and garden design is sharing the experience, so that friends and others can learn from your successes and failures. Now, you don't have to open up your house for a garden tour ... you can simply share online with a new app available... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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CHIHULY - NY Botanical Garden thru October 29, 2017 It's been more than 10 years since there's been a major Chihuly exhibition in NYC, so get on out to the NY Botanical Garden, where there are more than 20 new installations, as well as drawings and early works that demonstrate... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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images: jmmds - click to enlarge If you haven't downloaded the Home Outside App from the Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, it is definitely time to give it a try. It's now completely free at iTunes and Google Play ... and it lets you design a landscape on the spot.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: SHIFT - click to enlarge For modern birds, what more could you ask for than the Beekman Bird Feeder by SHIFT? The contemporary design is crafted from powder-coated aluminum, with a walnut dowel and platinum paracord. Who needs a standard wooden or plastic feeder when your birds could be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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One of my favorite all-time gardening books is the first one by Karen Chapman & Christina Salwitz, Fine Foliage, published back in 2013. Well, the duo is now back with Gardening with Foliage First: 127 Dazzling Combinations that Pair the Beauty of Leaves with Flowers, Bark, Berries, and More (Timber... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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April is World Landscape Architecture Month, and in celebration of that, the American Society of Landscape Architects -- ASLA -- has published a special supplement called Your Land to introduce young readers to landscapes and the profession of landscape architecture. Worth passing on to any young person you know who... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Garden Design Spring *Profile of Annie Hayes, "the most trusted gardener in America." *Hortulus: the garden of Renny Reynolds & Jack Staub *LA Christine Ten Eyck preserves live oaks in a San Antonio garden. *The garden of retired designer Donna Hackman in Middleburg, VA *Eleven small space gardens The American... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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Perhaps it's their Midwestern roots, but the simplicity and the exuberance of designs and plantings by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects are unlike any others you'll experience. Now, in this book written with Douglas Brenner, Movement and Meaning: The Landscapes of Hoerr Schaudt (Monacelli Press, 2017) , you'll encounter 45 public... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: A.J. Plumptre/WCS Scientists from We Stand for Wildlife (WCS) have discovered a new species of ginger in the Kabobo Massif of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The rugged mountainous area is one of the most biodiverse in Africa and the recent discovery underscores the importance of conservation on this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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The American Horticultural Society has announced its garden book awards for 2017. Here they are: All the Presidents' Gardens: Madison's Cabbages to Kennedy's RosesHow the White House Grounds Have Grown with America (Timber Press, 2016) by Marta McDowell. Author McDowell takes you through the decades and all the changes wrought... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country: Exhibitions: thru April 16, 2017, "The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin," Washington DC National Building Museum, 202-272-2448, sponsor: TCLF thru April 9, Orchid Daze, Atlanta, GA Atlanta Botanical Garden, 404-876-5859 thru April 9, The Orchid Show: Thailand, Bronx, NY NY Botanical Garden, 718-817-8700 thru May... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: Hobbit Hole Store I know that chickens are very popular these days ... and even if you're doing high-end design, you may run into clients who want a big vegetable garden and perhaps chickens, too. So -- if you're going to go that route, the least you can do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
March 23-March26 82nd Annual Savannah Tour of Homes & Gardens, Savannah, GA. Should be lots of wonderful plants in bloom. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
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New offerings from David Francis Furniture: Fun, Funky, Fabulous for the right yard. photos: David Francis - click to enlarge The Marrakesh Armchair Woven Eolene over powder-coated aluminum frame. Colors: White or Paprika Nantucket Loveseat Powder-coated aluminum frame in Snow finish, Sunbrella Fabrics Armchair and tables to match. Napa Armchair... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline
I don't endorse any products, and I'm not endorsing Solus Firepits, but the company had a very interesting blog post recently on the legality of firepits around the country. The message is: if you or your client are thinking about putting one in the yard, make sure you check out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at GardenDesignOnline