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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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There's a celebration at the NY Botanical Garden of the art of landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx -- opening today -- and it's the largest botanical exhibition the garden has ever mounted. It's an exhibition that includes his contributions to art, landscape design, plant discovery, and the vibrant culture of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Looking for quick inspiration? Just turn to the Contents page and you'll find just about everything you ever wanted to know. In her latest book, Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces , (Countryman Press, 2019) designer Jan Johnsen offers one-page design principles on a variety of subjects from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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click on images to enlarge He was one of the most famous US military officers of the 20th century, and probably many of us who live in and around Washington DC are totally unaware that the home of Gen. George C. Marshall is in Leesburg, Virginia. We recently toured the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: Exhibitions: thru Sept 1, Landscape Legacy of Dan Kiley, Middlebury, VT Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, TCLF, 202-483-0553 thru October 15, Celebrating New American Gardens, Washington DC US Botanic Garden, 202-225-8333 Events: NOTE: Garden Conservancy Digging Deeper Special Events at Open Days Gardens throughout the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Landscape Architecture May *Landscape architects begin to focus on the problem of climate change & hog waste at pig farms throughout the country. *Artist & designer Sara Bergmann creates a pollinator pathway in a Seattle pocket park... just the beginning of linked pathways. *Design Workshop rebuilds a prairie ecosystem destroyed... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Horticulturists, professional designers, and committed home gardeners should not be without this book. In Temperate Garden Plant Families: The Essential Guide to Identification and Classification (Timber Press, 2019), authors Peter Goldblatt and John Manning address the important subject of plant classification, and guide you through ways to identify plants and... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Two useful guides from Houghton MIfflin Harcourt's Gardening Division: Best Perennials for Sun and Shade (Home Grown Gardening) (HMH 2019) The 50 best profiled in this handy volume include a lot of familiar plants, from caryopteris and asclepias to nepeta, asarum, primula and viola. The entries are organized by botanical... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: Exhibitions: thru October 15, Celebrating New American Gardens, Washington DC US Botanic Garden, 202-225-8333 Events: thru May 4, Historic Garden Week, State of Virginia May 4 All About Containers Saturday, NY, NY 10am-5pm, (3 sections) NY Botanical Garden Midtown Center, 718-817-8700 May 4-5, Mary Lou... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Plant combinations are fine, but this book is about so much more as well. Authors David Squire, Alan and Gill Bridgewater have put together a comprehensive guide to creating gardens that will fit with almost any lifestyle. Plant Combinations for an Abundant Garden: Design and Grow a Fabulous Flower and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Just the latest from Terra Trellis... a new take on the window box, either indoors or out. It all started when Jennifer Asher of Terra Trellis met Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit of The Horticult, and authors of the book How to Window Box: Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo: ARS News Service This is the critter -- a rose mite the size of half a grain of salt -- that's been causing the rose rosette virus, which has now spread to 30 states. Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Beltsville, Maryland, identified the mite (Phyllocoptes fructiphilus)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: Exhibitions: thru April 12, Landscape Legacy of Dan Kiley, Palm Desert, CA Univ of CA Riverside, Palm Desert Center, TCLF, 202-483-0553 thru April 7, Dallas Blooms, Dallas TX Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden, thru April 28, "Orchids: Amazing Adaptations," Washington DC National Portrait Gallery, Kogod... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Wow! How long have we been waiting for something like this??? Yep, you almost tremble as you open the pages. If you ever hoped for a tree book that could match Dirr's Encyclopedia of Trees & Shrubs, this is it! In The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Landscape Architecture March *Trees! *Reed Hilderbrand renovates the failing maple allee at Storm King Art Center *A new visitor center & protecting the sequoias at Yosemite *Decreasing the risk of wildfires *Trees at Ypres, Belgium & the !st World War Sunset March *A "wave" garden in San Francisco, inspired by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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The big, designed landscapes are always the premier attraction at the show, but there are also annual attractions that showcase the expertise of amateur horticulturists and others. Here are some of this year's winners: click on images to enlarge Interiorscape: As the judges noted, "Execution of intent hits the mark... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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After you pass by a number of vine sculptures and "pods" featuring creations by some of the world's top floral designers, you're greeted by a towering, flowering meadow up above as you enter this year's Philadelphia Flower Show. The theme this year is "Flower Power," and there are more flowers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: Exhibitions: Feb 19-April 12, Landscape Legacy of Dan Kiley, Palm Desert, CA Univ of CA Riverside, Palm Desert Center, TCLF, 202-483-0553 Feb 23-April 7, Dallas Blooms, Dallas TX Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden, thru October 15, Celebrating New American Gardens, Washington DC US Botanic Garden,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Flowers and More Flowers: "Flower Power" is the name of this year's show. Philadelphia Flower Show March 2-10 Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA Flowers are part of our everyday lives and impart to us a wide array of emotions, from love and hope to peace, beauty, tranquility, and joy. Sam... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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A sure sign of spring is the annual orchid show at the NY Botanical Garden -- this year is the 17th show, in collaboration with Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay. Singapore is home to one of the world's great orchid cultures and is a world leader in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Some of the new plants this year from Bailey Nurseries First Editions® Lotty's Love™ Rose (Rosa rugosa 'BOC rogosnif') This new ever-blooming rugosa won a gold medal from the American Rose Society, most likely because it has huge clusters of semi-double deep pink blooms with golden stamens and a strong... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Description February 16, 10am-1pm, Silver Spring Civic Building, Silver Spring, MD Please join us for our third annual APLD Winter Lecture, this year featuring International Award-Winning Designer Carrie Preston! Carrie is an American living in the Netherlands where she is the owner and head designer of Studio TOOP. She has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: Exhibitions: thru Feb 21: Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden, Athens, GA University of Georgia, TCLF, 202-483-0553 Feb 19-April 12, Landscape Legacy of Dan Kiley, Palm Desert, CA Univ of CA Riverside, Palm Desert Center, TCLF, 202-483-0553 Feb 23-April 7, Dallas Blooms, Dallas TX Dallas... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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New Roses for 2019 from Star Roses & Plants: Cherry Frost™ Rose (Rosa Overedclimb') A lovely disease-resistant climber that repeat blooms throughout the season and is hardy to USDA Zone 4. What's not to like about that? It has dark green leaves that contrast beautifully with the deep red blooms,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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New Shrubs for 2019 from one of the best in the business: Spring Meadow Nursery Legend of the Fall™ Bottlebrush (Fothergilla x intermedia 'ALICE') Wow. And wow again. Designers have always favored fothergilla for its brilliant fall color, but this new one is truly outstanding, with shades of yellow, orange,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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I can't think of a designer who doesn't know of/doesn't use Proven Winners plants, whether shrubs, small evergreens, roses, perennials or annuals. The plants are hardy; many of the shrubs are on the small side, suitable for urban or suburban gardens; and the annuals and perennials will make any container... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline