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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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NY Botanical Garden's Native Plant Garden A new report organized by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in Britain, estimates that 40 percent of the world's plant species may go extinct. The report was produced by a research team of 210 international scientists from 42 countries, including one at the NY... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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Whenever we visit gardens, what we see is just a snapshot in time. We're left wondering what the garden might look like at other times of the year. Some years ago, when I visited Innisfree, I vowed to go back in another season ... and still haven't made it. But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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The final phase of The Huntington's Chinese Garden (Lui Fang Yuan, the Garden of Flowering Fragrance), in San Marino, California, opens to the public on Friday, October 9. The new features add 11.5 acres of new gardens, pavilions, and other elements, making the landscape, at 15 acres total, one of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
NOTE: Most gardens across the country are now open, most with timed entry tickets required. Many online classes are available, but the majority of in-person events have been cancelled for the remainder of the year. Let's hope that normal activities can resume some time in 2021. Check the website of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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Cottage gardens never seem to go out of style, but there's always a need for a style update. In The Modern Cottage Garden: A Fresh Approach to a Classic Style (Timber Press, 2020), author Greg Loades says a "modern" cottage garden celebrates "the best of old and new," and also... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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I can't imagine making a new garden that's six times larger than your old one and that's also less work. But nothing deters author and designer Page Dickey from her determination to keep on designing and making a new garden just as fabulous as the old one. In Uprooted: A... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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2020 ASLA Professional Awards (continued) photos: James Ogilvy Award of Excellence, Residential Design Marshcourt, Hampshire, England LA: Reed Hilderbrand, Cambridge, MA Not everyone has the pleasure of working on one of the most famous landscapes in Britain, a historic estate that dates back to 1901-04, with plantings by garden designer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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ASLA has announced its professional awards for 2020 (and I was honored to be on the jury that met virtually last March. This is the first installment of posts on the awards. photo: Garry Belinsky - click to enlarge General Design - Award of Excellence Portland Japanese Garden LA: Walker... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
NOTE: Most gardens across the country are now open, most with timed entry tickets required. Many online classes are available, but in-person events have been cancelled for the remainder of the year. Let's hope that normal activities can resume some time in 2021. Check the website of your favorite garden... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
Make sure to check the events listed below in the event they might be cancelled. Garden Visits: A lot of gardens are now open -- some with timed entries, limited hours or other requirements. Check the garden website before you visit. EVENTS: Check your local botanical garden for other online... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has placed the garden, by landscape architect Lester Collins, on its list of at-risk landscapes. The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington DC wants to re-design the garden, and hired architect Hiroshi Sugimoto to come up with a new plan. The New York Times... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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Monrovia is featuring some of its new 2021 plants at Cultivate ... the horticultural show that's going online this year ... July 13-16. Here are a few plants to be introduced by Monrovia. Nitty Gritty™ Groundcover Roses They come in five colors -- peach shown here -- but also pink,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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Designers will likely know many of the women profiled in this book, but in The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants (Timber Press, 2020), author Jennifer Jewell introduces us to many more women working in the general field of horticulture. Each woman gets... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
Make sure to check the events listed below in the event they might be cancelled. EVENTS: July 5: Garden Conservancy Open Days Tours: Cold Spring, NY July 7-10. AHS National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, Online event this year. July 10-19, Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, various locations Garden tours, online... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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Seems like everyone this year is into veg gardening because of covid, so this is just the book you need. In Kitchen Garden Revival: A modern guide to creating a stylish small-scale, low-maintenance edible garden (Cool Springs Press, 2020), author Nicole Johnsey Burke takes you through all the steps to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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You may have seen my review of this book a few posts ago ... Starting this Wednesday, and for the next two Wednesdays, Rizzoli Bookstore is hosting online sessions with some of the garden masters featured in the book at 6:30pm. June 10: Charlotte Moss and Kathryn Herman June 17:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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Fine Gardening June 2020 * Plant Combos that bridge the spring-summer gap * A design for dry shade by Susan Calhoun of Plantswoman Design * Plants that the experts covet * The new epimediums * Best new plants for 2020 The American Gardener May-June 2020 * All about native American... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
Some gardens are still closed, so events this month are limited. Make sure to check the events listed below in the event they might be cancelled. EVENTS: Garden Dialogues: Tours with Landscape Architects, TCLF, 202-483-0553 June 20, 10am-1pm, Jennifer Horn Landscape Architecture, Vienna, VA June 27, 2:30-5pm, Jennifer Horn, Severeid... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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click to enlarge The US Postal Service has just issued a series of American Garden Forever Stamps -- and if you're like me, you like to order horticultural stamps and the like -- for the rare times you post letters to friends and others. This series was issued May 13... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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One hundred brief essays by landscape architects, designers, horticulturists and garden stylists on everything from restoration and materials to symmetry, space, scale, water, estates, borders, hedges, romance, liberty -- you name it. In Garden Design Master Class: 100 Lessons from The World's Finest Designers on the Art of the Garden... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
Selected Events Around the Country Because of the Coronavirus & Garden Closings, Most Events Are Online Check with your local gardens to see if they're open in May. April 26, May 3, May 10, Bringing Back the Natives Virtual Tours, CA 10am-3pm, 25+ gardens in all, Alameda & Contra Costa... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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One of the worst things about the covid virus -- at least in our part of the country -- is that all the gardens are closed. That means I can't visit Hillwood, the former estate of Post cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, which is always fabulous in springtime. While many... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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photos: ARS-Peggy Greb The US National Arboretum's Agricultural Research Service has developed a hemlock that is not vulnerable to the hemlock wooly adelgid, which has wiped out huge stands of our native tree since it arrived in the U.S. in 1951. The new variety, Traveler, is a cross between the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
Many gardens across the country are closed until further notice, and others remain open for visitors. But nearly all classes and special events are cancelled. That's prompted a move to online classes via zoom or other platforms, and most are free. So learn from an expert who might not otherwise... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
MOST GARDENS AND GARDEN EVENTS ARE CANCELLED THIS MONTH DUE TO CORONOVIRUS ... SO STAY SAFE, SPEND TIME IN YOUR OWN GARDEN ... PLANTS SEEDS ... CELEBRATE THE OUTDOORS WHEREVER AND WHENEVER YOU CAN. STAY TUNED FOR MAY EVENTS ... HOPE THAT AT LEAST SOME WILL BE GOING FORWARD BY... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline