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Jane Berger
Woods Hole, MA
Jane Berger is a journalist and landscape designer.
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If you ever get a chance to visit Brandywine Cottage in Downington, PA, make sure you don't miss the tour. I once saw it in pouring rain, and believe me, it was worth getting soaked through to the bone. But now, no matter what the season or weather, you can... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at GardenDesignOnline
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This latest book from professor and author Eva Monheim is a primer on how to grow, care for, and design with shrubs. In Shrubs and Hedges: Discover, Grow, and Care for the World's Most Popular Plants (Cool Springs Press, 2020), Monheim gives you a short history of shrubs, then shows... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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click on photos to enlarge There's so much more to see at the Flower Show than the large landscape exhibits ... and it's these smaller exhibits that show off the real expertise and imagination of those who create them. .... like this miniature Le Mans racing flag -- of course... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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click on photos to enlarge Take a trip to the Riviera at this year's Philadelphia Flower Show. Enter under an archway with cascading Mediterranean colors -- a floral display that evokes the feeling of sunshine and sparkling blue waters. Proceed through to a natural landscape of Greece designed by James... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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images, PHS. click to enlarge Philadelphia Flower Show Feb 29-March 8 Pennsylvania Convention Center If you've never been to the Riviera, now's your chance. This year's flower show is "Riviera Holiday," featuring plants from the Mediterranean region and five new designers, including two from Nice, France. You'll see a lot... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: EXHIBITIONS: ORCHID SHOWS: thru March 1, Orchid Mania: Vibrant Vietnam, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Botanical Garden, 216-721-1600 thru March 22, Orchid Extravaganza, Kennett Square, PA Longwood Gardens, 610-388-1000 thru March 22, Orchid Show, St. Louis, MO Missouri Botanical Garden, 314-577-5100 thru April 12, Orchid Daze, Atlanta,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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click to enlarge This photo is of the Russell Page water garden at Pepsico Gardens in New York -- gardens I visited some years ago. If you can make it to the NY Botanical Garden on February 28, don't miss the lecture on The LIfe and Legacy of Russell Page.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show Jeff Leatham's Kaleidoscope Feb 15-April 19, 2020 That's famed floral designer Jeff Leatham buried in orchids ... as he transforms the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into tunnels of orchids. Jeff is the artistic director of the Hotel Four Seasons George V in Paris, with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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OK, so you have a design for your property and either arranged for installation or decided to do it yourself. So now what? Well, what you need is this great new volume by Daryl Beyers, an author and the gardening coordinator at the New York Botanical Garden. In The New... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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New this year from Bailey Nurseries First Editions® Tianshan® Seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides 'Minhep') Named after the mountain range in China where the species is native, this variety has a compact habit (yay!), only 8-12 feet high and 5-7 feet wide. It's a rounded, upright shrub or small tree with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: EXHIBITIONS: ORCHID SHOWS: thru March 1, Orchid Mania: Vibrant Vietnam, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Botanical Garden, 216-721-1600 thru March 22, Orchid Extravaganza, Kennett Square, PA Longwood Gardens, 610-388-1000 Feb 1-March 22, Orchid Show, St. Louis, MO Missouri Botanical Garden, 314-577-5100 Feb 1-April 12, Orchid Daze, Atlanta,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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Lovely new beauties from Star Roses & Plants: photos: Star Roses & Plants, click to enlarge Petite Knock Out® Rose (Rosa 'Meibenbino') What's not to like about a tiny knockout rose that's just 18" high at mature height? For those with small patios and decks, it's the perfect solution. (Nothing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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The following from Spring Meadow Nursery, new for 2020, although they won't show up at retail centers until next year. The Velvet Fog™ Smokebush (Cotinus coggygria 'SMNCCPP3') If you're into showy plants, this may be the one for you: huge puffs of pink fog in mid-summer that cover the entire... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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photo 1 & 2: Michelle Sutton click to enlarge The Society of Municipal Arborists has named the hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) as its 2020 Urban Tree of the Year. The native hackberry, one of the toughest trees around, has a wide range from New England through the mid-Atlantic and west to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
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Some lovely new roses to try from David Austin USA: photos: David Austin Inc Click to enlarge 'Tottering by Gently' (Rosa 'Auscartoon') A pale yellow single rose that produces constant blooms from early summer until frost. The flowers have a light musky scent with hints of orange, and the large,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: Holiday Shows: Thru Jan 4, Garden Glow, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO 314-577-5100 Thru Jan 4, Glow, Cleveland, OH Cleveland Botanical Garden,216-721-1600 Thru Jan 5, Lightscape, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL 847-835-5440 Thru Jan 5, A Longwood Christmas, Kennett Square, PA Longwood Gardens, 610-388-1000... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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1) Go online (again) and order a gift membership for your local botanical or other favorite garden. Any dedicated gardener would most appreciate this gift. 2) Check your local garden center for a high-quality garden knife, my favorite tool for weeding and everything else. This one is from amleo.com ...... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes, and Gardens (Timber Press, 2019), by Michael Dirr and Keith Warren. Should be on everyone's Christmas list. My review is here. Designing a Garden: Monk's Garden at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Monacelli Press, 2019) by Landscape Architect Michael Van Valkenburgh. A... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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From the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston: click on images to enlarge Weird Cat Mexican Coaster Coaster features one of the tile designs -- now located in the museum's Spanish Cloister -- from the Church of San Agustin in Mexico. Italian marble with heat-resistant cork backing, 4 x 4... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Most everyone knows that many of Claude Monet's paintings were inspired by his own garden at Giverny. But you may not know that many other painters, from Cezanne to Frida Kahlo to Impressionists on the coast of New England, were inspired by beautiful gardens. In The Artist's Garden: The secret... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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From the New York Botanical Garden Gift Shop: click on image to enlarge Chinese Pear Print A hand-finished lithograph by Asa Strong, reproduced from the original in the garden's library collection. It's printed on artist-quality matt paper. 28x20", $135.00 -- and many more botanical prints are available. Herbarium Bougainvillea Print... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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These are not going to fit in a stocking, but they fit the description of stocking stuffers, so here goes: A good book for the beginning gardener who might want to know the difference between a pergola and an arbor, or know what a folly or a ha-ha is. In... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
SELECTED EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY: Events: Dec 1, SALE, Seibert & Rice, Somerset, NJ 10am-3pm, Annual sale of terrific terracotta pottery, 973-379-2536 Dec 6, Ecological Plant Conference, Brooklyn, NY 8:30am-4:30pm, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, ELA 617-436-5838 December 12, Designing with Native Plants, San Marino, CA 2:30-3:30, Lecture, The Huntington (FREE) 626-405-2100... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Anyone familiar with the work of Marmol Radziner knows that their expertise lies in the smooth transition between inside and outside. As they write in a preface to this new book, "The book demonstrates the relationship of architecture and the passage of time, drawing attention to the ways each home... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline
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Most anyone in their 50's or 60's knows the drill on gardening: it doesn't get any easier with age. And though all the work helps keep your body and mind in shape, it helps to have a guide to keep you. (and your garden) going. In The Lifelong Gardener: Garden... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2019 at GardenDesignOnline