Marvelous, Magical Madoo

Marvelous, Magical Madoo

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 in Design, People, Places, Plants | One Comment

Text and photos by Anna Karina Johansen, JMMDS Meandering through Madoo Conservancy‘s intimate, magical gardens, I felt the mischievous gardener side of me awaken.  The garden is not perfect; it is as clever and fun as its stairway to nowhere, and that’s why I love it. Most famous gardens in the Hamptons are private.  Fortunately, […]

Southern Scandinavia: A Photo Journal

Southern Scandinavia: A Photo Journal

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in All, Photos, Places | 6 Comments

Text and photos by Anna Karina Johansen Most question a trip to southern Scandinavia in February – it’s cold, dark, and all the good skiing is in the north.  For me, there is beauty in the austere, treasure in the off-season quiet, and allowance to indulge in a bounty of smoked meats and dairy delights.  […]

Recycling Concrete

Recycling Concrete

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Design, New Homestead, Plants, Tips, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

by Anna Karina Johansen, JMMDS Concrete is one of the most commonly used materials in residential and other construction.  So what happens when that concrete reaches the end of its lifespan and needs replacing?  In one recent JMMDS project, concrete that would have otherwise been hauled away was re-purposed on site. A new driveway recycling […]

Sipping Summer: Garden-Inspired Beverages

Sipping Summer: Garden-Inspired Beverages

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011 in All, How-To, New Homestead | 2 Comments

All photos by Anna Karina Johansen (unless otherwise noted.) How about a glass of ginger mint feverfew sun tea sweetened with raw honey?  Or a sour cherry gimlet?  There’s nothing like tipping back a refreshing beverage after a long hot day.  Spiked or not, you can leave the lemon and lime at the grocery store […]

A Walk in the Woods: Morels and More

A Walk in the Woods: Morels and More

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in How-To, New Homestead, Plants, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Text and photos by Anna Karina Johansen, JMMDS What a spring!  Finding myself trying to start my gardens—or, at the very least, mow my lawn—and being thwarted by rain, I decided to head for the hills.  The rewards were many. A day’s harvest: Allium tricoccum (ramps), Metteuccia struthiopteris (ostrich fern) fiddleheads, Morchella esculenta (common morels) and […]

The Garden of My Lawn

The Garden of My Lawn

Posted by on Apr 1, 2011 in All, Design, New Homestead, Plants | 8 Comments

By Erica Bowman, JMMDS Perfectly manicured mono-cultured lawns are the aspiration of many, but I prefer mine to be au naturel.  I like the lawn to be “multicultural,” and the longer I can keep my husband from using the lawnmower the better.   By May, if I am lucky, my home turf reads more like a vivid […]

Native Plants: Taking the First Step

Native Plants: Taking the First Step

Posted by on Mar 25, 2011 in All, Design, New Homestead, People, Plants | 6 Comments

By Anna Johansen, JMMDS Following Julie’s jubilant call to action citing the teachings of Doug Tallamy to incorporate native plants in our landscapes, you may be wondering just how to take the next step. If so, read on! Two gorgeous native plants with different environmental requirements. L: Chelone lyonii (pink turtlehead) loves wet feet.  Photo: […]

Calling All Gardeners:  It’s Time to Share Space with Our Fellow Earthlings!

Calling All Gardeners: It’s Time to Share Space with Our Fellow Earthlings!

Posted by on Mar 4, 2011 in All, Books, Design, People, Plants | 13 Comments

By Julie Moir Messervy Professor Doug Tallamy’s vital message to the gardening and horticulture community:  How we garden can help determine whether most of our native species will avoid extinction.   What looks like uncultivated wilderness may in fact be a thicket of autumn olive, Oriental bittersweet, or Japanese honeysuckle—all exotic invasives that do not […]

Late-Winter Inspiration: Julie’s Book Reviews

Late-Winter Inspiration: Julie’s Book Reviews

Posted by on Feb 24, 2011 in All, Books | 3 Comments

By Julie Moir Messervy The anticipation of spring makes us all antsy for fresh projects, plantings, and new inspiration as we watch the snows slowly melt away around us.  One source for the last is the delivery to our studio of three new gardening books, each of which contains a personal connection to JMMDS.   […]

Vegetable Gardening with Children

Vegetable Gardening with Children

Posted by on Feb 17, 2011 in All, Design, How-To, Places | 6 Comments

By Jana Bryan Wunderle, JMMDS There is excellent research describing the importance of growing vegetables with children: giving them access to healthy food, teaching them about eating locally, connecting with nature, spending “unplugged” time outdoors… the benefits go on and on. Read more about how one Vermont elementary school is giving students this invaluable experience. […]