Nine Days in Italy II: The Sacred Grove of Bomarzo

Nine Days in Italy II: The Sacred Grove of Bomarzo

Posted on May 24, 2016 in All, Places | No Comments

Text and photos by Julie Moir Messervy. The Park of the Monsters at Bomarzo, located 60 miles northwest of Rome, is a must-see destination for all garden lovers. Also called the Villa of Wonders, it has been on my bucket list since I read Marella Agnelli’s wonderful Gardens of the Italian Villas (NY: Rizzoli, 1987); what joy to finally encounter […]

A Mercedes-Benz Dream Garden at The Kampong

A Mercedes-Benz Dream Garden at The Kampong

Posted on May 12, 2016 in All, Places | No Comments

Recently JMMDS had the pleasure of participating in the Junior League of Miami’s 2016 Showhouse fundraiser at The Kampong in Coconut Grove, which benefitted Miami’s women and children in need. The former home of Dr. David Fairchild, renowned horticulturalist and plant collector, and a National Tropical Botanical Garden dedicated to preserving tropical plant diversity, The Kampong is […]

Nine Days in Italy: Part I

Nine Days in Italy: Part I

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 in All, Places | 2 Comments

Text and photos by Julie Moir Messervy. My husband and I just returned from a beautiful nine days in northern Italy, where we traveled through exquisite countryside to view gardens—nice work if you can get it! In fact, we saw one garden a day, sometimes two, and so lived up to my old adage that you should […]

A Must-Follow Horticultural Blog

A Must-Follow Horticultural Blog

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 in All, People, Plants | No Comments

By Julie Moir Messervy William (Ned) Friedman is not only the Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, but also a wonderful writer and interpreter of the Arnold’s horticultural collections. His blog, Posts from the Collections, offers fascinating information about the plants and captivating photographs. Here are a […]

Pedrick’s Garden Receives SCASLA President’s Award of Excellence

Pedrick’s Garden Receives SCASLA President’s Award of Excellence

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 in All, Design, Places, Press | One Comment

The South Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects has awarded Pedrick’s Garden at Little Falls Park its highest honor, the President’s Award of Excellence. The awards jury of the SCASLA unanimously voted to give the award to McLeod Landscape Architects, the landscape architect of record, who worked from original plans by JMMDS. The award is shared by […]

Planting Big Trees in Southern New Hampshire

Planting Big Trees in Southern New Hampshire

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 in All, Design, Tips, Uncategorized | No Comments

We’re sometimes asked what are the most spectacular changes that people can make to their landscapes quickly. One of our recommendations is to purchase the largest trees you can afford and plant them in thoughtfully selected locations on your property. Nothing transforms a landscape more dramatically than the addition of beautiful, mature trees. Here’s an installation of […]

Southern Vermont Pond Renovation

Southern Vermont Pond Renovation

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 in Design, Uncategorized | No Comments

Video and photos by JMMDS We recently shared some of the exciting institutional landscape designs we’re working on. Here’s a peek at a wonderful residential design project here in southern Vermont. Scroll down for the video! The homeowners asked us to start by renovating a small pond on their property. One of our first goals was to […]

JMMDS Honored by Small Business Revolution

JMMDS Honored by Small Business Revolution

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in All, Press | 4 Comments

The Small Business Revolution is a year-long documentary/photojournalism project that tells the stories of 100 small businesses across the country throughout 2015. The project highlights small businesses that are “creating something more personal, more local, more meaningful for all of us.” JMMDS is proud and honored to have been chosen for this series. A few months ago, […]

What We’re Up To: Current JMMDS Projects

What We’re Up To: Current JMMDS Projects

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 in All, Design, Places, Upcoming Events | No Comments

It was a busy spring here at JMMDS, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be slowing down much for summer! In our next post, we’ll share some of our residential projects. Here’s a look at some of the projects we’ve been working on for organizations. Tenshin-en (Garden of the Heart of Heaven) MFA, Boston MA To […]

The Land of the Giants: Traveling to Northern Ireland

The Land of the Giants: Traveling to Northern Ireland

Posted on May 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | One Comment

Text and photos, except where noted, by Julie Moir Messervy On February 9th, in a driving snowstorm, I left for Northern Ireland.  My daughter Charlotte, who had been traveling abroad for 6 months across Europe and Asia, invited me to come there to see her and meet a young man she had met at surfing […]