Nine Days in Italy: Part 3—A Garden a Day

Nine Days in Italy: Part 3—A Garden a Day

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 in All, Places | No Comments

Text and photos by Julie Moir Messervy Editor’s note: We have long owed our readers the conclusion to Julie’s blog series about her Spring 2016 tour of Italian gardens! Here it is…a bit out of season, but who in the northern hemisphere doesn’t want to see sunny images of glorious gardens at this time of […]

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Elm Bank Celebrates 20 Years!

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Elm Bank Celebrates 20 Years!

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 in All, Places | One Comment

Text and photos by Julie Moir Messervy.   On Thursday, June 2nd, Mass Hort put on a big soiree—The Twilight Garden Party—for 300 of its long-time supporters at Wellesley’s Elm Bank campus. Each of the twelve display gardens sparkled with beautiful plantings and immaculate maintenance. I got there a bit early to walk through Weezie’s […]

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 | One Comment

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, […]