Native Plants: Still Essential for Wildlife

Native Plants: Still Essential for Wildlife

By Julie Moir Messervy On May 3, The New York Times published an op-ed piece by creative writing professor James Barilla that advocates maximizing diversity in our gardens in the face of a changing and unpredicatble climate. Barilla writes, “It doesn’t make sense to think in terms of native and nonnative when the local weather […]

JMMDS News & Video

JMMDS News & Video

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in All, Books, Design, How-To, Uncategorized, Video | No Comments

Julie will be reporting soon on her recent activities, including a lecture tour for Landscaping Ideas That Work, judging the display gardens at the absolutely stellar 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, meeting many interesting colleagues and friends, undertaking exciting new projects, developing our Home Outside Palette app, and devoting countless hours to the Saxtons […]

Landscaping Ideas That Work

Landscaping Ideas That Work

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Books, Press, Uncategorized | No Comments

Despite the dismal weather, it’s been a sunny day for Landscaping Ideas That Work, Julie’s latest book! Jane Berger posted a lovely review over at Garden Design Online, and Mary Beth Breckenridge reviewed the book on Ohio.com. Berger states, “One of the best ways to get your creative ideas flowing is to look at photos of […]

Julie Moir Messervy’s Latest Book: Landscaping Ideas That Work

Julie Moir Messervy’s Latest Book: Landscaping Ideas That Work

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Books, Design | No Comments

Landscape designer Melissa Clark transformed a perpetually soggy front yard into this lush rain garden, one of the case studies in Landscaping Ideas That Work by Julie Moir Messervy (Taunton Press, 2013), p. 141. Photo: Melissa Clark, APLD. We’re thrilled to announce that Julie’s latest book, Landscaping Ideas That Work, is now available online at the Taunton Store and will […]

Writers’ Heaven!

Writers’ Heaven!

By Julie Moir Messervy Two of my three children always loved going to sleep-away camp each summer; in fact they treasured it so much that the other 10 months of the year were spent waiting to return to their “real” existence. Not having been much of a camper myself, I never understood how they felt […]

The Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill

The Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Books, Design, Products | 2 Comments

By Julie Moir Messervy If you’ve never had an opportunity to tour the private gardens hidden behind high brick walls or at the end of narrow alleys in Boston’s beloved neighborhood on a hill, tomorrow is your chance.  The Beacon Hill Garden Club, formed by twenty residents with a love of horticulture in 1928, continues […]

The Roots of My Obsession: Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden

The Roots of My Obsession: Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Books | One Comment

You plant the seed, you nurture it, it nurtures you. –Susan Heeger, “Homegrown,” from The Roots of My Obsession   The Roots of My Obsession: Thirty Great Gardeners Reveal Why They Garden, edited by Thomas C. Cooper (Timber Press, 2012) By Jennifer Silver, JMMDS I’ve been eagerly awaiting the publication of The Roots of My […]

Fruits and Nuts: Good Winter Reading

Fruits and Nuts: Good Winter Reading

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in All, Books, New Homestead, Plants | 3 Comments

By Jennifer Silver, JMMDS My house may be full of nuts, but my yard has none. This sad state of affairs struck me after reading The Fruit Gardener’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden (Storey Publishing, 2011), Leonard Perry’s update of Lewis Hill’s classic Fruits and Berries for the Home Garden. For […]

Good stuff to share!

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in All, Books, People | No Comments

Apologies to all our blog readers and especially to Dr. Leonard Perry, whose book The Fruit Gardener’s Bible we attempted to review on our blog last Friday. The blog post vanished into cyberspace and will need to be recreated. Stay tuned—we are eager to tell you about this fantastic resource! In the meantime, Becca over […]

JMMDS’ New Book: Call for Submissions

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in All, Books, Design, Photos, Upcoming Events | No Comments

Exciting news! We are working on a new book, entitled Landscaping Ideas That Work, to be published by The Taunton Press in November 2013. We are seeking entries from architects, landscape architects, landscape designers, and photographers. We’re looking for projects to photograph (which will appear in case studies) and completed photography that fits our book outline. […]