Southern Vermont Pond Renovation

Southern Vermont Pond Renovation

Posted by 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 […]

What We’re Up To: Current JMMDS Projects

What We’re Up To: Current JMMDS Projects

Posted by 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 […]

What Is That Shrub? Notes from The Garden Conservancy Tour

What Is That Shrub? Notes from The Garden Conservancy Tour

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Design, Places, Plants, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

By Jennifer Silver, JMMDS On Sunday, August 24, we hosted a Garden Conservancy Open Days tour at the beautiful mountain-top residence of JMMDS clients here in Rockingham, Vermont. It was a perfect day, the flowerbeds were bursting with radiant color, and we had the pleasure of meeting over 200 garden enthusiasts! The landscaped pond at […]

Ask an Expert: The Home Outside Palette App as Teaching Tool

Ask an Expert: The Home Outside Palette App as Teaching Tool

One of our favorite features of the Home Outside Palette landscape design app is “Ask an Expert,” which lets users email us a design of their own creation so that JMMDS designers can revise it–adding, subtracting, and moving elements around to improve the aesthetic and functional appeal. Not only is this a lot of fun […]

Vocal Points:  Little Sparta, Scotland

Vocal Points: Little Sparta, Scotland

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in All, Design, Places | One Comment

A stepping stone crossing a stream defines the word “ripple” to garden visitors’ delight. Last month, I was lucky enough to visit Little Sparta, Ian Hamilton Finlay’s marvelous garden in the Pentland Hills below Edinburgh, Scotland. This five-acre garden is reached after a ten minute hike uphill on a track between fields of cavorting sheep […]

Home Outside Palette App Release & Ugly Garden Contest!

Home Outside Palette App Release & Ugly Garden Contest!

We are thrilled to announce the release of our improved Home Outside Palette 3.0 landscape design app, which is now available and FREE for iOS and Android tablets and smartphones! With the Home Outside online design service and Home Outside Palette app, we’re democratizing landscape design and making good design help available to anyone, anywhere. […]

Landscape Design: Children’s Outdoor Play Areas

Landscape Design: Children’s Outdoor Play Areas

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Design, Uncategorized | No Comments

By Jennifer Silver, JMMDS In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about landscaping for kids, Anne Marie Chaker writes about the demand for playscapes and play equipment that won’t be “hulking eyesores” in the garden, yet will challenge and entertain children over the long term. Some parents and designers solve this problem in […]

Amazing Landscape Designs from an App User

Amazing Landscape Designs from an App User

We love hearing from users of the Home Outside Palette landscape design app. One of our favorite emails came from David Weiskopf, who sent us some of his designs a few months ago. David is an EMT who works long hours and loves to “create and escape” in his free time. He wrote: “I love your […]

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 […]

Romancing the Garden

Romancing the Garden

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in All, Design | No Comments

Isn’t this bench perfect for watching the sunset with a sweetheart? At a distance from everything else, it seems to occupy its own private universe. Design: JMMDS. Photo: Bill Sumner. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we can’t help thinking about romance in the garden. We’ve written before about trysting spots outdoors, but here’s another idea: […]