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 […]

Palette Landscape Design App: A User Design & Some Big News…

Palette Landscape Design App: A User Design & Some Big News…

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in All, Design, How-To, Uncategorized | No Comments

A user of the Home Outside Palette landscape design app sent us the incredible design above, with the simple title “Aquaculture.” Julie set out to revise the design as requested, but aside from adding a few elements to balance the plan (as shown below), how could it possibly be improved upon? What a beautiful and imaginative creation! […]

Landscape Design Concepts Video #4: Choosing a Layout

Landscape Design Concepts Video #4: Choosing a Layout

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in All, Design, How-To, Tips, Uncategorized, Video | 2 Comments

Ideally, when we design our home landscapes, we look at our property as a whole and choose an organic design that incorporates the various goals and features we desire. In this video, the most recent in our Landscape Design Concepts series, Julie talks about the basic layout arrangements for residential landscape designs. To learn more, […]

Landscape Design Concepts Video #3: Sloped vs. Level Site

Landscape Design Concepts Video #3: Sloped vs. Level Site

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Design, How-To, Uncategorized, Video | No Comments

When beginning to design your home landscape, one of the first challenges you’ll face is the grade of your land. Is it sloped or level? Which way does the land slope in relation to the house? In this video, Julie offers some suggestions for how to turn your property’s grade into an asset. Prior videos in […]

Landscape Design Concepts Video #2: Your Daydreaming Place

Landscape Design Concepts Video #2: Your Daydreaming Place

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Design, How-To, Uncategorized, Video | One Comment

“To understand someone’s ideal landscape, my favorite question to ask is: Where did you go as a child for daydreaming, reverie, and reflection?”  from Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love by Julie Moir Messervy In the last video in our Design Concepts for Your Landscape series, Julie outlined some considerations for evaluating your actual site. In this video, she […]

Design Tips: Using Trees in the Home Landscape

Design Tips: Using Trees in the Home Landscape

By Julie Moir Messervy (based on her July 20th Real Estate Today radio interview with Gil Gross)   “If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; if you want to be happy for life, plant a tree.” (English proverb) At this JMMDS-designed property, we decided to plant deciduous specimens that will become […]

Landscape Design Concepts Video: Evaluating Your Site

Landscape Design Concepts Video: Evaluating Your Site

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in How-To, Tips, Uncategorized, Video | No Comments

JMMDS is launching a video series called Design Concepts for Your Landscape, in which Julie explains the principles of good landscape design for homeowners.  In “Evaluating Your Site,” she describes the first step of creating a landscape design: evaluating the features and conditions of your property. Our Home Outside online landscape design service helps homeowners […]

Home Outside Online Design Service: A Magical, Happy Space

Home Outside Online Design Service: A Magical, Happy Space

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Design, How-To, Services | 6 Comments

By Jennifer Silver. Photos and images, JMMDS. Last year JMMDS launched our Home Outside online landscape design service. We have been eager to share before & after shots of our projects, but in the case of an online service, where most clients do the installation themselves, we have to wait until the homeowners are ready […]

“The Gravest Natural Resource Shortage You’ve Never Heard Of”

“The Gravest Natural Resource Shortage You’ve Never Heard Of”

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in All, How-To, New Homestead, Tips | 3 Comments

By Jennifer Silver, JMMDS Establishing a reliable phosphorus supply is essential for assuring long-term, sustainable food security….If we fail to meet this challenge, humanity faces a Malthusian trap of widespread famine on a scale that we have not yet experienced. —James Elser and Stuart White, Foreign Policy magazine (April 20, 2010) My blog post last […]

Old Dog, New Tricks: Prepping the Vegetable Garden Beds

Old Dog, New Tricks: Prepping the Vegetable Garden Beds

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in All, How-To, New Homestead, Tips | 7 Comments

Text and photos (except where noted) by Jennifer Silver, JMMDS Gas prices have been going up, and with them, food prices. This winter I was shocked by my family’s grocery bills and determined that we would start growing a lot more of our own food. Trying to be as self-reliant as possible, we grow a wide […]