Nine Days in Italy II: The Sacred Grove of Bomarzo

Nine Days in Italy II: The Sacred Grove of Bomarzo

Posted by 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 by 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 by 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 […]

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

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

Posted by 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 […]

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 […]

A Dear Departed Friend of Tenshin-en:  James Edward Mulcahy

A Dear Departed Friend of Tenshin-en: James Edward Mulcahy

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in All, People, Places, Uncategorized | One Comment

By Julie Moir Messervy Last week our profession lost a very special man. The effervescent Jim Mulcahy passed away unexpectedly at his home in Holyoke, MA. I met Jim three years ago when he proposed that the Alpha Tau Gamma (ATG) fraternity brothers from the University of Massachusetts Stockbridge School of Agriculture band together to […]

Vermont Wetlands Tour with Julie Moir Messervy & Susan Teare

Vermont Wetlands Tour with Julie Moir Messervy & Susan Teare

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in All, Places, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Text by Julie Moir Messervy, JMMDS. Photography by Susan Teare. When you live near a beaver pond, you never know what those pesky creatures are going to do next! This past summer their obsessive need to stop the trickling of its waters made them try to stop up the stream near our Lake House. Their […]

Protecting Woodlands: The Vermont Coverts Cooperator Workshop

Protecting Woodlands: The Vermont Coverts Cooperator Workshop

All photos by JMMDS. Recently Julie had one of those “only in Vermont” experiences that make her so happy to call this her home. She attended the Vermont Coverts Woodlands for Wildlife Cooperator training workshop at Kehoe Conservation Camp in Fair Haven, Vermont. (In case you’re wondering, “covert” is a 14th-century word for a dense thicket that […]

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 […]

Summer News from JMMDS

Summer News from JMMDS

We continue to be delighted with the response to our re-release of the Home Outside Palette app. Over the weekend, we passed the 11,000-download mark (in a little over a month!) and Fox News listed the app first among its “Apps of Summer.” There are two wonderful articles about Julie and JMMDS out this month: […]