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 […]

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 […]

Organic Gardening Magazine: Beautiful Landscape Design with Solar Panels

Organic Gardening Magazine: Beautiful Landscape Design with Solar Panels

The LEED Platinum California home of architect Ken Radtkey and landscape architect Susan Van Atta is integrated into an ingenious landscape design featuring a stucco turret topped with solar panels, a green roof shading a sitting terrace, rainwater catchment system and underground water-storage tanks, and other sustainable features. Photo: Andrea Jones. Think that solar panels are […]

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 […]