JMMDS Residential Landscape Design: A Contemporary Home in Southern Vermont

JMMDS Residential Landscape Design: A Contemporary Home in Southern Vermont

Posted by on Mar 12, 2018 in All, Design | No Comments

By Julie Moir Messervy. Photos by Seamus Flynn Photography.     Sitting high on a hill in the forested wilds of southern Vermont is a house unusual for its area. At first glance, it looks like a Japanese-style farmhouse from the north island of Hokkaido with its hewn timber frame, wooden windows, and deep eaves. Yet […]

Japanese Gardens On My Mind

Japanese Gardens On My Mind

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in All, Books, Design, Places | No Comments

By Julie Moir Messervy Japanese gardens have been back on my mind lately. Several years ago, the Museum of Fine Arts’ Tenshin-en was skillfully and elegantly renovated by my friend and colleague Shinichiro Abe’s firm, Zen Associates. Shin and I worked together in Professor Kinsaku Nakane’s office in Kyoto in 1976 (!), alongside his son, […]

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 […]

Planting Big Trees in Southern New Hampshire

Planting Big Trees in Southern New Hampshire

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in All, Design, Tips, Uncategorized | No Comments

We’re sometimes asked what are the most spectacular changes that people can make to their landscapes quickly. One of our recommendations is to purchase the largest trees you can afford and plant them in thoughtfully selected locations on your property. Nothing transforms a landscape more dramatically than the addition of beautiful, mature trees. Here’s an installation of […]

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. […]