JMMDS designed and managed planting to marry this contemporary family home perched above a pond back to its surrounding woodland landscape.



JMMDS designed a swimming pond with rocky shores and created gardens around it for a home in Vermont, just in time for a June wedding.

JMMDS Project Manager: Bethany Gracia

The Toronto Music Garden, created in collaboration with eminent cellist Yo-Yo Ma, is a three-acre public park on Toronto’s Harbourfront whose design is inspired by the First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach. Curving paths move visitors through six garden “movements” that flow from the different moods, feelings, and forms evoked by the music.

JMMDS Project Manager: Julie Moir Messervy

A selection of JMMDS’s urban gardens.

Established in 1846, this beautiful cemetery offered visitors a host of special features on its park-like grounds, including river frontage, a pond, memorial gardens, and a rustic pavilion called Strangers Rest.  JMMDS was asked to design a contemporary version of this scenic spot in a new location in the cemetery. Working closely with staff, we selected a site on a bluff with views to the Seekonk River and created a new stone retaining wall with flat fieldstone steps winding through it, overtopped with a rustic pavilion created by .   A cremation garden surrounds the pavilion.


JMMDS has designed two gardens at Cambridge’s renowned Mount Auburn Cemetery, the first garden cemetery in the country. At Spruce Knoll, we created a cremation garden, using the image of a waterfall as the main entry steps up to the site.  At Willow Knoll, located in the more contemporary part of the cemetery, we used ornamental grasses and curved granite walls to animate an existing cast ductile iron sculpture.


Mount Holyoke College engaged JMMDS to design a new hillside garden that links the college’s upper and lower campuses. In response, the studio developed a series of monumental stone steps with intermediate landings punctuated by stone perches and surrounded by beautiful plantings. Overlooking the century-old 1904 Garden and  Conservatory, the Heckel Garden Steps feel like a flowing cascade. JMMDS also developed a new master plan for the 1904 Garden. The inspired idea is an opening flower, the petals of which will support the individual plant collections of the college.


At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio worked in collaboration with Japanese garden master Kinsaku Nakane to create Tenshin-en, “The Garden of the Heart of Heaven”, an award-winning Japanese garden. This quarter-acre karesansui (dry landscape) garden features a massive cypress gateway, two hundred and fifty stones, bridges, islands, and plantings around a raked gravel “sea.” Traditional Japanese stone lanterns, a pagoda, and a water basin are focal elements, viewed from the three cypress benches that sit on a stone terrace.





JMMDS designed and carried out a landscape master planning process with students, faculty, administration, and trustees of the Kansas City Art Institute for their twelve-acre campus.  Completed projects include the Urban Plaza and the Northeast and East Gate entryways.

This 90-acre park in an urban neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio houses the Franklin Park Conservatory and various city facilities. Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio and MSI Design ran a one-year community planning and design process that included twenty-five diverse stakeholders who helped evolve a shared community vision for Franklin Park. Since then, plans for its first phase have been designed, including a three acre Community Garden, two rooftop gardens, a Bride’s Garden, a Landscape of Home Garden, and other amenities.