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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: “Back to the Garden” by Catherine O’Neill Grace in Wellesley Magazine and “Thoroughly Modern Messervy” (love the title!) by Susan Hines in The American Gardener (the magazine of the American Horticultural Society).

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Julie recently returned from a fantastic week-long workshop called The Art of Rewriting at the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference in New Mexico, where she worked on rewriting her current book, Lifescapes, based on her archetype theory.

Taos Summer Writers' Conference 2014

Julie with instructor Jane von Mehren (in blue shirt, front row) and fellow writers at the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference. Photos: JMMDS.

On Wednesday, July 23, the women of JMMDS rolled down to Boston for the annual Summer Outing of the Horticultural Club of Boston. We toured eight remarkable gardens, including a contemporary Cambridge garden we designed. (You can take a virtual tour on Houzz!)  What good company, too–we thoroughly enjoyed a day spent with a group of very knowledgeable garden enthusiasts and plant geeks! The day began and ended at Mount Auburn Cemetery, where we paid a quick visit to the JMMDS-designed gardens Willow Knoll and  Spruce Knoll, two of the cemetery’s most successful and popular spaces.

We’ll share photos of some of the highlights of the Summer Outing in our next post.

JMMDS designers at Mount Auburn Cemetery

Early morning sunlight at Spruce Knoll in Mount Auburn Cemetery: Jana Bryan, Julie Moir Messervy, Bethany Gracia. Photos: JMMDS.

Mark Your Calendar!

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, the JMMDS-designed garden at High Meadow Farm in Bellows Falls, Vermont, will be open to the public as part of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. Please feel free to contact JMMDS for details. It’s a rare chance to get inside a special private garden and wander to your heart’s content, with the designers on site to answer questions, help identify plants, and give you the inside scoop on the design process.