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: […]

Ask an Expert: The Home Outside Palette App as Teaching Tool

Ask an Expert: The Home Outside Palette App as Teaching Tool

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 in All, Design, Landscape Design App, Tips, Uncategorized | No Comments

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 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!

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 in All, Design, Landscape Design App, Uncategorized | No Comments

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. […]

A Visit to Scotland

A Visit to Scotland

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 in All, Places, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Text and photos by Julie Moir Messervy Glen Schiel: Steve and I exclaimed at each turn, for we both love landscapes that are barren and craggy. All my life people have assumed that my maiden name—Moir—is French, pronounced like “noir,” the French word for “black.”  But no, it’s a relatively common Scottish name, pronounced like […]

Native Plants: Still Essential for Wildlife

Native Plants: Still Essential for Wildlife

Posted on May 16, 2014 in All, Books, Sustainable Solutions, Uncategorized | No Comments

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 […]

Landscape Design: Children’s Outdoor Play Areas

Landscape Design: Children’s Outdoor Play Areas

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 in Design, Uncategorized | No Comments

By Jennifer Silver, JMMDS In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about landscaping for kids, Anne Marie Chaker writes about the demand for playscapes and play equipment that won’t be “hulking eyesores” in the garden, yet will challenge and entertain children over the long term. Some parents and designers solve this problem in […]

Amazing Landscape Designs from an App User

Amazing Landscape Designs from an App User

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 in All, Design, Landscape Design App, Uncategorized | No Comments

We love hearing from users of the Home Outside Palette landscape design app. One of our favorite emails came from David Weiskopf, who sent us some of his designs a few months ago. David is an EMT who works long hours and loves to “create and escape” in his free time. He wrote: “I love your […]

On the Road with Landscaping Ideas That Work

On the Road with Landscaping Ideas That Work

By Julie Moir Messervy. Photos by JMMDS, except where noted. Thanks to JMMDS’s new book, Landscaping Ideas That Work, 2014 has been a whirlwind of activity for this author.  Nearly every week or weekend since January, I’ve been on the road giving talks about LITW and other topics and I’ve had a wonderful time doing […]

JMMDS News & Video

JMMDS News & Video

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 in All, Books, Design, How-To, Uncategorized, Video | No Comments

Julie will be reporting soon on her recent activities, including a lecture tour for Landscaping Ideas That Work, judging the display gardens at the absolutely stellar 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show, meeting many interesting colleagues and friends, undertaking exciting new projects, developing our Home Outside Palette app, and devoting countless hours to the Saxtons […]