Landscape Design: Children’s Outdoor Play Areas

Landscape Design: Children’s Outdoor Play Areas

Posted by 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

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 by 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 […]

Romancing the Garden

Romancing the Garden

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in All, Design | No Comments

Isn’t this bench perfect for watching the sunset with a sweetheart? At a distance from everything else, it seems to occupy its own private universe. Design: JMMDS. Photo: Bill Sumner. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we can’t help thinking about romance in the garden. We’ve written before about trysting spots outdoors, but here’s another idea: […]

Catch Julie Moir Messervy at a Lecture Near You!

Catch Julie Moir Messervy at a Lecture Near You!

With the recent publication of Landscaping Ideas That Work, Julie’s kicking off a busy  season with her signature inspiration-packed lectures and slideshows. From the Northeast to the Northwest, with a quick dip below the Mason-Dixon line, her schedule over the next couple months will take her to the following venues. JANUARY 25 – BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT January […]

Landscaping Ideas That Work

Landscaping Ideas That Work

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Books, Press, Uncategorized | No Comments

Despite the dismal weather, it’s been a sunny day for Landscaping Ideas That Work, Julie’s latest book! Jane Berger posted a lovely review over at Garden Design Online, and Mary Beth Breckenridge reviewed the book on Ohio.com. Berger states, “One of the best ways to get your creative ideas flowing is to look at photos of […]

A Trip to France: For the Love of Lines

A Trip to France: For the Love of Lines

Posted by on Dec 23, 2013 in All, Places | 6 Comments

By Julie Moir Messervy My husband and I recently spent a week in France where we enjoyed six days of sunny weather and the quiet beauty of the Norman, Bretagne, and Loire Valley countryside. The entire trip turned out to be a theme and variations on straight lines, for no one is better than the […]

JMMDS on Houzz: The Art of the Espalier

JMMDS on Houzz: The Art of the Espalier

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Design, Press | No Comments

What a pleasure to see JMMDS featured on Houzz! “The Art of the Espalier” by June Scott includes a fabulous ideabook of diverse examples of espaliered trees, including a Pyracantha coccinea (scarlet firethorn) trained up a granite wall from one of our projects in the Boston area. From Outside the Not So Big House by Julie Moir […]

Upcoming Garden Workshop—January 25, 2014

Upcoming Garden Workshop—January 25, 2014

Have you reserved your spot yet for the Garden Inspirations Workshop in Brattleboro, VT, on January 25, 2014? The workshop will be a wonderful event, with speakers Gordon Hayward, Dan Snow, Helen O’Donnell, and Julie Moir Messervy. Just check out the exciting schedule below. Julie’s talk is based on her new book Landscaping Ideas That […]