BIF10:  Collaborative Innovation Summit, Providence, RI

BIF10: Collaborative Innovation Summit, Providence, RI

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 in All, People, Uncategorized | No Comments

By Julie Moir Messervy My daughter Lindsey works in Providence, RI, for the Business Innovation Factory, a business model innovation non-profit. They work with individuals, organizations, and communities to help transform our most important social systems, including education, health care, and government. As their literature says, they “help leaders design and test new business models […]

Protecting Woodlands: The Vermont Coverts Cooperator Workshop

Protecting Woodlands: The Vermont Coverts Cooperator Workshop

All photos by JMMDS. Recently Julie had one of those “only in Vermont” experiences that make her so happy to call this her home. She attended the Vermont Coverts Woodlands for Wildlife Cooperator training workshop at Kehoe Conservation Camp in Fair Haven, Vermont. (In case you’re wondering, “covert” is a 14th-century word for a dense thicket that […]

What Is That Shrub? Notes from The Garden Conservancy Tour

What Is That Shrub? Notes from The Garden Conservancy Tour

Posted 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 […]

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 […]