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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

Palette Landscape Design App: A User Design & Some Big News…

Palette Landscape Design App: A User Design & Some Big News…

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in All, Design, How-To, Uncategorized | No Comments

A user of the Home Outside Palette landscape design app sent us the incredible design above, with the simple title “Aquaculture.” Julie set out to revise the design as requested, but aside from adding a few elements to balance the plan (as shown below), how could it possibly be improved upon? What a beautiful and imaginative creation! […]

Julie Moir Messervy’s Latest Book: Landscaping Ideas That Work

Julie Moir Messervy’s Latest Book: Landscaping Ideas That Work

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Books, Design | No Comments

Landscape designer Melissa Clark transformed a perpetually soggy front yard into this lush rain garden, one of the case studies in Landscaping Ideas That Work by Julie Moir Messervy (Taunton Press, 2013), p. 141. Photo: Melissa Clark, APLD. We’re thrilled to announce that Julie’s latest book, Landscaping Ideas That Work, is now available online at the Taunton Store and will […]

Landscape Design Concepts Video #5: Aesthetic Arrangements

Landscape Design Concepts Video #5: Aesthetic Arrangements

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in All, Design, Uncategorized, Video | No Comments

Click the image above to watch the video. Once you have evaluated your site and chosen a layout (or a combination of layouts), it’s time to select an aesthetic arrangement for your property. See the Aesthetic Pairings test in Home Outside (pp. 44-45) for help identifying your own preferences. Then determine which of the three basic arrangements […]

Renovating Tenshin-en, The Garden of the Heart of Heaven

Renovating Tenshin-en, The Garden of the Heart of Heaven

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in All, Design, People, Places, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

By Julie Moir Messervy, with photos by JMMDS. Restoration in progress at Tenshin-en, The Garden of the Heart of Heaven, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Last month I drove down to Boston to welcome two old friends who had flown in to Logan Airport from Japan:  Shiro Nakane and his wife, Michio.  Shiro […]