Vermont Wetlands Tour with Julie Moir Messervy & Susan Teare

Vermont Wetlands Tour with Julie Moir Messervy & Susan Teare

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in All, Places, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Text by Julie Moir Messervy, JMMDS. Photography by Susan Teare. When you live near a beaver pond, you never know what those pesky creatures are going to do next! This past summer their obsessive need to stop the trickling of its waters made them try to stop up the stream near our Lake House. Their […]

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 by 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: […]

Vocal Points:  Little Sparta, Scotland

Vocal Points: Little Sparta, Scotland

Posted by 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 […]

A Visit to Scotland

A Visit to Scotland

Posted by 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Upcoming Event: A Design Showhouse at Hempstead House

Upcoming Event: A Design Showhouse at Hempstead House

Historic Hempstead House at the Guggenheim estate in Sands Point, NY, is considered the “quintessential Gold Coast mansion.” Image: Friends of the Sands Point Preserve. Looking for an activity to lift your spirits and fire your imagination on a gray November weekend? JMMDS is participating in a design showhouse sponsored by the Friends of the […]