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 […]

Award-Winning Exhibit at the 2013 Boston Flower & Garden Show

Award-Winning Exhibit at the 2013 Boston Flower & Garden Show

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in People, Places | 6 Comments

JMMDS and Mass Hort win Highest Award for Best Exhibit Staged by a Non-Profit Organization By Jennifer Silver, JMMDS JMMDS Senior Landscape Architect Jana Bryan and Principal Julie Moir Messervy enjoyed getting their hands dirty as they put together their part of Massachusetts Horticultural Society‘s award-winning exhibit, “Sowing the Seeds of Change” at the 2013 […]

“Creating Home Outside” APLD Design Workshop in Portland, OR

“Creating Home Outside” APLD Design Workshop in Portland, OR

By Julie Moir Messervy. All photos by Debra Berger, APLD Oregon. Out of the myriad fun things I get to do (including working with my talented staff and wonderful clients, dreaming up all manner of big ideas, and writing books, articles, and blog posts like this one), some of my best professional moments happen when […]

Landscape Design for a Greenville, SC, Public Park: Part Two

Landscape Design for a Greenville, SC, Public Park: Part Two

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Places, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

By Jana Bryan Wunderle, JMMDS. This is Part Two of a two-part blog. Please see original post here.   Little Falls Park Schematic Designs Designing Little Falls Park has been a pleasure. The Visioning Workshop, as described in Part One of this post, provided the big ideas needed to imagine the possibilities and understand what […]

The Ghosts of Two Gardens: Part One

The Ghosts of Two Gardens: Part One

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Places | 3 Comments

In honor of Halloween, a two-part special blog on ghostly gardens by Erica Bowman, JMMDS. Scroll down for a haunting slideshow! Memories of a Fairy Tale: The Ghost of Echo Lawn A lot can happen to a landscape in eighty years.  Fields can become forests.  Farms can become freeways.  Gardens can become ghosts of what […]

Landscape Design for a Greenville, SC, Public Park: Part One

Landscape Design for a Greenville, SC, Public Park: Part One

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in Design, Places | No Comments

By Jana Bryan Wunderle, JMMDS Color photos:JMMDS Black & white historical images courtesy of Furman University This is Part One of a two-part blog. Falls Park, Greenville, SC: Background What is essential to every great city? A public park, of course. If you have ever been to Greenville, South Carolina, you know the pride its […]

A Virtual Visit to the Toronto Music Garden

A Virtual Visit to the Toronto Music Garden

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in People, Places, Uncategorized | One Comment

Last week Julie paid a visit to the Toronto Music Garden with her parents and reported that it is the perfect time of year to see this garden, when the grasses and many of the perennials are at their most spectacular. The Toronto Music Garden, inspired by Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, was designed by Julie […]