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 […]

Design Tips: Using Trees in the Home Landscape

Design Tips: Using Trees in the Home Landscape

By Julie Moir Messervy (based on her July 20th Real Estate Today radio interview with Gil Gross)   “If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; if you want to be happy for life, plant a tree.” (English proverb) At this JMMDS-designed property, we decided to plant deciduous specimens that will become […]

Plants We Love: Some Excellent Shrubs

Plants We Love: Some Excellent Shrubs

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Plants | 5 Comments

By Jennifer Silver, JMMDS Two years ago Ball Horticultural Company sent JMMDS some shrubs to try out in our home gardens, all of them selected from established performers in our Zone 5 growing area. The shrubs arrived in perfect condition—healthy and lush little specimens. I took several home and plunked them in the ground, then […]

Marvelous, Magical Madoo

Marvelous, Magical Madoo

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 in Design, People, Places, Plants | One Comment

Text and photos by Anna Karina Johansen, JMMDS Meandering through Madoo Conservancy‘s intimate, magical gardens, I felt the mischievous gardener side of me awaken.  The garden is not perfect; it is as clever and fun as its stairway to nowhere, and that’s why I love it. Most famous gardens in the Hamptons are private.  Fortunately, […]

Fruits and Nuts: Good Winter Reading

Fruits and Nuts: Good Winter Reading

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in All, Books, New Homestead, Plants | 3 Comments

By Jennifer Silver, JMMDS My house may be full of nuts, but my yard has none. This sad state of affairs struck me after reading The Fruit Gardener’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden (Storey Publishing, 2011), Leonard Perry’s update of Lewis Hill’s classic Fruits and Berries for the Home Garden. For […]

Specimen Trees: A Visit to Shin-Boku Nursery

Specimen Trees: A Visit to Shin-Boku Nursery

Posted by on Nov 21, 2011 in All, People, Places, Plants | 8 Comments

Text and photos (except where noted) by Jana Bryan Wunderle, JMMDS Julie and I recently enjoyed a fieldtrip to Wentworth, NH, to visit the Shin-Boku Nursery on the western edge of the White Mountains. We were conducting research for a private garden we are designing for a client whose first love is trees, and this […]

Last Plant Standing: A Snarky Gardener’s Take on the Late, Late Bloomers

Last Plant Standing: A Snarky Gardener’s Take on the Late, Late Bloomers

Posted by on Oct 21, 2011 in All, New Homestead, Plants | 9 Comments

Text and photos by Erica Bowman, JMMDS Dahlia bud. Autumn is hard on us gardeners. It signals the end of yet another growing season. It can be difficult to let go of those glorious blooms, and harder yet accepting the reality of winter’s coming. Sometimes a protracted goodbye is a bad thing. For one snarky […]

Recycling Concrete

Recycling Concrete

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Design, New Homestead, Plants, Tips, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

by Anna Karina Johansen, JMMDS Concrete is one of the most commonly used materials in residential and other construction.  So what happens when that concrete reaches the end of its lifespan and needs replacing?  In one recent JMMDS project, concrete that would have otherwise been hauled away was re-purposed on site. A new driveway recycling […]

Reviving Rudbeckia: A Case Study of Downy Mildew

Reviving Rudbeckia: A Case Study of Downy Mildew

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in All, Plants | 8 Comments

By Erica Bowman, JMMDS Healthy Rudbeckias, or black-eyed Susans, are a beautiful addition to the perennial border. Photo: Erica Bowman. Some call it a weed, others think of it as a glorified wildflower, but to many gardeners, black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida) is a staple of the late-summer garden.   ‘Goldsturm,’ the most popular cultivar (Rudbeckia fulgida […]

Garden Clean-Up: Rotation and Cover Crops

Garden Clean-Up: Rotation and Cover Crops

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 in All, How-To, New Homestead, Plants, Tips | 2 Comments

by Jennifer Silver, JMMDS Vermont is enjoying some blessed sunshine after our recent torrential rains and floods, but we’re poised on the cusp between summer and fall. A possible frost is in the forecast for this weekend—although my cayenne peppers haven’t even turned red yet. I’m already raking the first leaves out of my baby […]