Julie Moir Messervy
Julie Moir Messervy’s vision for composing landscapes of beauty and meaning is furthering the evolution of landscape design and changing the way people create and enjoy their outdoor surroundings. With over three decades of experience, six books, and numerous high-profile lectures, Messervy is an innovative leader in landscape and garden design theory and practice.
Messervy’s imaginative landscape design work has delighted clients including the City of Greenville, SC; Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, OH; Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts; Marshall Field’s; Fidelity Investments; the Massachusetts Horticultural Society; the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; Kansas City Art Institute; and scores of residential clients.
The Toronto Music Garden
In 1999, Messervy completed the award-winning Toronto Music Garden, a collaboration with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the City of Toronto to create a three-acre public park based on the “First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello” by J.S. Bach. In 2005, the Toronto Music Garden received a Leonardo Da Vinci award for innovation and creativity.
Acclaimed Author and Lecturer
Messervy’s most recent book, The Toronto Music Garden: Inspired by Bach, is an in-depth guide to the conception and creation of this award-winning public garden. Her 2009 book, Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love, received the Garden Writers Association 2010 Gold Medal for Best Book Writing. In 2006, Messervy partnered with architect Sarah Susanka to write Outside the Not So Big House. Messervy has also authored The Magic Land, The Inward Garden, and Contemplative Gardens, named one of the ten best garden books of the year by The New York Times. She is currently at work on a new landscaping book, due out from The Taunton Press in November 2013.
Her industry expertise, work and books have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, House & Garden, Elle Decor, Vogue, Garden Design and numerous other leading print and online media around the world. She is “The New Homestead” columnist for Organic Gardening magazine, and formerly she was the popular columnist of “Inspired Design” for Fine Gardening magazine. Messervy has lectured at distinguished venues such as the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, and the Getty Museum.
Accolades and Honors
In 2012, JMMDS was awarded the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association’s Grand Honor Award for Commercial Design for the Inspiration Garden at Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA. In 2010, Thomas College awarded Messervy an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; in 2007, she received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Messervy is the honored recipient of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers’ 2006 Award of Distinction. In 2005, she was awarded the Great American Gardeners Award for Landscape Design by the American Horticultural Society.
Messervy studied landscape design with eminent Japanese garden master Kinsaku Nakane in Kyoto, Japan, first as a Henry Luce Scholar, and then as a Japan Foundation Fellow. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and Master of Architecture and Master in City Planning degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Messervy is the principal of Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio (JMMDS) in Saxtons River, Vermont.