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 […]

Native Plants: Still Essential for Wildlife

Native Plants: Still Essential for Wildlife

By Julie Moir Messervy On May 3, The New York Times published an op-ed piece by creative writing professor James Barilla that advocates maximizing diversity in our gardens in the face of a changing and unpredicatble climate. Barilla writes, “It doesn’t make sense to think in terms of native and nonnative when the local weather […]

Botox and Blossoms: Toward a Sustainable Beauty

Botox and Blossoms: Toward a Sustainable Beauty

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Essays, People | 7 Comments

Joy and Melancholy in the Native Plant Garden A guest post by Real Eguchi and Marlise Akazawa-Eguchi. All photos are by Terry Flanagan. Reproduced with modifications and with permission from Wildflower magazine, a publication of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The original article was based on a presentation of the same title given by Real […]

Native Plants: Taking the First Step

Native Plants: Taking the First Step

Posted by on Mar 25, 2011 in All, Design, New Homestead, People, Plants | 6 Comments

By Anna Johansen, JMMDS Following Julie’s jubilant call to action citing the teachings of Doug Tallamy to incorporate native plants in our landscapes, you may be wondering just how to take the next step. If so, read on! Two gorgeous native plants with different environmental requirements. L: Chelone lyonii (pink turtlehead) loves wet feet.  Photo: […]

Inspired Design: Ideas in Action at Friends School of Baltimore

Posted by on Nov 12, 2010 in Design, How-To, People, Places | 5 Comments

by Kay McConnell & Julie Moir Messervy Armed with information and ideas from Julie’s 2005 Landscape Design Retreat and 2006 Stone Workshop, and inspired by JMMDS’ work at Mt. Holyoke College, workshop participant Kay McConnell, along with the dedicated members of the Guilford Garden Club, set out to transform Friends School of Baltimore’s grounds into […]