More About the Author
With over three decades of experience, eight books, and numerous high-profile lectures, Julie Moir Messervy is an innovative leader in landscape and garden design theory and practice.
Her most recent book, Landscaping Ideas That Work (Taunton Press, January 2014), is her most practical book yet, offering a host of visual ideas as well as design tips, before and after images, case studies, and essential information for homeowners.
Julie and her award-winning studio, JMMDS, offer full-service landscape architecture and design for residences and organizations, as well as an online landscape design service. For information about the Home Outside® online service, visit www.homeoutsidedesign.com.
With the online design service and Home Outside Palette landscape design app (available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for all major devices), Julie and JMMDS are pioneering new ways to bring good landscape design to homeowners everywhere.
Julie's first book, Contemplative Gardens (Howell Press, 1990), was named "one of the ten best garden books of the year" by The New York Times. Her second book, The Inward Garden (Little, Brown and Company, 1995), won the Garden Writers Association of America Gold Medal in 1996. Her third book, The Magic Land, was proclaimed a "delight" by Yo-Yo Ma and "a companion for inspired daydreaming" by The Boston Globe. Julie's fourth book, written in partnership with architect Sarah Susanka, Outside the Not So Big House (The Taunton Press, 2006), is a consistent best-seller on Amazon.com and ranked at the top of bookseller lists in Canada. Her fifth book, Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love (The Taunton Press, 2009), received the Garden Writers Association 2010 Gold Medal for Best Book Writing. In 2009, she published The Toronto Music Garden, an in-depth guide to the conception and creation of this award-winning three-acre public garden, designed by Julie in collaboration with eminent cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Julie'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. Visit her at www.jmmds.com for her news, blog, design portfolio, and upcoming lectures and events.
Many people ask how to pronounce Julie Moir Messervy's name. Moir rhymes with "lawyer"; Messervy is pronounced "meh-SIR-vee."