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Julie Moir Messervy
Julie Moir Messervy’s vision for composing gardens of beauty and meaning is furthering the evolution of landscape design and changing the way people think about their outdoor surroundings.
With thirty years of experience, four books and numerous high-profile lectures, Messervy has emerged as a leader of a movement in which landscape design is as much a personal journey as it is leaving a unique imprint upon the earth. She has inspired a new generation of landscape designers, homeowners and others to create soulful gardens that reflect an inward vision deeply rooted in outdoor archetypes, childhood imagination and aesthetic impulses.
A celebrated author, Messervy’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. Messervy’s book written in partnership with architect Sarah Susanka, is called 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. Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love is her latest book.
Home Outside is a user-friendly guide to composing a unique and personal landscape. Clear and concise writing, together with beautiful photographs, before and after images, diagrams, green tips and case studies, all illustrate that good landscape design is approachable, affordable and attainable
In this groundbreaking book, noted landscape designer and award-winning writer Julie Moir Messervy and bestselling author Sarah Susanka reveal how to bring house and garden into perfect harmony. In Outside the Not So Big House, Julie and Sarah teach you everything you need to know about the design concepts essential to extending your home beyond its four walls.
When The Inward Garden first was published in 1995, Julie Moir Messervy introduced a new movement in landscape design: a process that was as much a personal journey as it was a singularly rewarding method for creating a garden of one's own. With this re-launch of her award-winning, classic book, her words continue to resonate, awakening in us the power of nature and the magic of special places in our busy lives.