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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, eight books, and numerous high-profile lectures, Messervy is an innovative leader in landscape and garden design theory and practice.

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 wrote “The New Homestead” column for Organic Gardening magazine and the long-running popular “Inspired Design” column for Fine Gardening magazine. Messervy has lectured at distinguished venues such as the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, and the Getty Museum.

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.

Portrait by Susan Teare.

JANA BRYAN – Licensed Landscape Architect

Jana works at JMMDS as a landscape architect and team designer on many projects. She holds degrees in Fine Arts and Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. She finds creative inspiration from patterns and colors in nature, gardens, weaving and other fiber arts.

ERICA LUDLOW BOWMAN – Licensed Landscape Architect

Erica came to JMMDS in 2007 with an MLA from Cornell and a specialization in Ecological Design. A fully licensed landscape architect and surveyor, Erica is a horticulturalist at heart; her favorite projects are plant-centric designs. She also writes for Horticulture magazine and other publications. Erica manages JMMDS projects in the New England area and beyond.

ANNA JOHANSEN – Licensed Landscape Architect

Anna has been the project manager and designer on a range of public and private JMMDS projects. She is a native of Vermont, has a BS in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, is an avid gardener, and also has an organic cut-flower business.

BETHANY GRACIA – Project Manager/Landscape Designer/Graphics

Bethany designs and creates graphics for web, apps, and print. She is the JMMDS and Home Outside web manager and project manager/designer for the Home Outside Palette app. A Smith College alumna (Art & Architecture), Bethany is a seasoned landscape designer, gardener, and horticulturalist.

SAMANTHA ANDERSON – Project Manager/Landscape Designer

Samantha works as a project designer on residential and institutional projects at JMMDS. With a background in the arts as well as science, Samantha brings both creativity and technical expertise to her landscape design projects. Samantha enjoys painting, pottery, gardening, and tree identification and holds an MLA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as well as a certificate in Advanced Permaculture Design.

JENNIFER SILVER – Marketing and Communications Manager

Jennifer takes care of our Home Outside clients and manages the details. With a Dartmouth College degree in English and a passion for permaculture, she is happiest when writing, gardening, hiking, or foraging.


Julie Moir Messervy, Jennifer Silver, Bethany Gracia, Jana L. Bryan, Samantha Anderson, and Erica Bowman.

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