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Julie Moir Messervy

Julie Moir Messervy - photo credit Randy O'Rourke

Award-winning Author & Landscape Designer

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 three decades of experience, seven 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 professionals and homeowners to create inspired gardens that reflect an inward vision deeply rooted in outdoor archetypes, childhood imagination and aesthetic impulses.

Acclaimed Author

Messervy’s latest book, The Toronto Music Garden: Inspired by Bach, describes the award-winning park’s inspiration, design and execution. In February 2009, Messervy released her highly anticipated book, Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love. In 2006, Messervy partnered with architect Sarah Susanka to write Outside the Not So Big House. It is a consistent best seller on and an invaluable guide to integrating home and landscape design. Messervy’s first book Contemplative Gardens, was named one of the ten best garden books of the year by The New York Times. Her second book The Inward Garden, 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.

Accolades and Honors

In 2007, The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth presented Messervy with an honorary doctor of fine arts degree. Messervy is the honored recipient of the Association for Professional Landscape Designer’s 2006 Award of Distinction. In 2005, she was awarded the Great American Gardeners Award for Landscape Design by the American Horticultural Society.

Projects, Writing and Lectures

Messervy has lectured at distinguished venues such as the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic and the Getty Museum. Her imaginative landscape design work has delighted clients including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Marshall Field’s, Fidelity Investments, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and scores of residential clients.

Her design work and books have been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Washington Post, House & Garden, Body + Soul, Natural Home & Garden, Country Living Gardener, Elle Decor, Vogue, Garden Design, Landscape Architecture and numerous other leading newspapers and magazines around the world. She has been a regular contributor to Fine Gardening magazine and has appeared on WGBH’s “Victory Garden” and public radio stations across the nation.

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.

Messervy studied landscape design with eminent Japanese garden master Kinsaku Nakane in Kyoto, Japan, first as a Henry Luce Scholar 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. She travels from Saxtons River, Vt.

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