Julie Moir Messervy transforms a carport into “The Mercedes Silver Dream”

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. Julie is the principal designer of JMMDS, a Saxtons River, Vt.-based landscape architecture and design firm that creates parks and residential gardens around the country. Her best-known work, the three-acre Toronto Music Garden, was designed in collaboration with noted cellist Yo-Yo Ma and received the Leonardo da Vinci Award for innovation and creativity.

She is a distinguished lecturer and the author of eight books on landscape design, including "Landscaping Ideas That Work," "Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love," and "Outside the Not So Big House with Sarah Susanka." She has written numerous articles, including the popular long-running “Inspired Design” column for Fine Gardening magazine, and gives lectures and workshops around North America.

For the 2016 Junior League of Miami Showhouse, JMMDS will transform the Carport at the Sausage Cottage. Julie shared that "we always try to see the world as a garden—so it’s fun to show that even a utilitarian space like a carport can become a place of beauty and meaning. With its striking red latticework and high ceiling, the Carport acts as an important connector between The Kampong’s interior and exterior spaces and as a gateway element in the out-of-doors. We immediately envisioned an elegant silver Mercedes-Benz parked there, surrounded by its very own fantasy garden—its Silver Dream."