|Biography: Julie Moir Messervy
With more than two decades of experience, four books and numerous high-profile lectures, Ms. Messervy has emerged as a leader of a movement in which landscape design is as much a personal journey as it is about leaving a unique imprint upon the earth. She has inspired a new generation of landscape designers, homeowners and others to create soulful oases that reflect an inward vision deeply rooted in outdoor archetypes, childhood imagination and aesthetic impulses.
A celebrated author, Ms. Messervy's first book "Contemplative Gardens" (Howell Press, 1990), was called 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 Carol Stocker of The Boston Globe.
Her new book, written with architect Sarah Susanka, is called "Outside the Not So Big House: Creating the Landscape of Home" and is published by Taunton Press.
Ms. Messervy is a regular contributor to Fine Gardening magazine with a column, "Inspired Design." Her design work and books have been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Japan Times, Washington Post, Elle Décor, Vogue, Garden Design, Delta Sky Magazine, Organic Gardening, Landscape Architecture, The Christian Science Monitor and numerous other leading newspapers and magazines around the world.
Ms. Messervy's vision makes her a sought-after resource by arts and humanities organizations, corporations and media. She has lectured at such distinguished venues as the Smithsonian Institute, National geographic and the Getty Museum. Her imaginative landscape design work includes the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Fidelity Investments, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Franklin Park Conservatory and numerous residential clients.
Ms. Messervy designed the Toronto Music Garden in the city of Toronto. The six garden movements mirror the form, feeling and structure of the famous composition. Ms. Messervy and the Toronto Music Garden are the subject of the award winning PBS television series, "Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach: The Music Garden."
Julie Moir Messervy studied landscape design with eminent Japanese garden master Kinsaku Nakane in Kyoto, Japan, first as a Henry Luce Scholar and later 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.
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