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Story #56Julie Moir Messervy Design StudioSaxtons River, VT

On some level, everybody longs to have a place of beauty and meaning in their lives.

Julie Moir Messervy is a firm believer that we all need a little bit of nature in our lives, whether it is a private garden in our backyard or an inspiring public space. With her small landscape architecture and design firm, Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, Messervy has been helping to bring those spaces to people’s homes and cities for the last 40 years. From a little village in rural Vermont, Messervy and her dedicated team take on projects ranging from small residential landscapes to large-scale designs for city parks and museums.

In her 20s, Messervy traveled to Japan and learn about garden design from a master. Realizing how fortunate she was, upon her return she wanted to share her new knowledge with others. This desire to give back is the very foundation of her business; Messervy has also written eight books and developed an app, all with the goal of getting people to go outside and enjoy nature. “We all need beautiful nature in our lives, and that’s what we get to create here,” says Messervy.

As a female small-business owner, Messervy has a keen understanding of the struggle to balance work and life, especially as a mother. She employs four women in her Vermont studio and is happy to give them a flexible work environment so they can be there for their children when needed. “Work-life balance is very important,” says Messervy. “ I learned that from being a mom and working off my dining room table when my kids were little.”

Messervy also recognizes the importance of adapting with and taking advantage of advances in technology, and is excited about the potential for her app to reach a broader audience. “We’re able to take our local knowledge and give it to anyone in the world now.” Furthermore, she hopes to encourage more people to get off the Internet and go outside.

“The Internet is so endlessly fascinating that we all are just drawn into it, but we’re not drawn outside enough into our own backyards. How can I help?”

 

Photos by Christina Clusiau

  • One of the designers at JMMDS works with the app in the studio in Saxtons River Vt. Julie Moir Messervy worked with a developer to design the app from scratch, and it has helped them to reach a broader audience and make landscape design fun for customers.

  • Julie Moir Messervy sits at one of the gardens she designed near Saxtons River, Vt. She founded her business, Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, 40 years ago with the goal of sharing her landscape design knowledge with others.

  • Saxtons River, Vt, is a small town with a population of about 500. Despite the rural location, Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio works with clients nationally.

  • Julie Moir Messervy at the site of a future park they are designing in Saxtons River, Vt.

  • A portrait of Julie Moir Messervy at her design studio in Saxtons River, Vt.

  • A design plan at Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio. Messervy views each project as a collaboration with the client to take their "inward garden" and create an "outward garden" on the land.

  • Julie Moir Messervy works at the JMMDS design studio.

  • Julie Moir Messervy and her team have a planning meeting at the JMMDS design studio.

  • The sign for Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio hangs outside their building on Main Street in Saxtons River, Vt.

  • The exterior of Julie Moir Messervy's Design Studio in Saxtons River, Vt. From their headquarters in the small rural town they take on projects ranging from residential gardens to large-scale parks and master plans for museums and non-profits.

  • Julie and her team have a planning meeting at the (JMMDS) design studio in Saxtons River, VT (photo by: Christina Clusiau)

  • Julie and one of the JMMDS designers survey the site of a future park they are designing in Saxtons River, Vt.

  • As a female small business owner, Messervy has a keen understanding of the struggle to balance work and life, especially as a mother. She employs four women in her Vermont studio, and is happy to give them a flexible work environment so they can be there for their children when needed.

  • Julie and one of the JMMDS designers, Jana, walk to a meeting about a future park site they are designing in Saxtons River. Messervy loves that her work gives her the opportunity to give back to her community and small town with a beautiful public space.

Business Details

Proprietor: Julie Moir Messervy
18 Main St. Saxtons River, VT 05154
PH: 802-869-1470 / Website
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