Our Philosophy

"It will be as if we were never there – only better."

We strive to create the most verdant landscapes by imparting a holistic approach to each setting. As Earth's ambassador our goal is to seamlessly unite a site's existing characteristics with the perfect plan.

Nature Dictates Design

A design begins with one's needs, desires. From there we look to Nature. We believe that both Human Nature and Mother Nature are of the utmost importance when developing a new or existing garden.

Plan(t) Perfect

Healthy plants are beautiful plants. Beautiful plants make a garden exceptional. We create healthy, beautiful plantings using a site-specific plant approach.

 

Jenna and her team provide these services:

  • Garden design, installation and maintenance

  • Planting design

  • Entry garden design

  • Container garden design, installation and maintenance

  • Conservatory and greenhouse care and maintenance

"We garden organically — even in pots."

 

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Jenna O'Brien's Teaching Schedule for 2019 & 2020

Classes, Lectures & Events

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bringing Plants in

for the Winter

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Stockbridge, MA

 

At the end of the summer, what do you do with all those special patio plants that you have fussed over for the summer months? This class will give gardeners tricks of the trade to protect their tender perennials, house plants, woody potted specimens and succulent collections and to encourage them to thrive during the winter season. Taught by Jenna O'Brien, topics of this class will include cultivation, fertilizing, watering and healthcare. Learn by doing and take home some plant companions, These simple, cost-saving methods will help gardeners multiply their plant supply for the next season's garden.

3 weeks,  evenings

Education Center at

Berkshire Botanical Gardens

Stockbridge MA

This course, part of the Horticultural Certificate Program, is a unique opportunity to study container gardening in depth.

Jenna uses containers in the landscape to enhance and extend seasonal beauty, produce food and create an authentic sense of place. Learn how Jenna carries out her container designs from functional and conceptual design to pot, plant and soil selections while viewing a slideshow of her latest designs, followed by a hands-on demonstration.

Container

Gardening

February, 2020

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Designing an

Easy-Care Garden

Berkshires Week

at Kripalu Center

for Yoga and Health

Lenox, MA

2:00 - 3::30pm

Every garden requires care, yet if you start off on the right foot by learning some simple techniques, your gardening efforts can be very rewarding. Learn how Jenna designs her gardens to be less labor intensive, using techniques she has developed from over 20 years as a professional perennial and container gardener in the Berkshires.

Berkshire Botanical Gardens

Stockbridge, MA

 

Jenna O'Brien uses containers in the landscape to enhance and extend seasonal beauty, produce food and create an authentic sense of place. Learn how Jenna carries out her container designs from conceptual design to pot, plant and soil selections while viewing a slideshow of her latest designs.

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Hollister House Garden

Washington, CT

Jenna O'Brien, founder and owner of Viridissima Hortiiculture and Design, uses containers in the landscape to enhance and extend seasonal beauty, produce food and help create an authentic sense of place. In this illustrated presentation you will learn how Jenna carries out her container designs. Beginning with a discussion on functional and conceptual design she will talk about pot, plant and soil selection. The presentation will be followed by a hands-on demonstration and a lucky attendee will win the completed container.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Container

Gardening

A New perspective on Container Gardening

Private lecture

Fort Orange Garden Club

Albany, NY

Jenna is presenting

a private lecture for the 

Fort Orange Garden Club

Albany, NY

Saturday, March 9, 2019

10:00 am

Ward's Nursery & Garden Center

Gt. Barrington MA

The art of the container comes from creating combinations that can handle the same environment while making an impact of contrasts and similarities. Whether you want continuous flowers, herbs or even vegetables, containers and their mobility can offer new options.
Jenna’s slides will give you loads of ideas and the basic principles about designing a container; then, you will participate in the creation of one from Ward’s current plant offerings.

May 15, 2019

Garden club

Lecture

February 28-March 14, 2019

Container

Gardening

Container

Gardening

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

3 weeks, Thursday evenings

Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14 2019

Education Center at

Berkshire Botanical Gardens

Stockbridge MA

This course, part of the Horticultural Certificate Program, is a unique opportunity to study container gardening in depth.

Jenna uses containers in the landscape to enhance and extend seasonal beauty, produce food and create an authentic sense of place. Learn how Jenna carries out her container designs from functional and conceptual design to pot, plant and soil selections while viewing a slideshow of her latest designs, followed by a hands-on demonstration.

What we are

reading ...

from the book -

"Paying attention acknowledges that we have something to learn from intelligences other than our own. Listening, standing witness, creates an openness to the world in which the boundaries between us can dissolve in a raindrop," 

I recommend listening to the audio version, as it is read by the author. She has a beautiful voice as well as a beautiful message.

by

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding

Sweetgrass

 

Testimonials

“Jenna, as I watered today I was struck by your genius. You are a truly talented designer, plant savvy, but with tremendous style. Who would think of tearing all the leaves off the good plant to make it match the dead one? THAT is genius. Also, how did youfind the welded tree branches to prop up the conifers at the pool? They look great, as does everything. It is official, you will be doing the pots at BBF in the future. Thank you, thank you.”

Matt Larkin

“I am so grateful to have found Jenna. She is very knowledgeable, thoughtful in her approach, efficient and so artistic. She has really transformed my gardens. She has a complete understanding of my needs in the garden and has wonderful ideas. I very much appreciate her work.”

Madeleine Miller

"Good morning! Just toured the garden and am filled with gratitude for your work and presence. Even though I am a gardener, I need compost and inspiration– new ideas and sisterly attention. The bones of what you did all last year hold strong, much of what we planted is thriving. And I look forward to what is next. That little comphrey is up. The big leaf stuff (Brownwilla?) is coming up. Happy. Grateful."

Suzi Banks Baum

“Jenna is a treasure. She's an extremely knowledgeable plants person, who never ceases to learn about new varieties, different planting techniques and management regimens that keep plants looking their best, as well as the pests and diseases that are always threatening. She has a knack for making wonderful container displays, beautiful as well as productive vegetable gardens and spectacular flower arrangements. She also has a strong work ethic and is tireless in the garden. In addition, she's a good manager of people, who supervises and trains her staff very effectively. Finally, she is a delight to work with, always listening to others' ideas and opinions and inserting her own suggestions into the discussion with thoughtfullness and charm.”

Ian Hooper

“Jenna O'Brien and her Viridissima team have been helping me with our gardens for the last 8 years. It has been 8 years of joy and pleasure. Jenna is prompt, reliable, well organized, always cheerful, and very hardworking. But much more than that she is a gifted designer and a curious and eager learner and explorer in horticultural subjects. She is the best thing in my garden.”

Georgeanne Rousseau

“She adopts a holistic approach to gardening where the relationship between landscape and client is interconnected and harmonious. First and foremost Jenna is an excellent listener. She thoughtfully ponders and considers the concerns and desires of the client, makes suggestions, and is flexible and willing to change direction if needed. Jenna devises creative solutions and follows up with sketches and images of proposed plantings and designs, thereby greatly facilitating the process. Jenna and her crew have a great attitude, are serious and professional about their work and, in essence are a lot of fun to work with. My gardens have never looked so good!”

Rebekah Tressel Wise

to contact us:

viridissima.office @ gmail.com

 

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