Celebrated Landscape Designer and Author Julie Moir Messervy to Host March Workshop at Fallingwater

Thu, Feb 14th 2008, 10:50. Filed under News Releases.

Mill Run, PA – Julie Moir Messervy, the acclaimed author and landscape designer known for her inspired, imaginative gardens, will lead a design workshop, “Creating Home Outside,” on Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Barn at Fallingwater in Fayette County.

Messervy’s workshop will present design ideas to help homeowners, gardeners and design professionals create unique gardens for themselves or their clients. Messervy’s groundbreaking approach breaks down traditional barriers between the home and its surroundings to produce a unified design—the landscape of home. These concepts are featured in her book Outside the Not So Big House, a consistent best-seller on Amazon.com, written in partnership with architect Sarah Susanka, F.A.I.A.

The workshop will feature lectures and hands-on activities that encourage participants to discover their own inward visions of their ideal gardens. The workshop is open to the public, and accommodations at special rates are available to workshop participants at Seven Springs for Friday and Saturday nights.

“Julie Moir Messervy’s approach to landscape design will captivate and inspire design professionals as well as home gardeners,” said Lynda Waggoner, Director of Fallingwater and Vice President of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. “Her ideas about extending the presence of home onto the land will be a delight to explore at the Barn at Fallingwater, so near the place where Frank Lloyd Wright created a house that has come to symbolize living in harmony with the natural environment.”

The $285 registration fee for the all-day workshop includes lunch, a printed companion workbook and a copy of Fine Gardening Magazine. The first 30 registrants will receive complimentary copies of The Inward Garden, Messervy’s classic book. Upon request at time of registration, participants will receive 6 AIA/CES Learning Units or a Certificate of Completion.

For reservations, please call 724-329-1441, ext. 1107 or click here to register online.


The Barn at Fallingwater is located on the Bear Run Nature Reserve on PA Route 381, between Mill Run and Ohiopyle, just ¼ mile north of the Fallingwater entrance. Free parking is conveniently located behind the facility, and can be reached via the entry drive for Western Pennsylvania Conservancy's Bear Run Nature Reserve.

Additional Information

For general information on the workshop, the Bear Run Nature Reserve, or to purchase Fallingwater tour tickets, please telephone 724-329-8501, or visit our website at www.fallingwater.org.

About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

To date, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 75th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats. 

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®, which was designed in 1935 and entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr. A symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater is open to the public and offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors. 

Each year, WPC plants and maintains community gardens and greening projects throughout Western Pennsylvania. In 2007, WPC partnered with more than 5,000 volunteers and dozens of community organizations to plant 140 gardens in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100% of your donation is tax-deductable as allowed by law.