LDC Awards at the New England Flower Show - 2006

Massachusetts Firms Earn Landscape Design Council Awards at the 2006 New England Spring Flower Show


Wellesley Hills, MA—March 17, 2006—The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts today announced the recipients of three awards it granted at the 2006 New England Spring Flower Show (NESFS). Earthworks won Landscape Design Award I for the second time and Landscape Design Award II for the first time; MetroWest Water Garden Designs won the Emily Seaber Parcher Award, the first LDC award it has received. The LDC judges panels were made up of council members, including chairman Joan W. Schofield.


Landscape Design Award I


The judges awarded Landscape Design Award I, for excellence in landscape design of a professional NESFS garden exhibit of less than 1000 square feet, to an exhibit by Earthworks of Leverett, Massachusetts.


Earthworks is a full-service landscape-design and construction company that creates large stone hardscapes and uses flowing water and unusual combinations of perennials, flowering shrubs, and trees to complete distinctive gardens for urban and country settings. Founder Michael B. Mazur is a garden designer and stone sculptor. Examples of projects designed and executed by the firm may be seen at www.earthworksgardengallery.com.


True to form, Earthworks’ 2006 NESFS exhibit made use of mammoth stones and incorporated a handsome water feature and attractive woody and perennial plantings. The judges’ comments stated: “Dynamic design melds strong rock forms with varied textures of plants and flow of sparkling water to create well-balanced, compelling space.”


Earthworks won the LDC’s Landscape Design Award I in 2004, as well.


Landscape Design Award II


Earthworks also won the LDC’s Landscape Design Award II for the effective use of garden ornament, water features, specimen trees, or topiary in a creating good design. The judging panel for this award stated: “Fabulous—compelling from every angle.”


Emily Seaber Parcher Award


The LDC’s Emily Seaber Parcher Award, given for excellence in landscape design of a naturalistic garden of less than 1000 square feet, went to MetroWest Water Garden Design of Hopedale, Massachusetts.


MetroWest Water Garden Designs offers its customers a variety of landscape contracting services, focusing primarily on the design, creation, installation, and maintenance of water gardens, ponds, waterfalls, water features, and eye-catching planting displays. Founder Tom Frost is an Aquascape Designs Certified Aquascape Contractor (CAC), a member of Aquascape Designs’ Water Garden Excellence Program, a Massachusetts Horticulture Society Certified Master Gardener, and an active member of several industry related groups and organizations. A gallery of the firm’s projects is available for viewing at www.metrowestwatergardendesigns.com.


MetroWest Water Garden Designs’s award-winning NESFS exhibit replicated a typical New England stream and pond surrounded by woods. The judging panel commented: “Naturalistic, well-integrated and -positioned native water and woodland plant material. Tranquil pond, fed by tumbling waterfall, is enhanced by koi and turtles.”


In 2005, Earthworks won the Emily Seaber Parcher Award.


The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts


Organized in 1963, the Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts operates under the auspices of National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC) and is a special-subjects group of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. The purpose of LDC is to provide ongoing landscape-design education through speakers, workshops, and tours of outstanding public and private areas. The Massachusetts chapter is the largest Council in the US.


The Membership


LDC members have completed the Landscape Design Study Program, a series of four 10-hour courses, and passed the required examinations, entitling them to become NGC-accredited Landscape Design Consultants. Members act in an advisory capacity to encourage awareness of the need for good landscape architectural practice, serving as guardians of environmental beauty by applying what they have learned to individual and community projects. LDC members promote environmental interests through work on town committees and boards. Members have been responsible for many landscaping projects at municipal buildings and other public areas in their cities and towns. A number have gone on to earn certificates in landscape design, or Master’s degrees in landscape architecture, and to establish their own businesses.


For more information about LDC, visit www.ldcma.org or contact ldcmass@gmail.com.

Editorial Contact:
Frances Wheeler
for the Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts