LDC Announces Charitable Grants, Elects Officers - 2009

Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts Announces Charitable Grants, Elects 2009-2011 Officers


Dedham, Massachusetts—MIT Endicott House—May 12, 2009—At the 2009 Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts annual meeting, held here April 30, 2007-2009 chairman Adriana O’Sullivan presented a farewell address to attendees that outlined significant events of her term, including two major donations in the past year. Following her address, a new slate of officers was elected.


Supporting the Restoration of The Mount


O’Sullivan announced that LDC contributed $2,000 to The Mount, a property visited by the organization in 2007 as part of a three-day learning excursion to the Berkshires.


Located in Lenox, Massachusetts, The Mount was designed and built in 1902 by Edith Wharton, Pulitzer-prize winning member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She wrote more than 40 books in as many years, including authoritative works on architecture, gardens, interior design, and travel, as well as fiction. She is perhaps best know for her novels The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and The House of Mirth.


The Mount was built based on the principles outlined in Wharton’s influential book, The Decoration of Houses, co-authored with architect Ogden Codman, Jr. Aside from being the only U.S. monument to Edith Wharton, this classical revival house, surrounded by formal gardens and woodlands, is one of the only 5 percent of National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women.


Since 1980, Edith Wharton Restoration has been working to restore the estate buildings and grounds. To learn more about The Mount, visit www.edithwharton.org.


Pro Bono Landscape Design for Underserved Communities


O’Sullivan also announced that LDC of Massachusetts had made a $2,000 donation to COGdesign, the Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design.


Based in Waltham, Massachusetts, COGdesign provides pro bono landscape design services and is a catalyst for the installation and ongoing stewardship of beautiful, safe, and useful public green spaces in underserved communities.


COGdesign has completed more than 80 landscape design projects in eastern Massachusetts, partnering with public and private schools, neighborhood parks, “friends” groups, churches, municipal agencies, historic sites, and community gardens.


For more information about COGdesign, visit www.cogdesign.org.


New Leadership for LDC of Massachusetts


The slate of 2009-2011 LDC officers is headed by chairman Nancy Hubert of Lexington, Massachusetts. A member of the New England Landscape Design & History Association (NELDHA), she earned a graduate-level certificate in landscape design history at the Landscape Institute of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University (formerly known as The Radcliffe Seminars).


A National Garden Clubs, Inc.-certified Landscape Design Consultant, Hubert previously served as vice chairman and programs chairman of LDC of Massachusetts. She is past president of the Lexington (Massachusetts) Field and Garden Club and is a member of the Civic Development and Historic Preservation Grants Committee of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. Her areas of interest include the history of landscape design, preservation and/or restoration of historic landscapes, civic improvement, apples, and plant hunters.


Other officers elected at the annual meeting include Joan Butler of Holliston, vice chairman and programs chairman; Joan M. Hansel of Hingham, recording secretary; Jeanne Nevard of Pepperell, corresponding secretary; and Georgia C. Papavasiliou of Holliston, treasurer.


The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts


Organized in 1963, LDC of Massachusetts operates under the auspices of National Garden Clubs, Inc., and is a special-subjects group of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. 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. It provides several judging panels for the New England Spring Flower Show and presents three awards.


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