LDC Awards at the Boston Flower and Garden Show - 2010

Massachusetts Firms Earn Landscape Design Council Awards at Boston Flower Show


BOSTON, MA—March 24, 2010—The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts today announced the recipients of three awards it granted at the 2010 Boston Flower Show, which opens today. Earthworks of Leverett MA won Landscape Design Award I and the Emily Seaber Parcher Award, and Michael C. Jardin Fine Gardens of Lakeville MA won Landscape Design Award II.


The LDC panel of judges was made up of long-time council members Virginia Lopez Begg of Andover MA, Mary Bowen Nokes of Lexington MA, and Frances Y J Wheeler of Andover MA. LDC vice chairman Joan Butler of Holliston MA served as the panel’s clerk.


Earthworks Wins Landscape Design Award I


The judges awarded Landscape Design Award I, for excellence in landscape design of a professional garden exhibit, to Earthworks of Leverett MA.


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.)


Not surprisingly, Earthworks’ stunning flower-show exhibit made use of very large stones, including a large torii-style gate and a water feature—as well as attractive woody and perennial plantings. The judges commented on the “outstanding use of stone” and the “wonderful integration of plants and hardscape.” They noted the “skilled balance of large specimen plants.”


Earthworks won the LDC’s Landscape Design Award I in 2004 and 2006.


Michael C. Jardin Wins Landscape Design Award II


Michael C. Jardin Fine Gardens of Lakeville MA 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. This handsome flower-show exhibit also included a large granite torii-style gate, but, in granting the award, the judges focused on a large circle made up of several flat stones pieced together, planted with low-growing greenery, and surrounded by water.


The panel described it thusly, “Plants vein through a stone circle that is beautifully set within a moss-ringed reflecting pool.”


Jardin has won many awards at flower shows and from organizations such as the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. He is known for his ability to force perennial and woody plants into bloom for display, and his exhibit showcased this skill.


Earthworks Scores Again with Emily Seaber Parcher Award


The LDC’s Emily Seaber Parcher Award, given for excellence in landscape design of a naturalistic garden, was award to Earthworks for the same exhibit that won the Landscape Design Award I.


The judging panel called the “naturalistic design a true feast for the senses” and applauded the “integration of New England granite, falling water, and plants in an artistic, yet naturalistic, setting.”


Earthworks previously won the Emily Seaber Parcher Award in 2006


Visit the Award-Winner Exhibits


Flower-show attendees may view the award-winning exhibits from March 24 to 28 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Show hours, ticket information, and directions are available at www.thebostonflowershow.com.


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. 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