LDC Awards at the Boston Flower and Garden Show - 2016

Landscape Design Council Awards 2016 Boston Flower & Garden Show Exhibitors


BOSTON, MA—March 15, 2016—The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts presented three awards at the 2016 Boston Flower & Garden Show, which officially opens tomorrow. Winners of the awards are the Massachusetts Horticultural Society; the 2016 Newport Flower Show; and Miskovsky Landscaping with David Haskell of Haskell Nursery.


The LDC panel of judges was made up of LDC board members Suzanne Mahler of Hanover MA, Jana Milbocker of Holliston MA, and Frances Y J Wheeler of West Boxford MA. Nancy LaFave of Lakeville MA supported the panel as clerk.


Garden as Enchanting Outdoor Classroom


The LDC’s Emily Seaber Parcher Award is given for excellence in landscape design of a naturalistic garden of less than 1,000 square feet. “Nature’s Classroom,” the winning exhibit by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, features raised wattle beds of herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers nestled against a woodsy backdrop. Decorative objects of stone and other natural materials grace all areas of the exhibit.


Collaborating with Nature


Landscape Design Award I, bestowed by the LDC for excellence in landscape design of a professional garden exhibit, was presented to the exhibit entitled “A Topiary Garden,” offered jointly by Miskovsky Landscaping and David Haskell of Haskell Nursery. The garden combines formal and informal elements, and hardy and nonhardy plants. An enormous granite table top, sitting on red oak stumps with additional stumps for seating, is positioned under a stunning redwood arbor. The stone that is featured throughout the exhibit was collected or quarried in New England.


Grand Garden of the Gilded Age


Landscape Design Award II, given to a Boston Flower & Garden Show exhibitor for the effective use of garden ornaments, water features, specimen trees, or topiary in creating good design, was awarded to “Gilded—Artful Living” by the 2016 Newport Flower Show. True to its name, the exhibit reflects the grand gardens built on Newport’s Bellevue Avenue during the waning days of America’s Gilded Age. The garden room, planted with seasonal bedding plants, is centered on a formal fountain and enclosed by elegant arches and fencing.


Show attendees may view the award-winning exhibits, as well as the many other landscape exhibits admired by the LDC judges, from March 16 to 20 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Show hours, ticket information, and directions are available at www.bostonflowershow.com.


About the Winners


Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (www.masshort.org), headquartered at Elm Bank in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public’s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.


Miskovsky Landscaping (www.miskovskylandscaping.com) of Falmouth, Massachusetts, is headed by Paul Miskovksy, who blends an extensive knowledge of plants with the ability to sculpt landscapes using powerful machinery. A 1984 graduate in commercial floriculture from UMASS Stockbridge, Miskovsky has been practicing his craft for approximately 30 years. Haskell Nursery (www.haskellnursery.com) in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, is headed by well-known plantsman David Haskell.


Established in 1995, the Newport Flower Show (www.newportflowershow.org) raises funds for the continued restoration and preservation of the Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island’s 88 acres of historic landscapes, gardens, and trees. The is held annually at Rosecliff, one of Newport’s most elegant historic mansions and one of 11 historic house museums maintained by the Society. The 2016 Newport Flower Show, with the theme “Gilded—Artful Living,” will be held June 24-16, 2016.


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 judges for the Boston Flower & Garden Show and presents three landscape-design awards of its own.


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