LDC Award for Excellence & LDC Award Certificate - 2018

Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts Announces 2018 Award Recipients

Christine Poff, Boston’s Community Preservation Director, and Marie Stella, Landscape
Designer and Historian, Recognized for Excellence in the Field of Landscape Design


WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS—January 29, 2019—The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts has recognized Christine Poff, community preservation director for the city of Boston, and Marie Stella, landscape designer and historian, as its 2018 awardees for excellence in the field of landscape design.


Outstanding Civic Accomplishment

Poff is the 2018 recipient of the Landscape Design Council Award for Excellence, given in recognition of outstanding civic accomplishment.

“Throughout her career, Christine has worked in many ways to make life better for citizens,” said LDC chairman George Papavasiliou. “We particularly applaud her efforts on behalf of Boston’s Franklin Park and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, which stand out as supportive of the Landscape Design Council’s mission.”

As political director of the National Association of Social Workers, Poff advocated for economic and social justice bills at the Massachusetts State House, but she is likely better known for her 14 years’ service as executive director of the Franklin Park Coalition, a nonprofit organization that gives a community voice to Boston’s Franklin Park. She worked to bring back such beloved park institutions as the Elma Lewis Playhouse, the FPC Youth Crew, and the annual Kite and Bike Festival.

In addition, she chaired the Park Overseers of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. She began the citywide network of park leaders, the Boston Park Advocates, to help bring attention to the City's open spaces. She continues to work with the Roxbury Cultural Network.

As the Director of the Community Preservation Committee, Poff works to collect information about housing, preservation, and open space projects that civic groups want and to help decide which grant applications should be funded by the real-estate transaction tax that Bostonians voted for in 2017.


Outstanding Accomplishment in Landscape Design

Stella is the recipient of the 2018 Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in the Field of Landscape Design, awarded to a garden club or an LDC member.

Stella specializes in creating environmentally sustainable landscapes, initiatives to preserve open space, and thematic residential gardens. Her projects include El Jardin del Paraiso, an innovative ¾-acre children’s garden in New York City; a Teaching Herb Garden at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Elm Bank; and Beaver Lodge, a Platinum LEEDS–certified house and sustainable landscape in the Berkshires.

“The Council is proud to give this award to Marie, who is as generous in sharing her enthusiasms as she is in creating marvelous designs,” said Papavasiliou. “She has shared the trials and successes of creating Beaver Lodge both with Landscaped Design Consultants and members of the Environmental Consultants Council, as well as students that convene on the property for intensive classes featuring innovative uses of native plant material, rain-garden construction, green roofs, vegetated walls, rainwater harvesting, and organic vegetable gardening.”

Stella’s work at Beaver Lodge evolved from years of teaching landscape design at the Landscape Institute (first when it was at Harvard University, then under the auspices of Boston Architectural College) and the New York Botanical Garden. A popular lecturer at Landscape Design School, Environmental Studies School, and garden clubs, she draws upon her garden-making experience and extensive travels, which include leading garden-history tours to Ireland, Italy and Japan.

After earning a BA and MA from Vassar College, Stella earned an MS from New York University and graduate certificates in landscape design and landscape-design history at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. Accredited in organic land care by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (commonly known as NOFA), Stella is a Master Gardener; a Master Consultant in LDC; and past president, Master Consultant, and school advisor for the Environmental Consultants Council. She is also affiliated with the New England Landscape Design and History Association, the Ecological Landscaping Association, and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.

Recipient of a Gold Medal from the New England Flower Show, Stella has exhibited at the NY Urban Center, the National Conference of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and University of Massachusetts’ “Greening the Valley: Sustainable Architecture in the Pioneer Valley.” Her installations have been featured in tours by The Garden Conservancy, The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and the National Solar Tour. Her work has reached a wider audience through programs on The Discovery Channel, Planet Green TV, and Renovation Nation and articles in Design New England Magazine.


The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts

Organized in 1963, the Landscape Design Council 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.

LDC members have completed Landscape Design School, 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