LDC Award for Excellence - 2010

Massachusetts Landscape Designer Heidi Kost-Gross Wins 2010 Landscape Design Council Award


Award Announced at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the
Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts;

Honoree Is Natural Resources Commissioner for the Town of Wellesley


MANSFIELD, MA—May 28, 2010—The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts announced today that Heidi Kost-Gross, landscape designer and Natural Resources Commissioner for the town of Wellesley, is the recipient of the 2010 Landscape Design Council Award for Excellence, given in recognition of outstanding civic accomplishment.


“Heidi Kost-Gross has been a tireless and effective contributor to the Landscape Design Council,” said Joan Butler, LDC vice chairman, who presented the award at the annual meeting of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM), held here Wednesday. “She is past chairman of the GCFM’s Landscape Design Study Program. Her leadership and talents are valued assets to many groups.”


A landscape architect more than 15 years, Kost-Gross is principal of G/S Associates. In addition to being a practicing landscape designer and an elected town official, Kost-Gross serves as president of the New England Landscape Design and History Association (NELDHA) and is first vice president of the GCFM. In 2010 she finishes a three-year term on the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Board of Trustees. She is a member of the NE Farm and Garden Association, Inc.


Kost-Gross earned graduate certificates in Landscape Design History and Landscape Design from the Radcliffe Seminars of Harvard University (now the Landscape Institute of the Boston Architectural College). She has been awarded four Gold Medals from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.


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.


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