LDC Awards at the Boston Flower & Garden Show - 2019

Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts Bestows Three Awards on 2019 Boston Flower & Garden Show Exhibitors

 BOSTON, MA—Tuesday, March 12, 2019—The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts today presented three awards at the 2019 Boston Flower & Garden Show. The winners are Samantha’s Gardens Inc., Paul Massad Landscaping LLC, and Interiors by MS. The theme of this year’s show, which officially opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday, is “The Beauty of Balance.”

The LDC panel of judges was made up of Regina Hajjar of Weston MA, Mary Bowen Nokes of Lexington MA, and Frances Y J Wheeler of West Boxford MA.

Escape to Nature

The LDC’s Emily Seaber Parcher Award is given to a Boston Flower & Garden Show exhibit for excellence in landscape design of a naturalistic garden. The judges chose Samantha’s Gardens Inc’ “Escape to Nature” for its woodland setting with babbling brook threading through mossy boulders and occasionally strewn with birch logs. A large, rustic summer house, constructed of rough-hewn logs and hung with graceful sheer panels, overlooked the brook. The approach to the structure was a wide path of stones set in moss.

Working with Nature

Landscape Design Award I, bestowed by the LDC for excellence in landscape design of a professional garden exhibit, was presented to Paul Massad Landscaping LLC for “Working with Nature.” The exhibit’s entrance was marked with a granite post, and a lovely stone patio led the eye to a low waterfall fronted with painted Japanese ferns. The judges admired the exhibit’s balanced asymmetry, beautiful stonework, and choice of plants. Attention to detail, such as moss tucked into the crevices between the boulders and tree trunks that framed the exhibit, made it look as though it had been long established rather than just recently installed.

The Teahouse

Landscape Design Award II is given for the effective use of garden ornaments, water features, specimen trees, or topiary in creating good design. The judges chose Interiors by MS’ “The Teahouse,” not only for its elegant namesake, complete with thematic furnishings, including ceramic vessels and seats carved from blocks of wood, but also for the teahouse’s setting in a tree-studded moss garden. A perfect rectangular pool, cut into the moss and enlivened by swimming koi, graced one side of the teahouse.

About the Winners

Samantha’s Gardens (https://samanthasgardens.com/), Andover MA, offers a full range of landscape design services, including master planning, site design, planting, lighting design, and construction documents. The company strives to provide innovative high-quality designs that fulfill clients’ outdoor living needs; to develop attractive, transitional year-long designs; and to create a harmonious relationship between site and structure.

Paul Massad Landscaping LLC (http://paulmassadlandscaping.com/), Boylston MA, is a comprehensive design build company offering landscape construction services throughout New England. With the goal of building practical, economical projects with character and charisma, the team of designers, site operators, masons, and nurserymen leverage existing land and develop cohesive designs for clients’ architectural elements, making use of reclaimed stone, specimen plant material, and responsible landscape products.

Interiors by MS (http://www.studioidecor.com/), Lakeville MA, offers design services individually tailored to meet each client’s needs, style and budget. The designers fully manage each project from concept through completion, working with a team of highly skilled craftsman and using their extensive expertise and experience from lighting and custom design through to artwork selection and styling. They believe a great spaces combine texture, old and new, high and low, traditional and modern, with a touch of nature.

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 School (LDS), 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