LDC Awards at the Boston Flower & Garden Show - 2017

Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts Bestows

Three Awards on 2017 Boston Flower & Garden Show Exhibitors

BOSTON, MA—March 21, 2017—The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts presented three awards at the 2017 Boston Flower & Garden Show. The winners are Heimlich’s Nurseries and Maine Stoneworks LLC. The theme of this year’s show, which officially opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday, is “Superheroes of the Garden.”


The LDC panel of judges was made up of Regina Hajjar and Mary Ann Pappanikou of Weston MA and Frances Y J Wheeler of West Boxford MA. Maria Fredericks of Jamaica Plain MA supported the panel as clerk.


Stonework in the Midst of Woodland Glade Conjures Fairies’ Domain

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 of less than 1,000 square feet; Landscape Design Award II is given for the effective use of garden ornaments, water features, specimen trees, or topiary in creating good design. Both were awarded to the Maine Stoneworks’ exhibit, which honored Tinkerbell and the Disney-created “world of Pixie Hollow, and all the storybook heroes who live there.”


The impressive exhibit featured a magnificent dry-stone hut with evergreen-branch roof, set in an expanse of moss edged with moss-covered logs and evoking a woodland glade. Clumps of flowering plants, resembling patches of woodland wildflowers, softened the stone found in hut, curved path, and decorative elements. The LDC judges admired the exhibit’s handiwork, cohesive design, and lovely plants.


Honoring a Superhero of the New England Green Industry

Landscape Design Award I, bestowed by the LDC for excellence in landscape design of a professional garden exhibit, was presented to Heimlich’s Nurseries, which chose a more down-to-earth “superhero” to honor: company founder Alexander I. Heimlich, Sr. As an exhibitor at the Boston show from 1933 to 1986, he received countless gold medals and nine President’s Cups for his designs, which “nearly always included a rock garden and a water feature along with many miniature bulbs and hardy New England plant material in a simple woodland setting that was painstakingly designed not to look designed.”


True to the designer who inspired it, the exhibit featured a bubbling waterfall, adorned with mossy accents, posed against a backdrop of specimen trees and approached by a lovely stone path. Beautifully cultivated plants in lovely hues made the exhibit a feast for eyes grown weary of wintry landscapes.


Show attendees may view the award-winning exhibits, as well as many other landscape, educational, and horticultural offerings, from March 22 to 26 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Show hours, ticket information, and directions are available at www.bostonflowershow.com.


(To see more images of the winning exhibits, go to https://ldcma.shutterfly.com/pictures/91.)


About the Winners

Heimlich’s Nurseries of Woburn is a third-generation family-owned and -operated business. Through its garden center and greenhouse, it provides customers with local horticultural knowledge, high-quality plants, and design experience to help make homes and businesses more appealing. For more information, visit http://www.heimlichs.com.


Maine Stonework, LLC (www.mainestonework.com) of Kennebunkport ME is owned by Brian Fairfield, who has been working with stone for more than 16 years. During that time, he has become an advanced craftsman with the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain and has enjoyed working with some of the best craftsmen in the world. He and his fellow wallers seek to educate the public on the proper methods of dry-stone walling and its endless possibilities.


The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts

Organized in 1963, the Landscape Design Council (www.ldcma.org) 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