LDC Award for Excellence - 2006

Paul Rogers Wins Landscape Design Council’s Award for Excellence


Horticulture and Arboriculture Consultant, Educator, Radio

Host, and Columnist Honored for His Outstanding Civic

Accomplishments and Contributions to Horticultural Education


WAKEFIELD, MA—June 7, 2006—The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts today presented its Landscape Design Council Award for Excellence to horticulturist and educator Paul Rogers in recognition of outstanding civic accomplishment. A renowned horticultural consultant, arboriculture expert, educator, radio host, and columnist, Rogers is the proprietor of Stonehedge Garden Greenhouses in Charlton, Massachusetts.


“The Landscape Design Council only offers this award to people in the field who truly deserve recognition, and Paul Rogers more than qualifies,” said Adriana F. M. O’Sullivan, LDC vice chairman, who presented Rogers with the award at the annual meeting of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, held here today. “Of all Paul’s accomplishments in the field of landscape design and horticulture, the most significant from the point of view of the Landscape Design Council is the horticultural knowledge that he has passed along to countless gardeners over the years and continues to share with eager students.”


LDC Awardee is Multifaceted


In his role as horticultural consultant, Rogers advises on a wide range of projects for institutions such as Old Sturbridge Village, municipalities such as Worcester’s Municipal Park and recreation facilities, and numerous residential properties. As an educator, he lectures at the Landscape Institute (formerly the Radcliffe Seminars Graduate Program in Landscape Design), the Arnold Arboretum, and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He also teaches at the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts’ Landscape Design School and Gardening Study School, where he is a great favorite with students.


For twenty years Rogers served as the landscape superintendent at Holy Cross, whose campus is a registered arboretum that has won national landscaping awards. He is past chairman of the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, past president of the Worcester County Horticultural Society (which awarded him a Director’s Silver Medal), and past president of the Horticultural Club of Boston.


Rogers hosts a weekly radio show on WTAG AM 580 and writes two weekly columns for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. He earned degrees at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts and at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts.


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