LDC Executive Board Elections - 2011

Joan Butler Elected Chairman of Massachusetts Landscape Design Council


Executive Board Also Elected at Annual Meeting

Of Country’s Largest Landscape Design Council


Wellesley Hills, MA—May 25, 2011—The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts today announced that its membership elected Joan Butler of Holliston chairman at the 2011 annual meeting, held earlier this month in Quincy. With approximately 250 members, the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council is the largest state Council in the country.


A professional horticulturist who has worked for many years at Weston Nurseries, one of the Northeast’s oldest and best-known nurseries, Butler previously served as vice chairman and programs chairman of the Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts, and has also been the organization’s recording secretary. She is a gardening columnist for the Holliston Reporter and the Holliston Tab.


“Through a combination of educational programming and the generosity of our professional members, the Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts offers novices a strong landscape-design foundation that they can bring to bear on civic projects that enhance their local communities,” said Butler. “Both seasoned designers and novices benefit from the fascinating lectures, unique tours of interesting landscapes and private gardens, and informal information-sharing. I’m proud to be elected chairman of such a vibrant and useful organization.”


A National Garden Clubs, Inc.-certified landscape design consultant and gardening consultant, Butler is also an accredited flower-show judge. She is civic development chairman for both the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc., and the New England Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc., and sits on the Federation’s Civic Development and Historic Preservation Grants Committee, which has awarded thousands of dollars in grants to garden clubs for community-level projects. She is past president of the Holliston Garden Club.


Butler earned a bachelor of arts degree in geology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a member of the New England Hosta Society.


Executive Board Also Elected at Annual Meeting


Other officials elected at the Landscape Design Council annual meeting include Else N. “TInka” Zeitvogel of Weston, vice chairman and programs; Kassie Kattwinkel of Lexington, recording secretary; Virginia R. Leonard of Dover, corresponding secretary; Georgia C. Papavasiliou of Holliston, treasurer; and Joyce L. Bakshi of Andover, nominating and member-at-large.


About 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 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 landscaping projects of municipal buildings and other public areas in their cities and towns. A significant number have gone on to earn certificates in landscape design, or Master’s degrees in landscape architecture, and to establish their own landscape-design 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