LDC Awards - 2009

Massachusetts Landscape Designer and Garden Club Win 2009 Landscape Design Council Awards


Honors for Landscape Designer Lucia Droby of COGdesign

And the Holliston Garden Club Are Announced at the 82nd

Annual Meeting of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts


WESTFORD, MA—June 4, 2009—The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts announced today that Lucia Droby, executive director of COGdesign, is the recipient of the 2009 Landscape Design Council Award for Excellence, given in recognition of outstanding civic accomplishment. In addition, LDC announced that the Holliston Garden Club won the 2009 Landscape Design Council Award Certificate for outstanding accomplishment in the field of landscape design.


“Through her dedication to COGdesign and its mission, Lucia Droby has helped bring the benefits of effective landscape design to a variety of communities throughout Massachusetts, thereby improving the life of many citizens, particularly those who have traditionally been underserved,” said Adriana O’Sullivan, immediate past LDC chairman, who presented the awards at the annual meeting of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM), held here today. “Likewise, the Holliston Garden Club has enhanced daily life in its community, turning an eyesore into an attractive and educational landscape,” said Sullivan.


Landscape Designer Lucia Droby and COGdesign


As executive director of COGdesign, Lucia Droby oversees the organization’s pro bono landscape design services. COGdesign is a catalyst for the installation and ongoing stewardship of beautiful, safe, and useful public green spaces in underserved communities. The organization has completed more than 80 landscape design projects in eastern Massachusetts, partnering with public and private schools, neighborhood parks, “friends” groups, churches, municipal agencies, historic sites, and community gardens. (For more information about COGdesign, visit www.cogdesign.org.)


Droby herself has initiated a variety of community projects, including schoolyard gardens in Boston and Brookline. She won a design competition for the Memorial Garden of the Old North Church in Boston, and her plan was subsequently installed.


A former board member of Halls Pond Nature Sanctuary in Brookline and of the Boston Greenspace Alliance, she has worked for 20 years as a video-journalist and produced the award-winning documentary about trees in the urban environment, “Who Cares For the Trees?”


In 2006, Droby won a Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Trustees for “outstanding service to society by providing landscape design services to under-resourced communities.” She earned a certificate in landscape design from the Landscape Institute of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (formerly known as the Radcliffe Seminars). She resides in Waltham.


Holliston Garden Club & Recycling Center


The Holliston Garden Club won the 2009 Landscape Design Council Award Certificate for landscaping the entrance to its town’s Marshall Street Recycling Center. Working with the selectmen, the highway and water departments, and the town youth, the club created a landscape that enhances the woodland setting of the site, uses sustainable plant choices, and emphasizes the use of native plants.


“The entrance to the Holliston Recycling Center was an unattractive site on an otherwise lovely tree-lined, stone-walled country road used by hundreds of people every week. Mounds of recycled waste, compost, shrubs, and stored materials were readily visible from the street,” said O’Sullivan. “The Holliston Garden Club created a landscape that looks like an extension of the woodlands that border the site, choosing plants that both screen unattractive views and provide visual interest every season of the year.”


The club selected plants that require little water after they are established and that are deer-resistant. The design emphasized native plants because of their adaptability and suitability to the site and because many of these plants provide food and shelter for wildlife.


Native plants incorporated into the design include Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’ (summersweet), Halesia carolina (silverbell), Hypericum ‘Hidcote’ (St. John’s Wort), Ilex verticillata (winterberry), Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire), Lindera benzoin (Northern spicebush), and Rhododendron arborescens (fragrant azalea). To support the educational aspect of the planting, the club created a brochure with a map of the site and descriptions of all the plants. The brochures are available at the recycling center and the water department, and the club distributes them at events it sponsors.


More information about the project is available at http://www.hollistongardenclub.org/community_02a.html.


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