LDC Awards for Excellence - 2008

Marion Ryan Wins Landscape Design Council’s Award for Excellence


Promoter of Landscape-Design Education and Civic Development Is

Honored at Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts’ 2008 Annual Meeting


LEOMINSTER, MA—May 27, 2008—The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts today announced that it has presented the Landscape Design Council Award for Excellence to Marion Ryan in recognition of her outstanding civic accomplishment. Ryan has a long history of promoting landscape-design education and civic participation, from the local community to national level.


Ryan is the landscape design chairman for National Garden Clubs (NGC), Inc. Her committee oversees NGC’s educational program in landscape design, with courses in all 50 states and Latin America. Recently she was elected alternate to the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM) northeast regional director, and she also serves as an advisor to the Massachusetts LDC board.


“Marion’s leadership has been constant, and her experience is invaluable to us,” said Adriana F. M. O’Sullivan, LDC chairman, who presented Ryan with the award at the annual meeting of the GCFM, held here May 22. “She quietly participates in all our activities, and we can turn to her for advice at any time—she always responds with kindness, honesty, and grace. She is an inspiration to us, above all constantly encouraging us to participate in our communities with civic-beautification projects.”


Ryan’s credentials include a long history of service to regional, state, and national organizations. She is past president of the GCFM, past chairman of the Massachusetts LDC, past chairman of the Landscape Design Study Program in Massachusetts, and past president of the Community League Garden Club of Weston. She has served as assistant treasurer of the Massachusetts LDC.


In addition to a certificate commemorating her award, Ryan received a check for $250.00 to be made out to any public landscape project of her choosing.


The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts


Organized in 1963, LDC of Massachusetts operates under the auspices of NGC and is a special-subjects group of the GCFM. 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