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Massachusetts Environmental Collaborative Meeting, 2014

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The Fall 2014 Massachusetts Environmental Collaborative Meeting - Monday October 20
Speaker: Senator Stan Rosenberg, the next Senate President.
Thank you to New England Wild Flower Society for hosting us at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.

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Landscape Design Council Awards Mass Hort Exhibit at Flower Show

Landscape Design Council Awards 2015 Boston Flower & Garden Show Exhibitors

BOSTON, MA--March 10, 2015--The Landscape Design Council (LDC) of Massachusetts presented three awards at the 2015 Boston Flower & Garden Show, which officially opens today. Winners of the awards are the Massachusetts Horticultural Society; Miskovsky Landscaping and Haskell Nursery; and Magma Design Group, Inc.

The LDC panel of judges was made up of LDC board members Jana Milbocker of Holliston MA, Mary Bowen Nokes of Lexington MA, and Frances Y J Wheeler of West Boxford MA. Linda Corapi of Stoneham MA served as clerk.

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Enchanting Woodland Walk

The LDC's Emily Seaber Parcher Award is given for excellence in landscape design of a naturalistic garden of less than 1,000 square feet. "An Enchanted New England Woodland Walk," the winning exhibit by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, transitioned from a rustic backyard seating area into a woodland filled with interesting plants, a vernal pool, stone walls, and the occasional whimsical woodland dweller.

Much Beauty in Little Space

Landscape Design Award I, bestowed by the LDC for excellence in landscape design of a professional garden exhibit, was presented to an exhibit presented jointly by Miskovsky Landscaping and Haskell Nursery. Designed to show that one doesn’t need a large space to create a beautiful garden, the exhibit included 100 plant varieties exhibiting varying forms, textures, and colors; stone pathways with a 6’-wide granite waterwheel fountain; and a resting area festooned--and roofed--with plants.

Water from Stone

Landscape Design Award II, given to a Boston Flower & Garden Show exhibitor for the effective use of garden ornaments, water features, specimen trees, or topiary in creating good design, was awarded to Magma Design Group, Inc., for the exhibit “Feathers and Wedges.” The exhibit’s intent was to “celebrate working with stone in unique and artful ways.” Designed to demonstrate wall building, stone shaping, and granite splitting, the exhibit also included finished stone pieces, including a stunning arch that dripped water from the top, creating a curtain of droplets in front of a vertical backdrop of ferns.

Flower-show attendees may view the award-winning exhibits, as well as the many other landscape exhibits admired by the LDC judges, from March 11 to 15 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Show hours, ticket information, and directions are available at www.bostonflowershow.com.

About the Winners

Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (www.masshort.org), headquartered at Elm Bank in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.

Miskovsky Landscaping (www.miskovskylandscaping.com) of Falmouth, Massachusetts, is headed by Paul Miskovksy, who blends an extensive knowledge of plants with the ability to sculpt landscapes using powerful machinery. A 1984 graduate in commercial floriculture from UMASS Stockbridge, Miskovsky has been practicing his craft for approximately 30 years. Haskell Nursery (www.haskellnursery.com) in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, is headed by well-known plantsman David Haskell.

Headquartered in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, Magma Design Group (www.magmadesigngroup.com) designs and constructs landscapes that offer fresh perspectives, solve problems, and meet budgetary needs. Each project begins with an understanding of the environmental, cultural, and historical conditions of a site, and the needs of the client. Design solutions are considered within the context of sustainable design and construction practices with the goal of creating a landscape that blends seamlessly into the environment.

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. 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 the Landscape Design Study Program, contact program chairman Maureen O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-407-006. For more information about LDC, contact chairman Tinka Zeitvogel at 781-237-7299 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly not as poisonous as once feared

David Fiske, gardens curator of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society is quoted in this story about poinsettias, mistletoe and holly.

Parents have long worried that three of the most popular plants decorating American homes during the Christmas season — mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias — are poisonous, and can even be deadly if ingested. Relax, just a little: New medical evidence suggests these fears are exaggerated.

Read the full story in the Boston Globe

'Snow Village' at Elm Bank a new holiday must-see

By Sue Scheible of the Patriot Ledger.

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society has a new holiday special through Dec. 14 at its annual Festival of Lights at Elm Bank Reservation in Wellesley.

The Snow Village is an elaborate and magical creation including trains, village scenes with moving children, skaters and other characters, Santa climbing a ladder, and Boston scenes including a model of Fenway Park.

This isn't just for kids -- groups of seniors have been coming to see it also on days when it normally would be closed. A group from Milton Elderly Housing is scheduled to visit next week.

(read the full article)

All America Selections Announces the First Vegetatively Propagated AAS Winners

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – November 12, 2014 – After more than eighty years of trialing only seed-propagated varieties, All-America Selections (AAS) began trialing vegetatively propagated varieties early this year. With the 2014 trial season now completed, AAS is pleased and honored to grant the AAS Winner status to two impatiens that performed exceptionally well in the AAS container trials for vegetatively propagated annuals.

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