September Newsletter

Photo: Tom Wheaton

Photo: Tom Wheaton


Photo of the month

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Summer Nights’ (Zones 4-9; 3-4' H, 2-3' W)

Tom Wheaton:  "These tall but delicate beauties started blooming back in early July, and are still going strong despite our dire drought conditions here in Littleton, MA."

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Fall APLDNE Sponsored Events - a Two-part Series


Successfully Navigating Landscape Designs through the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act

In this two-part series of presentations, APLD New England chapter designers will share their experiences and insights into the process of securing approval for projects subject to review by local Conservation Commissions.

Assisting clients through the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act can advance the professionalism and expertise of your practice.  Don't miss this!

Part 1: "How to get started with your local Conservation Commission: What you need to know from a Conservation Agent's perspective."  (Thursday, October 20, 2016)

Presenters will identify those aspects of a project which are critical to WPA compliance, and detail how to properly prepare for the local & state review process.

 Part 2: "Two Case Studies, a Member Presentation"  (Wednesday, November 16, 2016)

Certified members Ellin Hanlon, APLD and Joyce K. Williams, APLD will each present a case study of a landscape project they designed that melded their clients' needs and desires for outdoor living spaces with what was not only acceptable to their local Conservation Commissions, but that heralded praise as projects that vastly improved current conditions, creating a win-win situation for their clients and the local ecosystems.

Events will be held at the Weston Public Library, 87 School Street, Weston, MA from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.  Events at the library are free and open to the public.  See also our "Upcoming Events" section below.

We'd Like to Hear From You!
Have a favorite standout plant for the coming month?  Something with big, beautiful blooms, fantastic foliage or killer color?  Please send a suggestion, along with a photo and/or a brief paragraph describing the qualities of that plant that have endeared it to you, for inclusion in our next newsletter.


The five New England chapter members identified below have received some of APLD's highest distinctions:  Designer of the Year awards for 2016.  These awards were formally presented at APLD's International Design Conference in Santa Fe last week.  More information, including images of the award-winning designs, can be found in the Fall 2016 issue of The Designer, APLD's quarterly publication, as well as on the designers' own websites.

Matthew Cunningham
Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, LLC

Cambridge Garden - Cambridge, MA

  • Residential Design over $100,000

Beacon Hill Courtyard - Boston, MA

  • Small Garden

Clamshell Alley - Lamoine, ME

  • Residential Design over $100,000

Katherine Field
Katherine Field and Associates

Bridge House - Jamestown, RI

  • Residential Design over $100,000

Hilarie Holdsworth
Walker Creek Garden Design

Sawyer Free Library - Gloucester, MA

  • Non-residential Design

Kimberly Mercurio
Kimberly Mercurio Landscape Architecture

Chatham Cottage - Chatham, MA

  • Residential Design over $100,000
  • Planting Design

Coastal Landscape - Orleans, MA

  • Residential Design over $100,000

Tom Wilhelm, APLD
a Blade of Grass

Woodland Retreat - Newton, MA

  • Residential Design over $100,000

If you or any APLDNE members you know have achieved a milestone, been profiled in local media or recognized with an award, please send us a notice for inclusion in our next newsletter.