New England Chapter Website Re-launched
APLDNE.org redesigned and re-launched
After weeks of volunteer work, APLD's New England chapter website has been re-launched with a completely new look and updated features.
Leisha Marcoccio, together with chapter President Ruth Riske, collaborated on the new website.
Along with its fresh and contemporary design, the new website is device and screen size independent, presenting beautifully on desktop, tablets and smartphones.
The home page, now streamlined with a clean, modern layout, features a slideshow with images of completed gardens designed by chapter members. This section will be updated periodically. If you would like to see your own work included, or nominate a colleague, please contact our website editor.
The 'About' page includes our mission statement, as well as names, photos and contact links for all board officers and committee members.
On the 'Find a Designer' page is an alphabetical list of all current chapter members, including individual website and email links. Certified members appear in bold type.
The 'Sponsors' page contains links to the websites for all our current chapter sponsors. We are very grateful for their support, and hope you will support them in return!
'Events and News' provides a calendar of upcoming chapter events and an archive of links to past newsletters from both the New England chapter and APLD International, as well as designer and photo credits for the home page slideshow images.
The 'Resources' page, a new feature, serves as a repository for links to nonprofit associations of interest to members, and recommended reading.
If you have any feedback or suggestions regarding our chapter website, please send us a message.
We are seeking three current New England chapter members to volunteer as judges for the sixth annual APLDNE merit award at the Boston Flower & Garden Show this March.
Flower Show judges get to view the display gardens at their absolute freshest, and free from crowds. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity reserved for our chapter members!
To be eligible, you must be an APLD New England chapter member in good standing, and should not have served as an APLDNE Flower Show judge before.
All three panelists will need to be available on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 and meet at the Seaport World Trade Center, located at 200 Seaport Boulevard in South Boston. After picking up their badges, judges meet for a luncheon and briefing at noon. Judging will begin at 12:30 pm. Allow 3-4 hours to complete judging.
In addition, panelists will be responsible for capturing a photo of all three judges in (or in front of) the winning garden and forwarding it for use on the chapter website, email and social media, and forwarding the photo, along with the identity of the winning exhibitor, to our editors.
Please email Maria von Brincken at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP if you are interested in volunteering. Panelists will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis; there are only three spots available and they fill quickly!
July APLD Boston Conference Updates
Conference Committee volunteers are currently finalizing the program of speakers and topics for the 2017 Conference here in Boston.
Among the speakers we are very excited to present to APLD's international membership are Patrick Chasse, Matthew Cunningham, Travis Beck, Julie Moir Messervy and Peter DelTredici, to name just a few.
We have two panel discussions planned. One, entitled Expose Yourself!, focuses on how to get your work published regionally or nationally. Panelists will include nationally-known editing, photography, branding/market-ing and public relations professionals.
The second, Taking The Next Step - How and When to Grow, features the principal of a nationally-recognized design-only firm, the CEO of a design/build firm, an HR professional, and APLD’s National Director of Com-munications who will discuss the latest in social media platforms for promotion and marketing.
Final details are being ironed out for our two full days of garden tours in Boston and the western suburbs, along with a post-conference tour to Newport, RI with a private tour of the newly restored Olmsted Blue Garden.
We will also be visiting the former Olmsted home and offices at Fairsted in Brookline, along with an abutting tour of former Isabelle Stewart Gardner carriage house and gardens designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Gary Koller. So we’ll be seeing an array of spectacular in-town and estate gardens!
If you’re interested in volunteering and helping make our many APLD colleagues and fellow professionals feel welcome during their visit, we would love to hear from you!
We will be in need of greeters, event staffing, bus captains for tours, and other volunteers. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get to meet and connect with your peers in the profession. You can contact Ruth Riske at: email@example.com or Love Albrecht Howard at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Boston Conference is shaping up to be tremendous! We hope to have all of our New England chapter members join us!
Chapter Board Changes
At the New England chapter's annual meeting on December 1st, 2016, chapter elections were held.
Love Albrecht Howard, previously a Member-at large and currently serving on the Local Site Committee for the 2017 APLD Conference in Boston, was approved to fill the post of President-elect.
Nancy Lattanzio, currently a member of the Local Site Committee for the 2017 Conference, was confirmed as a Member-at-large.
Holly Samuels became the chapter's newest Member-at-large.
Members in the News
New England chapter members honored with Best of Houzz 2017 awards
At least twelve APLDNE members and affiliated firms are recipients of Best of Houzz 2017 awards.
Houzz is a web site and online community about architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement. The Houzz platform and mobile apps feature photos, articles, product recommendations, and a user forum. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Palo Alto, California.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.
- Amy Martin Landscape Design was awarded Best of Houzz 2017 in the categories of Design and Service.
- a Blade of Grass was awarded Best of Houzz 2017 in the category of Design.
- GroundSwell Designs was awarded Best of Houzz 2017 in the category of Service.
- Little Eden Gardens was awarded Best of Houzz 2017 in the category of Service.
- Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC was awarded Best of Houzz 2017 in the category of Design.
- New England Landscapes, Inc. was awarded Best of Houzz 2017 in the category of Design.
- Nilsen Landscape Design, LLC was awarded Best of Houzz2017 in the categories of Design and Service.
- Oak & Holly Garden Design was awarded Best of Houzz 2017 in the category of Design.
- Rue Sherwood Landscape Design was awarded Best of Houzz 2017 in the category of Service.
- Terrascapes Landscape Design was awarded Best of Houzz 2017 in the category of Design.
- Thomas Lynch Design was awarded Best of Houzz 2017 in the category of Service.
- Walker Creek Garden Design was awarded Best of Houzz 2017 in the category of Service.
Tom Wilhelm project featured in Traditional Home magazine
A back yard makeover designed by Tom Wilhelm, APLD of a Blade of Grass was the subject of an article in the February-March issue of Traditional Home.
Atypically for a family residence, Tom's clients requested a lawn-free garden for their new back yard--a request he was only too happy to accommodate.
The project encompassed replacement of an existing contractor-style deck with a sheltered one of mahogany, a natural stone outdoor fireplace adjacent to a new bluestone terrace, and fieldstone paths winding through lush plantings and around a new pond.
Full of new wildlife habitat and secluded spaces, the garden is described by the clients' children as a "mini adventure park."
A slideshow with the photos and text of the article is available to read online here.
If you or any APLDNE member you know has achieved a milestone, been profiled in local media or recognized with an award, please send us a notice for inclusion in our next newsletter.