Photo: Thomas Wheaton
Photo of the month
The "Devil's Kitchen" area of the Marginal Way recreation path in Ogunquit, Maine as photographed on July 20. APLD New England chapter member Thomas Lynch, in a project funded by a private abutter, redesigned a portion of the public lands surrounding the walkway (The project was featured in our August, 2015 newsletter.)
Lynch's plan for the area included removal of invasive, introduced species and deteriorating slate hardscaping and their replacement with native plant material and locally-sourced granite paving.
Species were carefully vetted for their ability to withstand salt spray, high winds and occasional foot traffic as well as their ability to support local fauna. Several distinct plant communities are hosted within the section involved. Asclepias tuberosa, Schizachyrium scoparium and Denn-staedtia punctilobula predominate, with serviceberries, black chokeberries and highbush blueberries providing structural counterpoints.
Now in its second season, the new garden has won official designation by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat®.
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Local Site Committee reviewing conference theme, tours, events
The chapter's Local Site Committee is currently reviewing member submissions regarding the theme, speakers & topics, and possible venues for garden tours for next year's APLD annual conference, to be hosted in Boston.
Details of the conference program will be shared in upcoming editions of this newsletter.
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Members in the News
Tom Wilhelm receives Chapter Service Award
Tom Wilhelm, APLD of Wayland, MA-based a Blade of Grass has been selected to receive APLD's annual Chapter Service Award for 2016.
Official presentation of the award will take place at this year's APLD conference in Santa Fe, NM.
In addition to being a past Co-president of the New England chapter, Tom has supported APLDNE's activities with his service as CEU coordinator, New England Grows liaison, sponsorship chair and member garden tour organizer, to name just some of the hats he has worn over the past decade-plus.
Tom is currently one of the 3 members of the Local Site Committee helping organize next year's APLD International Landscape Design Conference, which is to be held in Boston from July 13-17, 2017.
Please give Tom your congratulations on his years of commitment to building a thriving APLD New England chapter!
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