October 2017


JOIN US atNew England Grows



The New England Chapter represents members from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. As the largest trade show in the area, attending New England Grows is a great way for you to connect with your fellow members while keeping up with the industry.

As in the past, our Annual Chapter Meeting will take place during the New England Grows Exposition. This year our meeting will feature an exciting talk titled "Romancing the Stone" by Dean Marsico and Derek Stearns. Dean and Derek, as they are known are second generation tradesmen with decades of experience in the stone industry. This talented duo has toured the country sharing their knowledge at trade shows, schools and conferences. They have appeared on the PBS  "Victory Garden" and have been featured in two succesful DIY Network TV shows, "Rock Solid" and "Indoors Out." You will not want to miss their presentation. Learn more Here

CHAPTER ANNUAL MEETING  Th, November 30, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, Rm 207



Our collective knowledge is extensive and as Kevin Kelly famously said " No one is as smart as everybody." We launch this section with some tips submitted by member Tish Campbell. She thought these tips learned at the July APLD Conference were "Good to Know."

  • NEED a native groundcover for dry, rocky soils? Warren Leach recommends Potentilla tridentata, three-leaved cinquefoil.
  • WANT to transplant polypody ferns? Place on boulder, cover with netting and cinch underneath to create an air-tight clump that will quickly adhere to the stone.
  • WANT to grow lichens on boulders? Attach with Elmers glue.
  • WANT to KEEP DEER OUT ?  According to Patrick Chasse, creating an invisible fence by laying chicken wire horizontally keeps deer out.  Deer dislike getting their hooves stuck in the mesh. His one caveat is that this strategy does not work as well in winter when snow covers the wire. Find out his placement strategies HERE.

Learned something new or have a tip to share?




Get to know our Platinum Sponsor:
Plymouth Quarries,LLC
410 Whiting Street, Rte.53
Hingham, MA

This year marks a new vision and mission for Plymouth Quarries and they invite APLD members to join them.  If you have been to Plymouth Quarries, you  may already know that they are the source for the famous Weymouth Granite used in Boston College, Yale University and hundreds of New England towns and churches. What you may not know is that they were purchased last year by the Bristol Family who also owns the nearby J.F. Price Quarry, and are now being managed by Derek Stearns and Dean Marsico.  They have been busy actively moving the company forward to make it a state of the art hardscape provider that meets the modern day needs of their clients.

According to Dean and Derek "Excellence in Stone Since 1915 is more than a slogan at Plymouth Quarries. It represents a pride of craft that has spanned generations of workers who love stone, stonework, and the process of creating every type of stone product."The new logo is based on an ancient stone marking called a "bench mark". This was the standard from which all points of a city or town were measured. It was the ultimate reference point and a ‘benchmark’ eventually became known as the standard for quality and accuracy. At Plymouth Quarries they strive to continue that time-honored tradition and work to deliver the very best stone products, serving as the premier benchmark against which all others are measured.

Today their team looks forward to continuing the innovation and excellence that has been their passion. They have a custom cutting shop with state of the art machinery, they offer consulting and design to assist on your project, and they have upgraded and expanded their showroom. Derek Stearns believes that, “the new space will provide a comfortable meeting place where designers, architects, builders, masons, and landscapers can meet with clients to find the right color and style stone for their project.” 

The staff at Plymouth Quarries is ready to work with you and are:

  • Bringing the newest stone products available worldwide into the local market
  • Offering entirely unique antique stone products from their extensive inventory
  • Continuing the craft with education for men and women in the masonry and landscape industries
  • Creating an internship program with local trade and vocational schools
  • Continuing to partner with designers, contractors, craftsmen and homeowners

They are excited about partnering with the New England Chapter of APLD as they embark on their next one hundred years. Call them or visit Plymouth Quarries to see the very best stone and landscape products for your clients.

Learn more HERE




A Way to Garden
A fascinating weekly podcast about current horticultural topics with New York based author Margaret Roach- Find out more HERE


Rutgers University Weed ID
A comprehensive list of images and information to help you name that weed. Click HERE 


Mount Cuba Research
Each year Mt. Cuba conducts comprehensive trials to evaluate native plants and related cultivars. Learn more about completed  and in progress research HERE


What's Out There- Guide to Boston's Landscapes
Explore Boston’s rich cultural landscape legacy with the  Cultural Landscapes Guide to Boston, The guide, optimized for iPhones and similar handheld devices, features 61 sites and 59 designer profiles, Read more HERE.

Do you have a favorite Resource to share? 





October 19, 2017          3:00-5:00 PM
Vectorworks Landmark User Group Meeting
Lexington, MA
Topic: The Site Plan
Click HERE  for the full schedule and to RSVP 


October 24, 2017.         10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Designing A Garden For All Seasons: Autumn Edition
How do you create an all-season garden that both captivates people and provides for wildlife year-round?  Read more HERE


November 1, 2017         8:00AM - 4:30 PM
ELA's Season End Summit: The Plant Pollinator Parternship
Four Pollinator Experts Share Research and Practical Tips.
Read more HERE


APLD New England Chapter Events at New England Grows

Boston Convention and Exibition Center      415 Summer Street


Wednesday, Nov 29th, 2017, 1:45 - 2:00 PM, Bight Ideas Center

It’s Good to Know: Advice & Thoughts about the latest trends and products in the Landscape Industry, Presented by Leisha Marcoccio, Principal & Lead Designer, Gardens by the Yard


Thursday, Nov 30, 2017,  11:00-12:30 PM, Room 207

Romancing the Stone, Presented by Dean Marsico and Derek Stearns, tradesmen, educators and stone experts. 


Friday, December 1, 2017,   2:00-3:00 PM, Ballroom West

CREATING GARDEN MOMENTUM, Presented by Matthew Cunningham, ASLA, Principal at  Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design.


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.