We were pleasantly surprised yesterday by one of our all-time favorite garden blog sites: GARDENISTA, with a feature about our project, Le Petit Chalet, in Southwest Harbor, Maine! Our work on this property has been an incredible highlight for our firm, and the list of people to recognize for their contributions is extensive. You can read more about the project by visiting the American Society of Landscape Architects, 2014 Professional Awards page. Thank you Michelle Slatalla for thoughtfully including our work on Gardenista—it is an honor to be on your radar!
This past November was filled with many exciting and memorable moments for MCLD, but the “cherry on the sundae” was having our 2014 ASLA Honor Award-winning Le Petit Chalet published in Landscape Architecture Magazine. I fondly reflect on times I spent in the W.E.B. DuBois Library at the University of Massachusetts, reading issue after issue of LAM from front to back. There was nothing quite like sitting up high above the Pioneer Valley on the 15th or 16th floor on a snowy afternoon, flipping through the pages and dreaming of one day being able to share one of my gardens with the world.
Over the summer, while dashing between job sites and client meetings throughout the northeast, I had the incredible opportunity to fulfill this dream with a meaningful collaboration involving Journalist and Designer, Jane Berger, and Managing Editor of LAM, Lisa Speckhardt. In early September Jane and I met in Maine to tour this Acadian treasure. It was a dazzling, sun-filled morning, and the property showed-off all of its remarkable qualities. Jane and I had spoken about the project a few times before, but it wasn’t until I was able to personally visit the garden with her that I could convey just how magical this place is…
LAM has captured the spirit of Le Petit Chalet in “Acadia Remaid.” Click the image below and enjoy!
It is with an overwhelming sense of humility that we announce our first professional Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects in their 2014 Professional Awards Program for “Le Petit Chalet” in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Today’s press announcement from the ASLA revealed a stellar list of 34 award-winning projects selected from more than 600 entries submitted by firms worldwide. Le Petit Chalet is no stranger to recognition; it received a 2011 International Gold Award from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, as well as a 2012 Merit Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. Of the 34 recipients, only 8 residential awards were given so to be recognized as one of the top residential projects from across the U.S. and around the world is beyond rewarding. The 2014 awards will be presented at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Denver on Monday, November 24th; and the October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) will also feature the winning projects. The competition for this recognition is tremendous, and I am grateful to the prestigious 2014 Jury for seeing the magic of this landscape in our submission.
This past weekend someone special said “if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I couldn’t agree more. For me, this project is an absolute reflection of this sentiment. The work we have completed at this property has been one of the most rewarding professional and personal experiences I have ever had, and to have it celebrated and shared with my peers, mentors, and collaborators is profound. There is an enormous list of people to thank for all of their hard work and dedication on this project, but I would be remiss if I forgot to thank our amazing client for giving us this wonderful opportunity, or to praise our friends at Gardenform Landscape Construction for their incredible commitment in helping to build this garden.
Congratulations to our fellow professional and student award-winners. We are honored to be in your company and cannot wait to celebrate with you all in Denver in November!
For those of you who may be in the Atlantic City, New Jersey area this coming Sunday, (or for those of you with a wild spirit of adventure that only a road trip can quench), come by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architect’s Conference to hear me speak about our firm’s past and present work! “Honoring Our Past Embracing Our Future” marks the fiftieth anniversary of the NJ ASLA, and I am incredibly honored to have been invited to be part of such an awesome event with an incredibly talented group of professionals.
My presentation will focus on the evolution of my practice, and this will be the first time I’ll be “unveiling” several images of many newly finished gardens here in the Boston area. Be sure to check out our website later this winter for lots of new updates!
Thank you NJ ASLA for including me in this fantastic celebration!