If you have an opportunity to pick up the current issue of New England Home magazine, take a look at the beautiful story about our Brattle Street Garden by Kyle Hoepner and Megan Fulweiler, featuring photos by Laura Moss and yours truly! The piece captures the essence of our design collaboration with architect Adolfo Perez and interior designer Manuel de Santaren. The landscape, built by Martin Lucyk Landscape Construction, boasts custom-designed, minimalist-inspired elements that complement the home’s exquisite craftsmanship, by S+H Construction. MCLD thanks all of it’s partners and collaborators who helped make this property shine, and most importantly, we thank our clients, whose elevated tastes pushed us each to craft spaces that fully reflect your exceptional sense of style. Last but not least, thank you NEH for the press!
It is with tremendous pride and genuine humility that I announce Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design has been named the 2017 Designer of the Year by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers!
As many of our clients, collaborators, friends, and followers know, we have been loyal supporters of the APLD and its mission for many years. The international organization works tirelessly to advance the profession by promoting landscape designers and their works worldwide. There has never been a more critically important time to embrace the relationships people share with the built and natural environment, and I am so grateful for organizations like the APLD who are out there celebrating, protecting, and promoting the invaluable contributions that landscape design professionals make!
MCLD has received a total of 15 awards from the APLD. However, this year’s wins are especially meaningful because the two projects being celebrated mark fulfilling collaborations with Jen Stephens, one of MCLD’s talented senior associates. The work we completed together at both the Waban Hillside and the Brookline Residence represent my whole team’s unparalleled commitment to work with our clients to build gardens that embrace their individual property’s unique ecologies, that enhance their personal connections to their land, and that grasp the dynamic rhythms of everyday life.
And, as if this news wasn’t already over the top, the 2017 APLD conference is right here in Boston. We can’t wait to attend and look forward to celebrating this accomplishment with everyone right here in our own back yard!
Thank you APLD, and thank you to our clients and collaborators who help us do what we love every single day.
We may be bracing ourselves for a huge snowstorm this coming week, but MCLD started spring 2017 off with a big bang this past Thursday night! More than two years ago when we began the exhausting search for our new office space, hosting parties like this was only a dream… So, when the opportunity to hold our first networking event at our studio with New England Home Magazine presented itself, we jumped! We also flew into an immediate frenzy to put art up on the walls. 🙂
The night was a huge success! Botanical artist Marc Hall created the most spectacular custom arrangements and the air was perfumed with the sweet scent of Jasmine and Narcissus. One of our favorite landscape lighting consultants, Dave Balkema of Shadows and Light, spent hours placing and wiring whimsical paper lanterns that created an incredible soft glow throughout the space all night long. Delicious food and cocktails prepared by Revolution Catering were an enormous highlight of the night. Their charcuterie table was beautiful, and I dare say everyone at the party could have made a meal out of their incredible variety of tasty seasonal hors d’oeuvres.
A silent auction was held for for an amazing piece of custom art created in a joint collaboration between the owners of Loki Furniture, Jamie Cumming and Elizabeth Mearkle Cumming. The proceeds of the winning bid will support the Natural Resource Support Council, a non-profit organization devoted to fighting climate change and safeguarding the earth – its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.
It means so much to have seen so many familiar and new faces, and we are thrilled that more than 100 people dropped by to enjoy the night. Thank you New England Home for your wonderful support, and thank you team-MCLD for helping to coordinate such a fun evening!
On Friday afternoon, Team MCLD took a short, but much needed, break to celebrate the warm weather and to say “bon voyage” to our own Julia Rose Sim. Julia Rose is heading to Europe this fall to pursue a master’s degree at University College of London. To mark the occasion, we knew we had to give her a proper send off, so we set sail on the 90-year-old, National Historic Landmark schooner “Adventure,” to watch the sun set over Gloucester Harbor. It was a dazzling night filled with food, drinks, fun, and laughter. This was everyone’s first time on this ship, but I don’t think it will be the last.
All of us here at MCLD are grateful for your contributions, Julia Rose, and we’re sad to see you go. The office won’t be the same, and neither will the UK. Don’t forget to visit us all when you come home. 🙂
We are excited to share that we have been nominated for a 2016 BONS (Best of North Shore) Award by Northshore Magazine! Congratulations also goes out to many of our friends and peers who have also been nominated. Voting is officially open to the public until August 1, so if you’re willing to cast a vote for us, we’d really love to add this accolade to our list! Best of luck to everyone who was nominated, and thank you Northshore Magazine!
To vote, please click HERE and navigate to the “Outdoors” section, then make your way to the Landscape Architect list.
After many years in the making, we invite you to visit our brand new website, featuring hundreds of high-resolution photographs of our award-winning residential gardens! Since 2004, MCLD LLC has created lush, vibrant landscapes throughout the Northeast. Our unique understanding of what it means to live in seasonal New England drives our environmentally distinctive approach. Our patron-focused process is dedicated to creating and implementing meaningful, authentic design solutions that grow directly from the geometry and materiality of our clients’ homes. Our plant-centeric projects strengthen the connections between interior and exterior spaces, bridge indoor and outdoor lifestyles, and grasp the dynamic rhythms of everyday life.
Whether this is your first time visiting our site, or you frequent our online materials regularly, we hope you find lots of inspiration to help you create a little oasis of your own!
We are so incredibly proud to share that MCLD has won three more awards from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers in their 2016 International Landscape Design Awards Program!!! These awards mark a total of twelve awards we’ve received from this incredible organization—and every single one is as meaningful as the next. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but I am completely humbled to receive so much support from the APLD. It is such an honor to have our work out there to help promote the valuable contributions that landscape designers make throughout the international design community.
This year’s prestigious judging panel was composed of well-known experts in the field: Carolyn Mullet of Carex Design and the host of one of the World’s most popular gardening Facebook pages: Garden Design by Carolyn Mullet; educator, designer, and presenter, Greg Pierceall; and the esteemed garden designer Julie Moir Messervy, of the Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio. We will be attending the APLD International Design Conference this year in Sante Fe and we can’t wait to connect with everyone to celebrate!
Our two Gold Award winners this year are “Beacon Hill Courtyard” located in Boston, Massachusetts, crafted by R.P. Marzilli Landscape Construction of Medway, MA, and the “Cambridge Garden” located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, built by Martin Lucyk Landscape Construction of Acton, MA. Last but certainly not least is our Silver Award winner, “Clamshell Alley” located in Lamoine, Maine, built by Atlantic Landscape Construction.
The success of each one of these projects relies completely on the support and trust from our amazing clients who give us these amazing opportunities to collaborate with them on such meaningful spaces.
Congratulations goes to our peers who also won awards in this year’s Awards Program! We look forward to meeting you all and celebrating together in New Mexico this fall. Thank you so much APLD for recognizing our work again this year!!!
After 13 months of occasionally grueling searching, designing, re-designing, and constructing, I am excited to share that we officially have a new permanent home. We finished our move this week into an amazing brand new studio space at 411 Main Street in Stoneham Center!
A tremendous amount of passion has gone into this project, and we could have never done this without support from a lot of people. Our new space features many state-of-the-art amenities, but if there’s one thing we can say with absolute certainty, it’s that we are going to put it to excellent use developing new and even more innovative landscapes for our clients!
Stay tuned for future events where we will invite friends to celebrate the next decade and beyond at MCLD!
It’s a rare moment these days when our whole office is able to be in the same place at the same time. So, in an effort to connect, we closed shop this past Friday and spent the day together touring some of our favorite MCLD projects throughout the Boston Metro area. For some, it was their first visit in person to these gardens, and for others, it was a chance to share the firm’s work with the rest of the team. We explored ideas and details that distinguish our landscapes from other designers, and used the opportunity to discuss how we can better refine our craft for future clients.
Together, we visited eleven gardens located throughout Brookline, Newton, Cambridge, and Belmont. The tour included projects of all shapes, sizes, and budgets, from a historic, four-acre estate where we recently completed a complex pond restoration, to an elaborate dream home complete with a tennis court, swimming pool, and private golf green. We meandered through properties with brand new, custom contemporary homes that incorporate environmentally-sophisticated design concepts, and also marveled at gardens we’ve completed around spectacularly restored, 100-plus-year-old homes in some of Boston’s most celebrated historic neighborhoods.
It was an amazing way to share a gorgeous summer day with my team, and I’m already thinking about the next outing. Thank you so much to all of our wonderful clients who graciously extended their homes and gardens for our visit—this was an incredibly proud moment for me, and I am so pleased to see how each and every one of your properties is evolving!
We don’t frequently have many opportunities to design landscapes with tennis courts, but for our Valentine Park project in West Newton, we pulled out all the stops…
We are very proud to announce that the project has been named “2014 Facility-of-the-Year” in the Residential Tennis Court category by the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA). The extensive list of collaborators for this project includes LDa Architects, Wellen Construction, Phil Mastroianni Landscape Construction, and Boston Tennis Court. I would be remiss not to mention the beautiful fence and pergola installation completed by Walpole Woodworkers. Thanks also to Roome & Guarracino, LLC, Columbia Design Group, Snelling and Hamel Associates, Nina Farmer Interiors, Maverick Home Integration, and Michael Lee Photography for each of your contributions to the project.