Imagine our complete surprise this morning to hear that Ocean Home Magazine has named MCLD as one of the Top Landscape Architecture Firms of 2016! We are very honored to be recognized alongside so many incredible design firms! If you happen to be passing through the pages of the 2016 April/May Issue, you’ll see one of Le Petit Chalet’s reclaimed granite terraces included in a story by writer Mary Grauerholz beginning on page 46. “Breathing Space” includes an interview with yours truly discussing how “the once humble outdoor patio is now a seamless extension of a home’s interior.” Thanks so much Mary and Ocean Home for this great exposure!
We are delighted to share that two of our recently completed gardens, “Waban Hillside” and “Cambridge Garden,” are on display in the 2016 March/April issue of New England Home magazine! “A Little Piece of Paradise” provides a sneak peek of a great new contemporary garden we’ve created right outside of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts—A collaboration with Anmahian Winton Architects, SeaDAR, and Martin Lucyk Landscape Construction. Our work at the Waban Hillside—A collaboration with Eck MacNeely Architects, Jennifer Palumbo Interior Design, Wellen Construction, and Paragon Landscape Construction, can be seen in this year’s Special Focus section of the magazine. For those of us who are tired of this winter-like weather, it is well-worth picking up a copy of the magazine to get yourself excited about the summer of 2016!
We are beyond excited to announce that MCLD has won a 2016 Best of Boston Home award for being one of the top landscape architecture firms in the region! Thank you Boston Home Magazine for this awesome honor, and congratulations to all of this year’s winners! We are filled with pride to see so many of our collaborators on the list, and feel quite humbled to be in such excellent company—we can’t wait to celebrate with you all on December 3rd!
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!
Growing up, Garden Design was one of my favorite magazines, so it was completely humbling earlier this spring when I was asked by celebrated garden writer, Valerie Easton, if I could share my thoughts with their readers on “what makes a great outdoor living space?” I was grouped with an awesome panel of distinguished designers who were asked the same question. Everyone’s answers were thoughtful and vivid. To top it all off, the incredibly talented artist and illustrator, David Despau, created individual portraits of us each to include in the piece! Definitely a memorable collaboration–thank you Garden Design!
We very proudly share exciting news that MCLD has won a 2015 Residential Merit Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects for our “Winslow Garden” located in Cambridge! This honor signifies our 5th award from the prestigious professional organization.
As a space for any mood, this inspirational courtyard draws a successful urban executive outside into a sculpture-centered space where she can read, garden, and think alone in relative peace or share more lively moments with others. The serene landscape is tucked into a dense, often hectic part of Cambridge, Massachusetts. A sentimental piece of art from the client’s personal collection inspires a sliding aluminum gate, claiming center stage of the property. A crisp white dining set rests upon embedded linear slabs of reclaimed granite, and two contemporary Adirondack chairs nestle into an elevated corner. The design integrates water as both art—in the form of an antique-granite and stainless steel runnel—and as nourishment for the surrounding clusters of vegetation. The sculptural trees, shrubs, and season-shifting perennials are the perfect scale for the gardening homeowner.
Designing this courtyard, with this client, was an exceptional experience for me, and I am so grateful to have such good patrons! Special thank-you’s also go to Robert Hanss Landscape Construction, Ricci Brothers, Olde New England Granite, Metalsmiths, Select Horticulture, Artemisia Perennial Supply, Shadows and Light, Didriks, and Bay State Irrigation for everyone’s efforts to help make this garden come to life. Last but not least, congratulations to all of our peers from many local firms whose projects are also celebrated in this year’s awards program! We look forward to seeing you all in May at the annual Gala!
What a thrill it was to arrive to work on this frigidly cold February morning to find out that one of our recent collaborations with Anmahian Winton Architects, Martin Lucyk Landscape Construction, and SeaDAR Construction, has been featured on the Architectural Record new houses blog! I’m pretty confident this is just the beginning you’ll all hear from me on this project, but in meantime, please enjoy some early photos of the new woodland landscape we created around this awesome house on our MCLD Facebook page. Congrats to our clients and to everyone involved in the project. Last but not least, congrats to photographer Jane Messinger, whose stunning photos truly capture the spirit of the property.
We are so proud to share awesome news that MCLD has won two more Gold Awards from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers in their 2015 International Landscape Design Awards Program!!! This announcement is especially meaningful to us because it signifies our 9th and 10th awards from this incredible organization. We are completely humbled to receive so much support from the APLD; we are also honored that our work can be used in any effort to 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: John Greenlee, of Greenlee and Associates; Greg Pierceall, Professor Emeritus of Purdue University; and Julie Moir Messervy, of the Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio. We will be attending the APLD International Design Conference being held in Washington D.C. to accept our awards from October 8th to the 11th.
Our winners this year are “Kat’s Garden” located in Cambridge, MA, crafted in 2012/2013 by Robert Hanss Landscape Construction of Chestnut Hill, MA, and the “Longwood Garden” located in Brookline, MA, built in 2012 by Martin Lucyk Landscape Construction of Acton, MA. I would be remiss not to point out that the success of each of these projects relies completely on the support and trust of two very special clients who were willing to think “outside the box” about their properties. The results are verdant, balanced, and inviting gardens that we eagerly look forward to watching mature over the coming seasons.
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 Washington DC this fall. Thank you so much APLD for recognizing our work this year!!!
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!
We are delighted to share very exciting news that our “Longwood Garden” project in Brookline, Massachusetts has received press in the 2014 November/December issue of New England Home magazine! “Small Treasure,” thoughtfully written by Paula M. Bodah, provides a focused description of the new landscape from the homeowner’s perspective—especially as it relates to their goal of creating a non-fussy, yet vibrant urban lifestyle.
The garden has been warmly received by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects and won a 2014 Merit Award for Residential Design; it was also celebrated as a 2014 “Suburbia Transformed 3.0” award-winner from the James Rose Center in Ridgewood, New Jersey. MCLD enjoyed a great collaboration with the homeowners and the architects, Stern McCafferty Architecture and Interiors, and we are thankful to have been part of such a great team. A huge thanks goes to Martin Lucyk Landscape Construction for their commitment towards building the garden, as well as to Brite Builders for their efforts to create such a special home. Last but not least, thank you New England Home for showing our work off to your audience in this issue!