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david_epsteinLooking Ahead to Winter with David Epstein Wednesday, November 9, 7-8:30pm

What can people, plants and pets expect over the next several months? After a dry summer, will the weather turn cold and snowy or are we in for another easy winter? David Epstein of WBUR and will let us know what to expect.

Herbs for the Holidays: The Science of Stuffing  Thursday, November 10, 1:30-3pm

Dr.  Mohsen Medani of Tufts University and John Forti of Mass Hort will use herbs from our gardens to present the beneficial uses of herbs, today and throughout history. Participants will pot up herbs to take home.

Apples of New England  Tuesday, November 15, 1:30-3pm

John Bunker will give a history of New England’s iconic fruit— from the times when everyone made cider to the introduction of  widespread grafting. He’ll share the stories of the famous Massachusetts varieties.

Letter from our President

NELDHA's mission is to further the education of landscape designers, historians, preservationists and conservationists, to promote their professions and to communicate to the public NELDHA's commitment to landscape design, history, preservation, conservation and stewardship of the land.

NELDHA originated in 1968 as a student chapter of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects at Radcliffe College/Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and later as the Radcliffe Landscape Design and History Alumni Association. In 2003, the group incorporated as the New England Landscape Design and History Association (NELDHA), an IRC 501(c)(3) organization.

With the demise of the Landscape Institute and the changes in landscape design practice in recent years, NELDHA faced challenges in recruiting members to our Board and volunteers, as well as in program attendance. Today, there are many landscape organizations doing a very good job in providing educational opportunities for landscape professionals, many NELDHA used to provide. At this time, NELDHA's strengths are in providing specialized programs not offered by other organizations such as our recent preservation workshops.

In recognition of these factors, NELDHA is changing its organization and program focus. NELDHA will no longer be a membership organization. We will continue to collaborate with affiliate organizations offering specialized programs not found elsewhere. We will also open to the public our website archive of Perspectives.

We will finance our operations through event revenue, sponsorships and donations. We will continue the "Find a Landscape Professional" on our website for $75 per year, a reduction from the previous cost of $110 per year. You can find more information on supporting NELDHA and web listings at

I am pleased that NELDHA's Board of Director's and Advisors wish to continue in office and I look forward to working with them in the future.

I also look forward to seeing you at our future cosponsored events and strongly encourage you to get involved in our programs and as members of our Board. 


Heidi Kost-Gross, President

NELDHA Co-Sponsors Friends of Fairsted Lecture


NELDHA is a proud sponsor of the Friends of Fairsted lecture on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 “Parks: Cornerstones of Civic Revitalization.” It will be held at Wheelock College, 43 Hawes St., Brookline, Massachusetts beginning with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reserve online or 617-566-1689, ext. 265

The lecturer is Rolf Diamant, a writer, historian and adjunct associate professor at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. His talk will focus on how the tradition of public park making initiated by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.’s seminal Yosemite Report in 1865 continues today as an expression of national and community ideals.

Mass Hort Presents the Highgrove Florilegium February 11th to March 12th


Our affiliate Massachusetts Horticultural Society is hosting an Opening Reception for its Exhibition of watercolor facsimiles of the Highgrove Florilegium. The reception is on February 11, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hunnewell Carriage House.  Opening remarks by Susanne Dowdall, volunteer docent from the Museum of Fine Arts will discuss the exhibit. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Mass Hort Members: $30, Non-Members: $40. Please register by February 10th by clicking here. For additional information call 617-933-4945. All proceeds benefit the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Library.

The Highgrove Florilegium is an exquisite two-volume set of 124 facsimile botanical watercolors of plants from TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s garden at his family estate in Gloucestershire, England. Seventy-three renowned international artists painted the watercolors. The Highgrove Exhibit includes books and framed botanical prints from the collection.

Starting on February 12, 2016, the Exhibition is free and open to the public. In addition to viewing a selection of images from the Highgrove Florilegium, visitors will have the opportunity to view the exquisitely crafted books that contain these beautiful facsimiles. Visit for opening times. Docent led tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more for a small fee. Contact Librarian Maureen Horn for more information at Image Cyathea australis. Addison Publications.

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