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Friends of Fairsted Lecture: December 1, 2016

NELDHA is a proud sponsor of the Friends of Fairsted lectures. The next lecture, “From the Granite Garden to West Philadelphia: Restoring Nature & Communities” by Anne Whiston Spirn will be on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Wheelock College, Brookline Campus, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline Massachusetts. The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m.

Spirn is a professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of The Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design (1984). She has challenged the segregation of ecology from urban planning and infrastructure by pursuing innovative approaches to the design of urban environments. For thirty years, she has directed the West Philadelphia Landscape Project, an award-winning program dedicated to restoring nature, rebuilding inner-city communities and empowering youth. Drawing from her book-in-progress, Top-Down/Bottom-Up, for which she received a Guggenheim fellowship, Anne will describe this research-in-action and its lessons for designing healthier, more equitable and sustainable communities.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reserve online For more information: visit Friends of Fairsted.



Connecticut College Arboretum will hold its Annual SALT Symposium on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Smaller American Lawns Today, SALT, is a movement introduced in June of 1997 by Dr. William A. Niering, professor of botany at Connecticut College. The SALT mission is to decrease the size of lawns in America by restoring home grounds to more harmonious, productive, ecologically sound and naturalistic landscapes. SALT offers an alternative vision of the monocultured lawn. This event is co-sponsored by the New England Wildflower Society.

This day-long symposium discusses the demise of the American lawn, the role of native plants in the built landscape, how native is defined and the future of native plants in our built landscapes. The New England Wild Flower Society will be presenting the Regional Impact Award to New Directions in the American Landscape.

The Keynote speech by Larry Weaner, Principal, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates and founder of New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL) Conference, is The Future of Native Plants in the Built Landscape. Other presentations include

·         Ecological Functions of Native Plants by Claudia West, Author and Ecological Sales Manager, North Creek Nurseries;

  • Low-maintenance Plants; Dan Jaffe, Propagator and Stock Bed Grower, New England Wildflower Society; and
  • The Evolving American Lawn; Judy Preston, Long Island Sound Outreach Coordinator

Followed by a Roundtable Discussion: Defining Native moderated by Mark Richardson, Director of Horticulture, New England Wild Flower Society.

Location:  Blaustein Humanities Center, Connecticut College

Time: 8:30 a.m to 4 p.m.

Fee: Members* $80  *(Arboretum, NEWFS, CT Master Gardener, Wild Ones); General Public $90 

Register:  Secure Online Registration - please write "SALT Seminar" in "Item(s) Purchased" space. Enter the total amount based on pricing above.

NELDHA is pleased to announce that Connecticut College Arboretum is NELDHA’s newest sponsor. Its mission includes education, conservation and stewardship, key tenets of NELDHA’s mission. We encourage you to visit, read its history, and explore its fabulous landscape.

Weather, Herbs and Apples - New Courses at Mass Hort

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

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