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NELDHA Members and Friends had a Fabulous Time at the Annual Tea

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NELDHA's Annual Tea was held at a new venue this year, Elm Bank at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in Wellesley, Massachusetts on November 8, 2011.  It was a great success with Members and Friends enjoying each other's company and the splendid delicacies prepared by Gaveston Catering of Dorchester, Massachusetts.  Garden Designer Sally Muspratt regaled our guests with an informative and entertaining description of her many travels with the Garden Conservancy, a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving America’s exceptional gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public. Sally's presentation included United States sites in California, Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas as well as European sites at Chateau du Champs de Bataille, Le Bois des Moutiers, Chateau de Brecy, Le Jardin Plume, Chateau de Courances, Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte.

Melanie Neuman, owner of Fiori Secchi Gardens, Sudbury, Massachusetts and Board member Jennifer Kimball graced the hall with beautiful seasonal floral displays.

Special thanks to Board member Jon Hogan who chaired the event, Melanie and Jennifer. Thank you also to Board members Heidi Kost Gross, Kathi Keith, Maureen O'Brien, Laurie Pazzano and Janis Porter for all their assistance in making this event such a success. Thank you also to Mass Hort and its staff for its hospitality in making this event such a success. 

NELDHA Award goes to Laurie Pazzano: Eleven NELDHA Members Graduate from the Landscape Institute

On June 5, 2011, NELDHA President Heidi Kost Gross awarded the NELDHA Award to historian Laurie Pazzano for her Independent Project at the Landscape Institute Graduation ceremony at the Boston Architectural College. Laurie received a certificate in Landscape History. Her final project "Peace field: 1788 – 1818: The New England Farm of John and Abigail Adams" involved original scholarly research on John and Abigail Adams' farm at Peace field in Quincy Massachusetts. Laurie was a co-author of the cultural landscape report for Peace field completed during a preservation studio at the Landscape Institute. Laurie is also the recipient of a Masters Degree from the University of Massachusetts in History. Her thesis at UMassis is on Henry the VIII's Privy Gardens at Hampton Court Palace.

Other NELDHA members graduating this June from the Landscape Institute and their projects are:

Certificates in Landscape Design:

Jean Bednor - Stitching Together a Patchwork of Habitat: A Plan for Enhanced Biodiversity and Connectivity at the Barber Reservation, Sherburn, MA

Kathleen Caldara - Design IV Studio Project Concord, Massachusetts

Ralph Clover - Design IV Studio

Joan Freitas - Connecting Nature and Nana: The Revitalization of Martin Court, Swansea, MA

Marianne Fricke -  Falmouth, MA Town Hall Planting – Revisited

Jennifer Kimball - Ballywilly Brook Forest Park: a Master Plan Carndonagh, Inishowen Co Donegal, Ireland

Carol Laboissonniere - Cedarwood Farms: Low Impact Development Strategies for Condominium Development in Kennebunk, ME

Shawn Mayers - Making Connections through Space and Time: A Master Plan for Rocky Point Park, Warwick, RI

Rose Mellino - Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth, MA: Walking on the Edge

Certificate in Landscape Preservation:

Maureen O’Brien - Rehabilitation of the Courtyard and its Entrance at Rolling Ridge, North Andover Massachusetts, a Fletcher Steele Garden: Restoring the Welcome to  ‘A True Oasis Of Quiet Beauty And Gracious Hospitality.’

Congratulations to these fine graduates on their achievements!

NELDHA President Heidi Kost Gross sworn in as President of the GCFM


On June 2, 2011, NELDHA President Heidi Kost Gross was sworn as President of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts for the years 2011 to 2013.

Heidi's theme for the next two years is "It's Not Easy Being Green. . . But Let's Try Anyway." In her acceptance speech she said, "May the upcoming two years be fruitful and productive in every respect, especially when it comes to having fun doing what we do best: beautifying our communities, teaching sustainable gardening and design practices, creating extraordinary flower arrangements, and inspiring others to emulate these efforts."  Heidi's knowledge, skills, dedication, and passion make both the GCFM and NELDHA extremely fortunate to have her as our leader.

Shown above with Heidi from left to right are Front: Heidi, Heidi's grandson Nicholas, Daughter Tina, and Granddaughter Eliza, NELDHA members Joan Popolo and Maureen O'Brien. Rear: NELDHA Member Janis Porter, Heidi's son-in-law Christopher, and NELDHA Member Jon Hogan. Not shown are Heidi's husband Herb Gross and daughter Lexie and her husband.

About the New England Landscape Design & History Association

The New England Landscape Design & History Association (NELDHA) is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt organization.

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, conservation, preservation, and stewardship of the land.

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