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Deadline Extended! Lucinda Brockway - Speaker at Our Annual Reception on April 25, 2014


We have extended the deadline to purchase tickets to Thursday, April 17, 2014. If you are planning to come, please contact Janis Porter at to let her know your check is in the mail. She needs a final count for the caterer! 

NELDHA's Annual Reception and Lecture will take place on April 25, 2014, at the beautiful MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Massachusetts. Our featured speaker will be Lucinda Brockway, Director for Cultural Resources for The Trustees of Reservations, where she guides the wonderful restoration of the historic gardens at Castle Hill in Ipswich and Naumkeag in Stockbridge. She was an award-winning landscape designer and preservationist, serving a national clientele for twenty-five years before coming to the trustees.

Through her firm, Past Designs in Kennebunk, Maine, Lucinda's work included such well-known projects as Fort Ticonderoga's Jardin du Roi, Newport’s Bellevue Avenue estates; the Battle Green, Lexington, Massachusetts;  Villa Finale in San Antonio,Texas; the Camden Amphitheatre in Maine and several other projects for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Her private residential designs won recognition throughout the country. She specialized in designing period-inspired landscapes and gardens featuring both historic and indigenous plants. She is the author of two books, A Favorite Place of Resort for Strangers and Gardens of the New Republic

A networking reception with hors d'oeurves and Pasta Bar begins at 6:00 pm followed by thelecture at 7:00. Cost is $35 for members and $45 for Nonmembers.

Poster and Registration Form: file icon pdf Annual Reception 2014 poster.pdf

Design Talk at The BAC: Permaculture: Design for Regeneration
Permaculture is an integrated, ecologically based design system for the regeneration of the earth and human cultures. Please join us on Wednesday, April 16th, 7:00-9:00 pm at The Boston Architectural College, Cascieri Hall, 320 Newbury Street. Registration: $35 The presenter, Lydia L. Silva, is a certified permaculture designer who currently teaches permaculture at Suffolk University, Boston Architectural College and the University of MA, Amherst.. Explore the design of landscapes that meet human needs while restoring ecosystem health! Examine the interconnections between environmental, social and economic systems to inform design solutions. Permaculture is informed by the disciplines of systems ecology, ecological design and ethno-ecology.
NELDHA is a Proud Sponsor of Friends of Fairsted Lecture

On March 27, 2014, Friends of Fairsted will present a lecture by Robert Yaro entitled “The Shaping of Regions, The New York Regional Plan and the Origins of Planning in America.” Yaro will discuss how regional thinking - an integrated approach to infrastructure growth, economic development, and environmental protection, has influenced growth and change in the Northeast. He will discuss how the visionary thinking of early leaders in the field, including Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., contributed original planning solutions to enhance the quality of life in both urban and suburban settings.

Yaro is President of the Regional Plan Association. Bob has been a faculty member of Harvard, Columbia and the University of Massachusetts. He is currently Professor of Practice in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Before his move to New York City, Bob served as Chief Planner and then Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management where he developed the Olmsted Historic Landscape Preservation Program and the 14-city Urban Heritage Park system.

Mass Hort and NELDHA Lecture a Great Success!

NELDHA and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's co-sponsored  lecture by award winning landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy on January 23, 2014 sold out! The audience enjoyed a wine and cheese reception and an opportunity to chat and mingel with fellow guests. Messervy, always entertaining and inspiring, shared ideas and images from her new book, Landscaping Ideas that Work. Raffle winners took home great landscape related prizes.

A special thank you to the event supporters:

This event would not have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of the following people: Maureen Horn and April Daley from Mass Hort, and Heidi Kost-Gross, Jon Hogan, Maureen O'Brien and Janis Porter from NELDHA.

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