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The popular Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts Landscape Design School (LDS) will be held in Lexington on October 24 and 25, 2019. LDS is a series of four courses presented by distinguished lecturers on landscape design, methods, history, theory and analysis. LDS is open to the public. While the courses do not confer professional status, it is an enriching experience and can serve as an entrée to the subject.

The speakers this year include Mark Ahronian, Principal of Ahronian Landscape Design; Christie Dustman, APLD; Heather Heimarck, ASLA; Margie Coffin Brown, ASLA; Kris Scopinich, Massachusetts Audubon Society; Rebecca Soules, Canterbury Village; New Hampshire and Cricket Vlass, Landscape Planner for the town of Wellesley.
To find out more and obtain a registration slip visit here.
Diane Kostial McGuire (1934-2019)


Diane Kostial McGuire passed away on February 28, 2019. McGuire was founder and the first Director of the Raddcliffe Seminars Program in Landscape Design. Perspectives grew out of that program. You can read the 1999 interview with McGuire here.

Hear Judith Tankard Talk About Her New Book at Tower Hill

Judith B. Tankard is a landscape historian, award-winning author, and preservation consultant. She is the author or coauthor of ten books on landscape history and has been honored with a Quill and Trowel Award from the Garden Writers Association as well as book awards from Historic New England and the American Horticultural Society. She taught at the Landscape Institute of Harvard University for more than twenty years.

On Sunday, April 14, 2019, Tankard will talk about her new book, Gardens of the Arts and Craft Movement, rev., at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. The book surveys the rich history of the era and unlocks the secrets to creating a garden faithful to the movement. Arts and Crafts aficionados and garden designers alike will find inspiration in hundreds of contemporary photographs and historic illustrations detailing works that stretch from Gertrude Jekyll's Munstead Wood to storied California estates.

To learn more and register, visit here.
Lecture: Pastoral Landscapes of the Hudson River School


The LANDSCAPE DESIGN COUNCIL of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts presents a Winter Lecture Pastoral Landscapes of the Hudson River School by Fruitlands Museum that features Fruitlands' renowned collection of Hudson River School landscape paintings. The 60-minute program includes a discussion of the cultural history of the 19th century, information about key painters who developed the unique genre of painting, and insight into the underlying messages contained within the stunning landscapes captured in canvas and oil paint.

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
10:30 am
(March 21, 2019 Snow Date)
Location: Parkman Room
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
900 Washington Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts
DEADLINE: RSVP with Payment: February 15, 2019
This lecture is open to all. $15

For more information contact Maureen O’Brien at

Mail your check*, payable to “GCFM” in the amount of $15 to: Maureen O’Brien, 9 Erin Way, Dedham, MA 02026.

*Please write ‘Landscape Lecture’ in the memo line and please include your e-mail address so we can notify you of storm cancellations.

Light refreshments and a brief members’ meeting precedes the lecture.

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