GARDEN TOURS: Asian-infused in Weston, MA

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This garden was a feature on the last day of the garden tours during the conference. (There is a post conference day of tours as well as the two days during the conference).  This was the most extremely detailed garden with meticulous maintenance.  The home on the property is a modernist glass-walled that is nestled into the landscape with a seamless transition between indoors and out. The image above features White Birch dotted with a large stones and a mass of green under-planting of Azalea.

DESIGNERS: Zen Associates

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The entrance of the house features 100s of boxwood pruned to maintain their individual spherical domes. The base color palate of the entire 6 acre property is limited to greens and white with additional tones added by the Black Mist granite and other natural stonework. Note the small river rock edging between the boxwood and driveway, which is seen again in the next photo to blend transitions.

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Throughout the gardens are strategically placed conifers / Japanese maple that are pruned and maintained to highlight their unique form and structure.  Many of the conifers are place with immense detail among mossy boulders and creeping ground cover.

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The garden is also home to a collection of contemporary sculpture that is placed intently to draw your eye.

 Asian-infused in Weston, MA. Thinking Outside the Boxwood. Bonsai collection

The owners collection of bonsai placed on custom stands that allow the homeowners to view them from inside the home with ease.  The bonsai are cared for by a bonsai sensei on a regular basis.  Some of the trees in the forest of bonsai are over 400 years old.

 Asian-infused in Weston, MA. Thinking Outside the Boxwood. Bonsai House

During the colder seasons, the bonsai move into the modern climate controlled bonsai house on the property.  In my next life I will have one as well.

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View back to the house over the 1/2 acre koi pond with three water falls.

 Asian-infused in Weston, MA. Thinking Outside the Boxwood. Stone spa

 

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GARDEN TOURS: Contemporary Farmhouse Garden in Acton, MA

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GARDEN TOURS: Contemporary Farmhouse Garden in Acton, MA. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

 

Here is the first garden tour from the APLD Boston Conference. I shared more details about the conference in a previous blog, so if you want more information on the event you can read HERE.  The gardens on the tour are selected from local APLD members and include a variety of styles, sizes and types.  I am not sharing these in the same order we toured, more just the order I had them edited.

 

Contemporary Farmhouse Garden in Acton, MA.

Landscape Design: Offshoots and Marc Hall Design

Maintenance: Garden Concierge

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This garden showcases how edibles and a productive garden can be functional and highly designed as a formal garden. The greenhouse, potager and edibles through out this property are a continuation of the contemporary farmhouse. The classical edible garden elements are present in the garden, but designed using contemporary elements and restraint.

 

APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

A wall is created around the raised vegetable garden boxes with espaliered pears and a streamlined pergola. Even the underplantings are edible.

 

APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Another feature this property is the use of natural stone in a variety of methods and types. This outdoor grill features stacked thick cut stone with garden paths use natural shaped stones.

APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Again natural stones are mixed to add interest with bluestone paving and pea gravel.

 

APLD Boston Conference Tours Recap. Modern Garden with eddibles, greenhouse and unique hardscapes. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Natural elements are repeated in the different areas, with every detail designed down to the square edging around the orchard.

 

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The view of the back of the house. This showcases the number of folks on the tours, yet in my photos I am able to get with as few obstructions.

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This hardscape area is a favorite for the mix of stone shapes and the transition into the turf. You can see the stone grill in the background and the perennials around the house.

 

Keep checking back as I post more tours from Boston.

 

Preparing for 2018 – preview/update

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It’s that time for reflecting on accomplishments and misses along with planning for the year to come, and during Ohio winters those are the only two items we can really do for our gardens.  I have been placing seed orders, flipping through books, designing, reading articles, giving talks, designing some more and compiling long lists of things to do, with the majority only after the freeze of winter breaks.

Garden Tours from the APLD conference in Boston. Thinking Outside the BoxwoodA stop along the APLD Boston Conference garden tours. Next set of posts to include individual garden tour recaps.

 

One of my lists includes all the blog topics I want to explore and write, which continues to grow every year from the last since I never write as many posts as I plan. A redesign for the blog is in the works (about time), along with creating an official content calendar to keep us on top of posting.  The plan is not to post for the sake of posting, but making sure I am planning ahead, getting the photos I need, have deadlines for writing and creating graphics. I don’t think I will ever get to a weekly post (or I should say we because it’s a team effort with Allison), but I do plan on putting more effort in dedicating time to Thinkingoutsidetheboxwood.com.

 

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Terrain in Westport, CT from my visit on the way out to Boston. More photos from the visit back in this post HERE.

 

I started the blog to share garden design from my point of view and knowledge of plants and how to install and maintain. I don’t check my site analytics nor ever wish to include ads. I write for the comments (please comment) and meeting anyone that has said they read a post.  I pin my content to Pinterest and get excited for every repin, not because of the exposure, but because someone is learning from my content or are inspired by the image. I am still trying to figure out what the future of the blog will become, but for now it will stay a place to share work, inspiration and know-how from my point of view.

Holiday lights in German Village. Feature a collar of greens and curly willow lit from interior spot lights. McCullough's Landscape & Nursery. Thinking Outside the Boxwood

Holiday Containers from this past Christmas, this par looked like torches when you past them on the street at night.

 

First posts of the new year will be garden tours from the APLD conference. Will post these in a quick session this week. Please comment or email me if there is anything specific you think I should write about.

 

 

 

 

 

What to expect at the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) Conference

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After returning from the APLD Boston conference, I reflected about how the conference was beneficial to me as a designer. With no shortage of trade shows, garden tours and conferences to attend each year, I wanted to share some insight into the conference and my personal experience to help anyone on the fence with attending.

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This year the conference was in Boston, MA, last year it was in Santa Fe, NM and next year is in Toronto.  My comments below follow the structure of both past conferences, but with images from Boston. You can see images from the Santa Fe tours I posted before HERE.  In my following posts I will share images from the Boston conference garden tours. I have so many I need to work on editing to the best ones, but this post gives you a sampling of the garden tour locations.

 

The conference is broken down into two main buckets; speakers/educational/panels and tours. I am adding a third section for networking, since it can be forgotten benefit out side of CEUs when reviewing the agenda. There are around 100+ attendees over the course of the event with some staying the whole time and others for just the tours or speakers/courses. And with a conference that size, there are not a lot of extra bells and whistles.

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SPEAKERS/CLASSES/PANELS

The conference portion of speakers, classes and panels takes place inside a hotel conference space which keeps everything in one central location. The Conference (counting pre and post) runs five days. I am not sure how long this link will live, but HERE is a breakdown of the schedule this year. With a pre-conference events on Thursday and the kick off with the in the classroom conference including six different sessions. Below is a breakdown of the conference topics:

  • Opening Keynote: The Art of the Makeover – Reinventing Existing Landscapes with Patrick Chasse, ASLA
  • Designing with Natives with Travis Beck, Director of Horticulture, Mt. Cuba Center
  • Quenching Heat, Humidity & Drought: Gardens that Dazzle – Withstanding the Dog Days & Onward with Warren Leach, Landscape Horticulturist and owner  Tranquil Lake Nursery.
  • Expose Yourself! How to feature your work locally, regionally and nationally
  • Place Making – Designing for Place through Customer Engagement with Garth Woodruff, APLD Assistant Professor Andrews University
  • Closing Keynote: The Designer’s Way: Creating Gardens and Lives of Beauty and Meaning with Julie Moir Messervy.

I spoke along with three other designers in a pre-conference panel about growing and expanding your business, which was a marathon, 3 hour, non-stop discussion about how we are running our business. It was a great discussion, and I hope there are more of these types of panels in future conferences. However see my next bullet point on networking.

 

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NETWORKING:

Most beneficial element of the conference for me is always the networking with fellow designers. No two designers have the same firm structure, career path or plant palette. However, everyone is open to talking about the good and bad of the business and giving as much advice and experiences as possible. The time on the buses, during break sessions at dinners and hotel bar drinks – I have had the most impact on my professional career from the networking during those moments. It was through this networking time I have joined a group of other Design | Build | Maintain companies across the country for monthly calls sharing business insights.  I think this is a factor that is overlooked in considering a conference, but again is so valuable to professionals.

 

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THE GARDEN TOURS:

The APLD garden tours are scouted by local APLD members, and majority include private homes that are infrequently opened for tours. Given the group are all gardeners, home owners know the group will treat the space with respect and care. There are two days of tours, which the closing session and awards at the end of the final day. I would not let the location of the conference stop you if not aligned to your local environment. Last year the conference was in Santa Fe, and while the area has very unique terrain and water needs and completely different from Central Ohio. However the use of materials, planting combinations/patterns and incorporation of artwork was inspiring and relevant to me as a designer (Again see my photos HERE). Actually maybe more so since made me look at things completely differently than my normal environment. Also, as you can see in many of my following posts, getting photos without people is not a problem. You also have fellow experts around you if there are any questions, someone will know the plant, tried the method or how to maintain.

 

 

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COSTS, PACKING and QUICKTIPS:

I know it is a financial Investment to attend the conference, and I would budget with conference, hotel, food and travel to cost in the range of $3,000 – $3,500 for five days. You can save on hotel rooms if you are willing to room with someone, you spend very little time in your room between tours and the classroom time. It is a packed agenda, expect to leave the room around 8 and return around 9/10 pm.

Here is my quick packing list:

  • Camera and charger and a cellphone charging cube
  • Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Rain Coat
  • Business cards – make sure all your social handles are listed
  • Note Book, pen and traveling bag for the bus
  • Light Snacks and water for the bus rides

Other tips: Spend as little time in your room as possible. Go to dinners with attendees, meet up for morning coffee runs. Ask questions, lots of questions. Research the host city for additional spots to visit. Drop pins during garden tours to visit areas again.

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I know it requires a financial investment to attend a conference. I hope this helps give you some details on what you can expect and really what the end pay off can be. The APLD conference next year is in Toronto, Canada September 13-17. If you have any questions leading up to the event, please feel free to message me, I am happy to jump on the phone and talk.

Boston Container Designs

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I am working pulling together all the posts from my trip out to Boston for the APLD conference and I found photos from walking around Boston that don’t fit into any of my other posts. Boston had some great container designs in the Back Bay area and along the shops on Newbury street. If you want to see more beautiful container designs from the Boston area, view fellow APLD member and Friend, Ellen of PERENNIAL GARDENS portfolio.

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