Mass Hort Exhibit - Eden on the Charles- wins four awards at the Boston Flower & Garden Show!

WELLESLEY, MA. March 22, 2014  The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit “Eden on the Charles” at this year’s Boston Flower & Garden Show (March 12-16, 2014), received the Allen C. Haskell Award, The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts Emily Seaber  Parcher Award, the Ecological Landscape Alliance Environmental Vision Award, and the New England Nursery Association Award, and the Massachusetts Agriculture Ribbon.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit, Eden on the Charles, highlighted two love stories that took place at Mass Hort’s Elm Bank Estate in Dover, MA,  illustrating the show them of “Romance in the Garden”. The exhibit’s design depicts the courtship of Ray and Betty Frost canoeing down the Charles River at Elm Bank and stopping for a picnic along the shore. Descendants and family of Mr. & Mrs. Frost attended the show on Saturday, March 15 to see the exhibit that honored the Frosts.


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Mass Hort design team, led by Landscape Institute/BAC designers Suzanne Higham and including Heather Heimarck (Landscape Institute Executive Director), Julia Esteves, Piera Sassaroli, with Jeff Dube and Bill Cuddy and Mass Hort staff David Fiske, Charlie Harris, and Clark Bryan did a superb job demonstrating landscape design and horticultural concepts.

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s exhibit was designed to engage the public in the beauty of plants, gardens, and landscape design and to highlight the talents of landscape designers and green industry professionals in the practice and love of horticulture.

Awards Included:

  • Allen C. Haskell Award: Presented to a professional garden exhibit that shows distinction in landscape design with a heavy emphasis on color  using rare and unusual plant material, mainly new species and cultivars that have been introduced but not readily available to the trade. Presented by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
  • Ecological Landscape Alliance Environmental Vision Award: Presented to the exhibit that best demonstrates the design and execution of ecological concepts and ecological principles.
  • The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts Emily Seaber Parcher Award: The Landscape Design Council of Massachusetts’s Emily Seaber Parcher Award for excellence in landscape design of a naturalistic garden of less than 1,000 square feet. "Garden on the Charles," the winning exhibit by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, was inspired by two love stories that took place on the organization's property, Elm Bank. The exhibit featured a winding stream with naturalistic plantings, complete with wooden canoe, foot bridge, and artist's retreat.
  • New England Nurserymen’s Award

Mass Hort’s Exhibit - A Collaboration with Designers and Organizations

Several skilled designers contributed to Mass Hort’s exhibit: Julia Esteves is a Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional (MCLP) and owner of Juliagarden Landscape Design, a landscape design, build and maintain business in Osterville, MA;  Heather Heimarck, Landscape Institute, Piera Sassaroli, owner of Piera’s Landscape Design of Boston, is a designer based out of both Boston and Milan, Italy; Jeff Dube will be returning to The University of Michigan in the fall to complete his Masters of Landscape Architecture;  Suzanne Higham is owner of Frog Hollow, a landscape design, installation and maintenance company based in Georgetown, MA; and Bill Cuddy is owner of WJC Services, a full service design, building, and maintenance landscape company in Rowley, MA.

Donations of materials and assistance were provided by Boston Architectural College, the Landscape Institute, Ball Seed, Northeast Nurseries, Inc., Weston Nurseries, Bartlett Tree Experts, Northwoods Canoe Company, Szczechowicz Landscape Services, and Stonewood Products, Inc. Painting by Julia Blake.

Founded in 1829, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society mission is to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public's enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment. Massachusetts Horticultural Society, a 501(c ) (3)educational organization,  is located at 900 Washington Street, Wellesley on 36-acres in the historic Elm Bank Reservation, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  For more information please visit: