Landscape Architects

December 29, 2020
Landscape architects
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We are beyond excited to announce that MCLD has won a 2016 Best of Boston Home award for being one of the top landscape architecture firms in the region! Thank you Boston Home Magazine for this awesome honor, and congratulations to all of this year’s winners! We are filled with pride to see so many of our collaborators on the list, and feel quite humbled to be in such excellent company—we can’t wait to celebrate with you all on December 3rd!

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We were pleasantly surprised yesterday by one of our all-time favorite garden blog sites: GARDENISTA, with a feature about our project, Le Petit Chalet, in Southwest Harbor, Maine! Our work on this property has been an incredible highlight for our firm, and the list of people to recognize for their contributions is extensive.B-Acadia-Matthew-Cunningham-Boston-Landscape-Architects You can read more about the project by visiting the American Society of Landscape Architects, 2014 Professional Awards page. Thank you Michelle Slatalla for thoughtfully including our work on Gardenista—it is an honor to be on your radar!

It’s crunch time and winter weather is coming fast, so in an effort to secure some amazing reclaimed stone for a few great projects we have in the works, Martin and I took a whirlwind trip to Maine to see what we could find. The weather was stunning, and the verdant and rocky coast of my home state was putting on one hell of a dazzling fall foliage display.

C-Acadia-Matthew-Cunningham-Boston-Landscape-ArchitectsStop one was to a top-secret, antique quarry, complete with a fantastic old VW hippie van that probably still gets better mileage than current models. (Ha ha) We tagged incredible slabs of stone while talking with the quarry’s owner about the property’s fascinating history. The sun was setting quickly and there was a nip in the air—the perfect conditions for mother nature to work her autumn paintbrushes on the surrounding woodlands.

Stop two was to our absolutely inspiring new project site near Acadia National Park. The property sits on a spectacular vein of pink granite that juts out into the Atlantic, presenting dreamy views for as far as the eye can see. To top it off, the hayscented fern, moose maple, and tupelo were in full fall color, creating shocking visual scenes that are almost too much for the brain to process.

My line of work takes me to many wonderful places throughout the Northeast, but nothing could ever compete with the sights and sounds of waves crashing on weathered granite. It’s trips like these that remind me just how lucky I am to have a job (and clients) that I love so much… Here’s to wishing you all a happy fall!

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Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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