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the Blade Blog

It's no surprise that our passion (and talent) resides in the garden soil. But we also enjoy sharing our love of landscaping in the hopes that it might help you too grow as a gardener. Below are a few of the lessons we've learned in our years designing, installing, and maintaining our clients' properties. Please feel free to suggest a landscaping-related topic you'd like to know more about, and be sure to add your thoughts in the comments.
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Our Origin Story | Boston Voyager

Jim Douthit sits with Boston Voyager to highlight his path from Hawaii to Boston and recount the humble beginnings of a Blade of Grass. An innate love of gardens, a few key connections, a lot of hard work, and two-plus decades later, the company has designed Boston’s most beautiful properties. To read the entire interview visit Boston Voyager.

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Our Origin Story | Boston Voyager

Jim Douthit sits with Boston Voyager to highlight his path from Hawaii to Boston and recount the humble beginnings of a Blade of Grass. An innate love of gardens, a few key connections, a lot of hard work, and two-plus decades later, the company has designed Boston’s most beautiful properties. To read the entire interview […]...
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Backyard Weddings - Boston Design Guide

Wedding Worthy Backyards | Boston Design Guide

It’s wedding season and Boston Design Guide has a quick look at a few backyard options for the big day, including one of our properties. As designers we always consider it a high honor when our clients host an event as special as a wedding in their own gardens. If you’re in the throes of […]...
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wayland farm gravel drive

10 Clever Uses for Gravel in the Garden | Houzz

The writers at Houzz explore the many uses of gravel in the garden and throughout your property, with a few examples from our Boston-area clients. From permeable paths and driveways to water features and more, the “10 Clever Uses for Gravel in the Garden” article gives credit to this very versatile landscaping material. Take a look […]...
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Cambridge Federal In Full Bloom | Boston Home Magazine

Featured Cambridge Federal In Full Bloom | Boston Magazine

Just in time for Summer, Boston Magazine has featured our historic 1828 Federal property in Cambridge, MA in their “Five Outdoor Living Spaces to Celebrate Summer” article. A true transformation story, the home’s neglected grounds were reborn with lush redbud trees, shade-tolerant rhododendrons, garden steppers, climbing roses – accenting the 19th-century roots while ret...
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Simply Sudbury Garden Tour 2018

Metrowest Garden Tours | Garden Club of Sudbury & Friends of Bacon Free Library

It’s June and that means it’s garden tour season. On the 8th, join the Garden Club of Sudbury’s Simply Sudbury Garden Tour to explore eight local gardens of all sizes with many notable features, including traditional New England gardens, beautiful containers for small spaces, and even a “living landscape” farm with greenhouse, orchard and vineyard. Then, on [&hellip...
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Boston South End Rooftop Oasis | Boston Design Guide

This week the spotlight is on “Urban Edens” and Boston Design Guide has included one of our Boston South End rooftop gardens in their list of inspirational designs. Noted are the use and variety of colorful containers, creative screening, and “park-like” vibe. There are several of other great examples of city oases featured throughout the article, so […]...
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Boston Home Magazine Summer Edition Launch

Boston Home Magazine Summer Edition Launch | Boston Home Magazine

One of our recent projects, a beautiful Federal Style property, was in the spotlight at the May 15 Boston Home Magazine Summer Edition Launch held in Burlington, MA. The historic Cambridge property will also be featured in the magazine’s Summer publication. Blade’s Senior Designer, Tom Wilhelm, and interior designer Stephanie Rossi of Spazio Rosso, presented to an audience of Bost...
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Weston MA, pea stone paths with pool backyard

A Weston Backyard Transformation | Boston Design Guide

Boston Design Guide has nice write-up of our recent backyard transformation in Weston, MA. Featuring bluestone paving, an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit and a sparkling pool and spa, they describe the property redo as an “elevated playground” – and we think that sums it up nicely. Check out the article and leave a comment if you like […]...
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Concord Art - Concord Center of the Visual Arts

Spring Into Art Week Celebration | Concord Art

A shout out to our friends at Concord Art. They’re hosting a week-long “SPRING INTO ART WEEK” celebration of Art & Artists. Lots of events to choose from including storytelling, yoga for artists, art in bloom, and a Great Big “Small Works” Art sale. Bring a friend and keep an eye out for a few planters […]...
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Sudbury Farm & Barn Tour 2018

Sudbury Farm & Barn Tour 2018 | Sudbury Historical Society

Join the Sudbury Historical Society and Sudbury Agricultural Commission on Saturday, May 5, 2018 to learn about Sudbury’s agricultural history and farm buildings and how today’s farm owners maintain their operations. Each ticket includes an informative tour booklet with a map of the 7 participating properties. The Tour is self-guided between 10:00 am and 3:00 […]...
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Westwood, MA - Westwood Backyard - 2018 APLD Silver Award for Residential Design

Westwood Backyard Wins APLD’s Silver Award for Residential Design | APLD

We’re thrilled to announce that a Blade of Grass has won APLD’s 2018 Silver Award for Residential Design for the design and installation of our “Westwood Backyard” property. This project was a full transformation and noted by the APLD judges for it’s detailed hardscaping and excellent use of space. We love creating these outdoor living […]...
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We’re (even more) Social | Instagram

There’s no denying Instagram is the place to be for sharing a story. So we’ve (finally) created our very own account and hope you’ll add us to yours. You can check out daily shots of our crew, office antics, and of course, the properties we’re transforming throughout the Boston area. We’d love to hear your […]...
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Giving Back to Heifer International, charity

Chickens for Charity | Heifer International

Each year a Blade of Grass makes a year-end donation to Heifer International – a charitable organization that supplies livestock and training to struggling communities throughout the world. We base our contribution on the number of word-of-mouth referrals we receive. For 2017 our contribution is: 22 flocks of chickens and 4 goats. If you aren’t familiar with […]...
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houzz service award 2018

Best Client Satisfaction Award 2018 | Houzz

We’re excited to announce that a Blade of Grass has been awarded “Best Of Client Satisfaction 2018” from Houzz, a leading platform for home remodeling and design. This award holds special meaning for us as we take great pride in the close relationships we form with our clients – many have been with us since our […]...
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We’re Hiring for 2018 | Careers @ Blade

Every year our team gets bigger and better. And so it is again – we’re looking for talented (and fun) people to make a Blade of Grass even more amazing. If you’re an experienced account or project manager, fine gardener, mason, crew leader, irrigation technician, or just have a passion for landscape design, check out our […]...
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Lamson Park in Weston, MA

Friends of Lamson Park | Weston, MA

a Blade of Grass is proud to be a “Community Friend” for Lamson Park in Weston, a new playground in the town center. This project is the result of hard work and contributions from throughout the community, and one that will continue to give back for generations to come. Be sure to stop by if […]...
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Wellesley Marketplace 2017 - Wellesley, MA

41st Annual Wellesley Marketplace | Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club

The Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club (WHJWC) is hosting their 41st Annual Wellesley Marketplace on Saturday, November 11th at the Wellesley High School. It’s a great place to find those unique holiday gifts and proceeds from the event help fund need-based scholarships for high school students and grants to Wellesley-based community groups. Available wares include […]...
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news - wcvb 5 for good hope in bloom gardens for cancer patients - heather lashbrook jones

Hope in Bloom on “5 for Good” | WCVB Channel 5 Boston

Boston’s WCVB’s “5 for Good” focuses it’s camera on Hope in Bloom, the Dedham-based non-profit that builds and maintains gardens throughout Massachusetts at the homes of patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Blade’s Heather Lashbrook Jones volunteered her time for this Lexington project and speaks with reporter/anchor Erika Tarantal about the design process (video). We’ve ...
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wayland farmhouse garden

Shade-Loving Hostas Shine in the Garden | Houzz

We absolutely love hostas! With so many shapes, textures and hues, they’re truly the workhorse of gardens around the world. Check out our featured properties and you’ll see them put to use in almost every design. Houzz thinks they’re pretty awesome too and have included one of our properties in their latest “all about hostas” blog […]...
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wayland patio with fire pit and gardens

Glorious Gardens: Riverside Farmhouse | Boston Design Guide

Another call-out for Jim’s showcase Wayland Farmhouse – from Boston Design Guide. In celebration of “summer’s lush greenscapes and bountiful blooms”, the Guide’s Sandy Giardi highlights seven of Boston’s most notable properties, walking us through each while paying special attention to what makes them so special to their owners....
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Wellesley Hills, MA - Hydrangea trees in the peak of summer blooming create a beautiful backdrop for outdoor dining.

Bringing the Indoors Outdoors | Wellesley Weston Magazine

Jim discusses with Wellesley Weston Magazine‘s Patty Lenz Bovie the ins and outs of creating the perfect outdoor living space. Among his suggestions are an awareness of the room’s accessibility, incorporating multiple levels in order to define the area, mixing it up when it comes to visual elements, and finding the right mix of plantings […]...
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wayland patio view of sudbury river

Wayland Farmhouse Recognition | Garden Design Online

Noted Garden Design Online blogger, Jane Berger highlights Jim’s Wayland Farmhouse – APLD’s 2017 Gold Award winner for Residential Design. With a designer’s eye, Jane describes the property’s unique challenges and amazing transformation. Be sure to check out the story and the rest of the website for some great reading....
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blade offices - 9 Old County Road, Sudbury 01776

Our New Offices | 9 Old County Road, Sudbury, MA 01776

That’s right, we’ve moved from our Boston Post Road location in Wayland to a brand new building just a few miles down route 20 in beautiful Sudbury. It’s a big deal for us as our team has been growing (a lot) and space was rather limited. A new conference room, several design studios, and lots […]...
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Hope in Bloom gardens non profit

Gardening for Good | Hope in Bloom, Inc.

We can’t imagine a more rewarding way to apply our landscaping skills than on behalf of the Hope in Bloom organization. Based in Dedham, this wonderful non-profit provides gardens to local women and men who are being treated for breast cancer. Free of charge, each garden is tailored to the recipient’s property and tastes, with […]...
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transformations feature

Dramatic Landscaping Transformations | New England Home

Jim Douthit speaks with New England Home‘s Kaitlin Madden regarding the strategy and impact of a great property makeover. Examples of our projects in Brookline, Wellesley, Dover, Boston, and Weston are examined as Jim explains his perspective on “outdoor rooms.” As they say – seeing is believeing. Check out these amazing transformations and learn more […]...
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wayland sunken patio with table, award winning

Wayland Farmhouse Wins APLD’s Gold Award for Residential Design | APLD

The 2017 winner of APLD‘s Gold Award for Residential Design goes to Blade designer and owner, Jim Douthit, for his “Farmhouse” project in Wayland, MA. To be sure, this property offered a unique opportunity for Jim to flex his extraordinary creativity and design vision, and we’re so proud that his hard work was recognized by […]...
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Giving Back to Heifer International, charity

Giving Back | Heifer International

For the past several years, a Blade of Grass has been donating to Heifer International – an amazing organization that is “working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.” In an effort to include our clients in this charity, we also make contributions for each word-of-mouth referral they generate (they really...
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hardscapes - westwood, stone fireplace, pool, patio

10 Outdoor Fireplace and Firepit Designs for Fall | Boston Design Guide

Nothing is more quintisentially New England Fall than relaxing by a beautiful outdoor fireplace on a cool evening. In honor of the season, Boston Design Guide has featured one of our favorite properties in their recent 10 Outdoor Fireplace and Firepit Designs for Fall article. Be sure to see all the great ideas and examples […]...
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a Blade of Grass Tom Wilhelm APLD Designer of the Year 2016

Tom Wilhelm Awarded Designer of the Year 2016 | APLD

Our very own senior landscape designer, Tom Wilhelm, was awarded the Association of Professional Landscape Designers 2016 Designer of the Year at the annual APLD International Design Conference in Santa Fe, NM. Tom also received a 2016 Chapter Service Award. Congratualtions Tom, we’re so proud....
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wayland patio with table and sudbury river view

Say It With Flowers | New England Home

Another exciting spotlight on a Blade of Grass and our work, this one from the May/June issue of New England Home (pdf). Jim speaks with Lisa Harrison about his passion for design, the success of a Blade of Grass, and the amazing work he’s done with his very own property in Wayland, MA. Also included is […]...
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hardscapes - dover, bluestone patio, fire pit

Bring the Indoors Outside the Home | Realty Today

Blade’s Heather Lashbrook Jones lends a few tips regarding designing for outdoor spaces. Her advice – consider designs that work in all seasons and think through the “room” shape. Read the entire article on Realty Today....
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Landscape Design 2016 - New England Home

Landscape Design 2016 | New England Home

Nothing beats a seaside view. New England Home (pdf) apparently agrees and has featured yet another of our properties in their Special Focus: Landscape Design 2016 issue. The waterfront residence in Duxbury is busy poolside gatherings and family entertainment. Writer Paula M. Bodah notes the combination of hydrangeas, dogwoods, and arborvitaes allow for full blooms throughout the […]...
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Winter Preperations - Boston Design Guide

How to Prepare Your Home for Winter | Boston Design Guide

Blade designer, Heather Lashbrook Jones reviewed a few essential tasks every New England homeowner should take when preparing their homes (and gardens) for  winter. Tips include cutting perennials, properly tying shrubs and boxwoods, servicing your irrigation systems and more. It’s quick read, but worth the effort if you’re serious about protecting one of your most valuable […...
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an urban garden in Brookline, Massachusetts

An Urban Garden in Massachusetts | Old House Online

Old House Online tells the story of how an avid gardener and a Blade of Grass reworked a streetside urban plot in Brookline to create private “rooms” along with lawns and perennial beds—while honoring the scale of the big old house....
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The Beauty of Landscape Lighting | Boston Design Guide

We share a few tips with Boston Design Guide for making the most of landscape lighting. When done well, landscape lighting can transform your outdoor space, and allow you to enjoy your garden throughout the evening, especially in the months where daylight is short. Check out the quick blog they posted that highlights our work....
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Brookline, MA - A checkerboard pattern in the lawn adds a unique interest to the garden.

A Lot from a Little in Brookline | Design New England

Our “urban secret” APLD Gold Award winner is featured in this month’s Design New England (pdf).This long term project, spanning over three years, turned a neglected Brookline corner property into a formal English country estate garden, or at least, the illusion of one....
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South End Boston patio urban oasis

A South End Urban Oasis | Garden Design Online

Every space, large or small, has the potential to delight. Garden Design Online posted a nice write up featuring one of our recent “mosdest” designs in Boston’s South End. An outdoor fireplace allows the townhouse owners to enjoy the space well into the New England evenings, and a relaxing water feature masks the sounds of […]...
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containers - succulent, chrysanthemum

An Array of Outdoor Goodies | New England Home

It’s always nice to be recognized by our local publications. This month Kyle Hoepner, of New England Home, noted a container arrangement we had posted on Houzz. Thanks Kyle. If you haven’t explored both of these online resources we highly recommend. There’s no shortage of inspiration, and both make it far too easy to spend […]...
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Hills Garden Club - Wellesley Garden Tour 2009

Wellesley Garden Tour | Wellesley Weston Online

a Blade of Grass designer Heather Lashbrook Jones and a Wellesley property are featured in this month’s Wellesley Weston Magazine. The topic – the Hills Garden Club of Wellesley Garden Tour. Heather discusses her strategy for a identifying the right design perspective and notes the need to understand how the owners plan to engage with […]...
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