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There are very few slow days at a Blade of Grass – we're busy designing and maintaining Boston's most beautiful properties. Below are the news highlights of our work and the recognition we've received from the local (and national) press.
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Glorious Gardens: Riverside Farmhouse | Boston Design Guide

Another call-out for Jim’s showcase 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.

Read more: bostondesignguide.com

Wellesley Hills, MA - outdoor eating area with brick patio

Bringing the Indoors Outdoors | Wellesley Weston Magazine

Jim discusses with writer 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 and hardscaping. Read the entire article to see what Jim, and several other local designers, offer as their landscaping advice.

Read more: wellesleywestonmagazine.epubxp.com

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We Can’t Stop Growing! | Careers @ Blade

It’s true, 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 latest job postings. If you’re ready to make a great career move, apply today or call us to learn more.

Read more: abladeofgrass.com/careers

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Wayland Farmhouse Recognition | Garden Design Online

Noted garden 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.

Read more: gardendesignonline.com

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 of natural light are just a few of the perks in our new Sudbury location. We’ll be sure to post a few photos of the offices and property on facebook soon, but if you’re in the area, please feel free to stop in and say “hi” and see our new home for yourself.

Visit us: google maps

transformations feature

Dramatic Landscaping Transformations | New England Home

Jim 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 about challenges and successes of each.

Read more: nehomemag.com

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 the goal of improving the quality of life for the patients and their families. If you would like to volunteer your gardening talent, materials, or simply make a donation, please visit their website to support this very worthy cause.

Read more: hopeinbloom.org | Watch video: NBC Nightly News

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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 this very prestigous organization. Be sure to see the results of this amazing transformation for yourself.

Read more: apld.org | Wayland Farmhouse

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 add up!). The tally is in and our contribution for 2016 is: 24 flocks of chickens, 7 goats, 3 alpacas, and 3 llamas. Congrats to all – it really feels great to be a small part of this effort.

Read more: heifer.org

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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 in their post.

Read more: bostondesignguide.com

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.

Read more: apldne.org

Say It With Flowers - Text by Lisa E. Harrison Photography by Charles Mayer

Say It With Flowers | New England Home

Another exciting feature, this time in the May/June issue of New England Home. 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 a photo gallery highlighting Jim’s circa-1811 farmhouse and barn and their surrounding gardens, patio, and entryway.

Read more: nehomemag.com | pdf

Landscape Design 2016 - New England Home

Landscape Design 2016 | New England Home

Nothing beats a seaside view. New England Home 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 summer and the hardscaping protects from the ocean winds.

Read more: nehomemag.com | pdf

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 the busy neighborhood. View the entire post to read more about this hidden urban treasure.

Read more: gardendesignonline.com

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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 hours collecting ideas and admiring the work of so many talented designers. Enjoy!

Read more: nehomemag.com

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 their property. Read more about the tour and be sure to attend – there’s so much to see and enjoy.

Read more: wellesleywestonmagazine.com

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