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Boston Design Guide‘s “Best of BDG” is one our Instagram favorites. This week, a Blade of Grass was voted winner of their latest poll: Best Outdoor Fire Feature, With so many great entries, we are thrilled to have been chosen as the winner. If you’re not already a follower, be sure to check out our Instagram feed too. We keep it stocked with beautiful photos and videos of our designs and installations.
Want a peek inside (and outside) the Wellesley home that was custom built by former Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford? Yeah, we thought you might. It’s featured in the latest edition of Boston Common (pgs 54-55). For this project we teamed up with New England Design & Construction to update the home’s exterior, adding lots of natural stone, a fire pit, and an outdoor basketball court that converts to an ice-skating rink for the Massachusetts winters. Our plantings include long-blooming, white-flowering hydrangea like Quick Fire and Grandiflora. Larger evergreen screening trees, such as green giant arborvitae and Canadian hemlock, were planted, along with shade trees like sugar maples and river birch. Download the pdf version.
a Blade of Grass has been awarded APLD’s 2020 Gold Award for Residential Design for the design and installation of our “Lincoln Estate” property. The APLD International Landscape Design Awards Program honors excellence in landscape design. Projects in eight different categories are judged on the basis of difficulty, craftsmanship, attention to detail and execution. We are, obviously, immensely honored and proud of our amazing designers and our installation and maintenance crews. Check out the photo gallery and project description of this beautiful property.
The Wellesley Weston Magazine gave a nice callout to our Irrigation and Lighting Manager, Abdul Abuhajeb for achieving the status of Certified Irrigation Technician from the Irrigation Association. Abdul’s passion for reducing waste water and improving system efficiency led him to create Blade’s “SMART Irrigation Plan” that has been implemented on many of our clients properties. The plan leverages an in-depth understanding of the property topography, and includes multiple checks per season, applying appropriate materials, and utilizing WIFI controllers to connect to local weather stations, thus customizing the watering schedule.
This month it’s one of our Duxbury properties in Boston Design Guide’s spotlight. We love everything about this estate – from the use of granite, the year-round gardens, to the stylish (and very inviting on a hot day) water features. As the weather warms and our thoughts turn to landscape design, Boston Design Guide is doing an amazing job of inspiring us with these featured properties. Enjoy!
One of our favorite “city” properties is featured by Boston Design Guide this month. This diamond-in-the-rough back patio in the heart of Boston’s South End was in rough shape when we got the call. But we think you’ll agree, the transformation is remarkable and we’re thrilled BDG noticed. Read their take on this unique project in their Inspiring Projects section. Be sure to check out our transformations gallery to see more of this property and many before and after shots. We know you’ll love what you see!
Another big “thank you” to Boston Design Guide for featuring us in their latest digital edition of Prelude, vol. IV. You can see our work in their “Making an Entrance” article (page 14) and also the “Outdoor Living” spotlight (page 18). So many beautiful designs in this edition – we’re in amazing company.
Proud to announce that a Blade of Grass has been awarded “Best of Houzz 2020 in Design” from Houzz, our favorite web resource for landscape and home design. This award holds special meaning for us as we take great pride in the designs we create for our clients. If you have a moment, check out our portfolios and featured articles on Houzz and be sure leave a comment or like. And don’t forget to see our other awards.
For the past several years, a Blade of Grass has been contributing to Heifer International – an amazing organization that’s “working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.” Each year we give an amount based on our team head count and business metrics, and then an additional contribution for each client referral. We’re excited to relay that our donation for 2019 is: 39 flocks of chickens, 3 goats, and 1 alpaca! If you would like to learn more about Heifer’s programs, or make a donation, please check out their website.