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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 some of the recent highlights of our work, design awards, local events, Blade happenings and press mentions. For more Blade news, be sure to follow us out on Facebook and Instagram.
houzz design award 2020

Blade Wins Best of Houzz 2020 in Design | Houzz

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.

Giving Back to Heifer International 2019

Giving Back in 2019 | Heifer International

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.

First Annual Holiday House Ideas Tour | Southborough Historical Society

First Annual Holiday House Ideas Tour | Southborough Historical Society

The Southborough Historical Society Presents the 1st Annual Holiday House Ideas Tour. Saturday, November 30, 2019. 12:00-4:00 pm. Take a tour of some of Southborough’s finest homes, decorated for the holiday season. This is your chance to be inspired by great design and decor and get you into a festive mood! Tickets can be purchased at @atnumber10 during regular store hours or at the Museum on Sundays 12-2pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and all money goes to the Southborough Historical Society. Cash or credit is accepted. More information here.


Festival of Wreaths Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction | Sudbury Historical Society

Festival of Wreaths Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction | Sudbury Historical Society

Come preview the renovated Loring Parsonage, enjoy some holiday cheer and bid on a wreath donated by one of Sudbury’s own! The Historical Society is collecting hand-made wreaths from local businesses and community members. These wreaths will be on display in the Parsonage during the week leading up to the party (December 4th – 8th) and sold at silent auction to benefit the SHS. The auction ends during the cocktail party, so make sure you’re there to place the winning bid on your favorite holiday wreath! Space is limited, so get your tickets now!.

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees @ Elm Bank | Massachusetts Horticultural Society

Looking for some winter fun? The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Festival of Trees and Snow Village is a great day out for both children and adults alike. This event takes place from November 29 – December 15, 2019 at Mass Hort’s The Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley, MA. The Festival of Trees, displayed in the Hunnewell Building, offers beautifully decorated holiday trees that are donated and decorated by local businesses (that’s us), garden clubs, and individuals. Visitors “vote” with their raffle tickets, hoping to be the tree winner at the end of the Festival. For the young at heart, there are Santa Visits and other activities. For times and details, visit Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s website.


Wellesley Gardeners Guild

Deck the Halls Raffle | Wellesley Gardeners Guild

Those beautiful window boxes and platers you see at the Wellesley Post Offices and Free Library? They’re the work of the Wellesley Gardeners’ Guild – a small and very dedicated group of local volunteers. To support these projects, the non-profit is selling tickets to their annual “Deck the Halls” raffle. Each ticket is $20 and only 300 tickets will be sold. Among the prizes are two outdoor planters from a Blade of Grass, and many others from local designers and shops. To purchase your tickets, please email wellesleygardenersguild@gmail.com.

“This Old House” Landscape Designer Is a Girl Boss In A Man’s Field

“This Old House” Landscape Designer Is a Girl Boss In A Man’s Field | Exhale Lifestyle

Exhale Lifestyle has published a great article for women looking to break into the predominantly male-dominated landscaping field. With advice and tips from Jenn Nawada Evans of This Old House, Blade’s own Heather Lashbrook Jones also shares her thoughts on what it takes to succeed in the landscape design field. It’s a quick read and a must for anyone considering transforming their passion for gardening into a full-time career.

Boston Design Guide - Belmont Carriage House

History in the Making | Boston Design Guide

Our Belmont Carriage House project is getting noticed – a winner of the 2019 APLD Award for Residential Design, and this month a nod from Boston Design Guide. Architect Patrick Ahearn and our own Jim Douthit are featured in the article which includes several great shots of the property and dive into the strategy they employed both inside and out. We really loved designing on this property (and still maintain it) and hope you’ll enjoy reading about the design process behind it. You can find the article in Boston Design Guide’s latest digital edition, pages 28-31.

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