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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 at these creative ways to put gravel to work in your landscape.
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 retaining a low maintenance regimen for a 21st-century family.
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 June 10th, the Friends of Natick’s Bacon Free Library host their annual Blooming Books Garden Tour & Floral Design Raffle. This year’s tour will feature three beautiful gardens, where visitors can chat with owners about their garden designs and maintenance, followed by a cocktail reception and raffle.
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 be sure to read and add your thoughts in the comment section.
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 Boston-area design industry insiders with proceeds from the event going to the nonprofit partner Rebuilding Together Boston. Photo by Person + Killian Photography.
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 what you see.
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 we donated to this great cause.
New England Home sat with Blade’s Heather Lashbrook Jones to discuss design and maintenance strategies that will help you keep your garden looking great year round. From fertilizer to irrigation, planters to pruning, visit New England Home to see all of Heather’s garden care tips.
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 pm and farms can be visited in any order. If you enjoy local history, agriculture, and farm buildings, don’t miss this event! Get your tickets here.
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 spaces for our clients, and very honored to be recognized for our work.