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Landscape Institute Alumni win 2013 Flower Show Award

Olga Martins, Darcy Paige, Dan Stephens and Suzanne Higham

Dan Stephens, LI Alum, celebrates at the opening with Katherine Macdonald, President MHS

Dan Stephens, LI Alum, celebrates at the opening with Katherine Macdonald, President MHS

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that Landscape Institute Alumni Olga Martins, Darcy Paige, Dan Stephens and Suzanne Higham were part of an award-winning exhibition team at the 2013 Seeds of Change Boston Flower Show.

The team, which represented Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Mass Hort), received an award from the US Department of Agriculture for the best exhibit staged by a nonprofit organization. Team members also included Mystic Scene Studio, Julie Moir Messervy, Paul Miskovsky, Marisa McCoy and the Mass Hort staff and volunteers.

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society, founded in 1829, is an organization dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture. The concept for this year's exhibit was to illustrate the evolution of Mass Hort and to demonstrate how Mass Hort has helped to shape the path of horticulture in the past and continues to do so today. Six areas of contributions were identified by the President, Katherine Macdonald: agricultural developments represented by Market Carts of 1829, the 1940 support of Victory Gardens and modern day garden to table project at Elm Bank; horticultural competitions and exposition displays (1832-current); window box competitions for urban children in the 1870's; the 1897 schoolyard experiment to improveme to school grounds; the birth of the garden cemetery, Mt Auburn (1831); and the gardens at Elm Bank represented by a vignette of Bressingham Garden (2001). These exhibits combined to express the social and scientific past as well as the future of the organization.