groundSwell Designs, LLC,is the recipient of the 2016 Landscape Design Award of Merit by the Perennial Plant Association (PPA), headquartered in Hilliard, OH. groundSwell’s project entitled Namcook: A Breezy, Coastal Summer Cottage (an estate located in Narragansett, RI) was recognized by PPA judges for outstanding design and implementation in the Residential Design Class.
“We are quite honored to have our work acknowledged by such an esteemed group,” said Shawn S. Mayers, principal of groundSwell Designs. “With windswept views of Narragansett Bay, herds of grazing deer, poor soils, blazing sun, invasive species – even wild turkeys – the site, albeit spectacular, was indeed a horticultural challenge. It is quite rewarding to have our vision translated into an award winning garden,” she added.
According to the PPA, the organization recognizes design projects from across the US that are “exemplary in use of herbaceous perennials to help create balanced and beautiful landscapes.”At Namcook,...
Few people spend long, lazy days in the garden this time of year. I can't blame them really, what with frigid temperatures and wind chill factors. But the few hardy souls who venture out in this time of year are rewarded with the site of winter birds feeding on the berries left in the garden. Holly, juniper viburnum and winterberry, usually used to "deck the halls" during the holidays-- all make excellent food sources for cardinals, junkos and other birds present in the New England winter landscape.