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Loose ends, planning & holiday time

November is predictable for the hard frosts and the leaves have fallen from most of our deciduous trees. The structural beauty of our trees is now in view. I like to consider the bark structure and texture of trees we use in our landscape design. Start to study these for your landscape. What is un-predictable is what weather we will have starting at Thanksgiving Day weekend. I have experienced ice storms and snow on that weekend and being the start of winter. This shuts down all outdoor construction. Have also experienced sunny, mild temperatures for the whole month of November and December. One year we laid sod along a new swimming pool the first week in January! Enjoy your Thanksgiving with family and friends.

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October News

The air is crisp, we are wearing layers of clothing while being outdoors hiking and working in our gardens. It is one of my favorite times of the year, as long as it not rainy.

My best prediction for best fall colors in the Berkshires is the 2nd week of October. In 2018 the fall colors seemed dull here but in Northern Michigan they were spectacular, while we were in Traverse City, Michigan and Leelanau County.

So enjoy your last days of decent outdoor weather. This is an excellent time to plan any projects for spring 2020!

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End of Summer, stirrings of Fall

New swimming pool that was started fall 2018 and finished for the 2019 Memorial Day weekend for a young family in South Berkshire County. Designed to accommodate large family gatherings, this 18’ x 50’ pool has a bench seat along the entire length (to the left side of image). Automatic pool cover keeps the pool clean of most debris and saves energy.

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The Hot Days of August

Richmond Farm, Richmond, MA is a property we created a master plan for in 2010 for the owners. From the MPlan a number of projects have been implemented in collaboration with the owners…

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It’s Officially Summer!

July is when all our favorite summer entertainment opens: Tanglewood Jacob’s Pillow Berkshire Theatre Festival Barrington Stage Mahaiwe Theater Williamstown Theater Festival Time to schedule dates with your friends and family and take a picnic to Tanglewood and enjoy one of the most beautiful public campuses around. My favorite places at Tanglewood include (we always use the Lion’s Gate entrance): Pre-concert picnics and sippin’ at the south lawn, which has a special view of Stockbridge Bowl and the Berkshire Mountains. Great play lawn for kids also. Don’t miss the Hemlock maze off the south lawn. The great lawn to listen […]

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Late Spring Headed into Summertime

Modern swimming pool with spa and architectural railing. Pool coping and terrace using Kodiak Granite. Mass plantings of mixed perennials in background by Rebecca Lamphere, Garden Designer.

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April News

Hopefully the snow and ice are gone…last March 2018 the largest snowstorm of the year occurred the last week of March and snow continued into the first week of April!
March 20, 2019 was the first day of spring and the anticipation of early spring flowers is in the air and migrating birds are returning.

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BEFORE & AFTER HOME LANDSCAPES PRESENTATION

BEFORE & AFTER HOME LANDSCAPES With Craig Okerstrom-Lang, RLA, ASLA Okerstrom Lang Ltd, Landscape Architects Saturday, March 24th at 2pm @ Ward’s Garden Center 600 Main Street Great Barrington, MA 413-528-0166 www.wardsnursery.com Craig will guide you through a series of designed and built residential projects with his “before & after” images while outlining the design and construction process. His Knowledge of native plants, climate change-hardy plants and unique ornamental plantings encourages a more sustainable landscape plan for the Berkshires. See Our Gallery

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Small Landscapes Before and After

Since starting our firm in 1990, we have designed and had built many different types and sizes of landscapes for our residential clients. We also design for commercial and institutional clients. While the larger projects pay the bills, so to speak, and these residential projects are typically lower in scope and budget, they are frequently challenging to get built for our clients, and the impressive difference between before and after justifies the effort. For some of these smaller projects, we complete them on a fixed fee, design-build basis. I get out there with my assistants and subcontractors and we get […]

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Scissor Steps Garden, Richmond Farm

We began working with our clients when they purchased what remained of an original dairy farm house and working barns in Richmond, MA in 2010. The former farmhouse was now a 2-unit apartment building and the milk house and large barn were in stable condition. We worked closely with our clients, Ken and Cathy, to create a master plan for improving the property over a 10-year period. That way, as funds allow, different projects can be built from an agreed upon plan. Features included in their plan:

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