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NEWSLINE Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals JUNE 2018 The Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals elevates the professional standards and business success of its members through education, certification, advocacy, and networking . Joann Vieira Honored with Beacon Award “I treasure most the interactions with people: be it staff, volunteer, colleague in the greater horticultural community, or casual visitor to the garden. Without this human element, our work to connect people with plants would be pointless and far less joyful.” 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT Brian Paige, MCLP Paige Landscape Company, Inc. Wellesley, MA ~ Joann Vieira MLP President, Brian Paige, MCLP joins Pat Bigelow (right) in recognizing Joann Vieira at the Beacon Award presentation on April 17, 2018. VICE PRESIDENT Steve Davis, MCLP Bigelow Nurseries Northboro, MA SECRETARY/TREASURER Brian Churchill, MCLP, CSP The GroundsKeeper, Inc. Ashland, MA DIRECTOR Karen Kerr, MCLP Harrison McPhee, Inc. Millis, MA PAST PRESIDENT Cara Christopher, MCLP BrightView Landscapes, LLC Boston, MA EDUCATIONAL ADVISOR Mike Davidsohn, MCLP University of Massachusetts Stockbridge Landscape Contracting Program Amherst, MA MANAGEMENT TEAM M. Virginia Wood, CMP Peggy Benjamin Kristen Dreyer Carrie Martin Charissa Sharkey On April 17, 2018 Joann Vieira was presented with the association’s prestigious Beacon Award and it was a great night for the green industry. The Beacon Award was established by MLP in 2000 to recognize leaders in our industry whose actions serve as a guide and challenge to other members in the landscape and horticultural community. It is the highest honor MLP bestows upon a member. On MLP’s behalf, Pat Bigelow, owner of Bigelow Nurseries, delivered the award presentation speech. Pat and Joann are longtime friends and colleagues. The following is excerpted from Pat’s comments that evening: “I am honored and truly delighted to make this presentation to Joann Vieira. Joann’s horticul- tural passion and depth of knowledge, as well as her incredibly generous spirit, grew an embryonic Tower Hill into a widely acclaimed and nationally recognized botanical garden. Her expertise and energy has reached into dozens of volunteer and community projects, and she has selflessly given hours to nursery and landscape organizations. Like many of us, horticulture wasn’t the career path Joann initially chose. She began as a com- puter programmer in a water testing lab. Though positively challenged with the indoor work of problem solving and writing code, she was surrounded and intrigued by ‘outdoor folks’: biologists, botanists, ecologists, and naturalists. Looking for a pathway toward other opportunities, she enrolled in computer classes at UMass where she stumbled upon information about the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. And there it began. She instantly changed over from computers to a full course of horticulture with the help of Dean Dennison! When it came time for an internship, she secured a spot at Garden in the Woods. Then (continued on p.3) Smart business. Powerful connections. 8-D Pleasant Street South Natick, MA 01760 phone: (508) 653-3373 fax: (508) 653-4112