Mary Ellen Flanagan, founder of the Newport, R.I.-based landscape design company, MEF Design, will discuss "The Five P's of Gardening on Boca Grande" at the March 7 meeting of the Boca Grande Garden Club.
Her talk will include landscape design tactics she has used on Boca Grande properties, including some included in the April Home Tour for members. The University of Rhode Island graduate has completed many landscape designs in her hometown of Newport, as well as the Virgin Islands and Florida.
Collaboration on residential, commercial and historical landscapes earned her positions on several boards and design review committees, including the board of the Blithwold Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol, R.I., the Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C., and several chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects, once serving as president of its Rhode Island Chapter.
Mary Ellen Flanagan
She has been a landscape exhibit judge and speaker at many flower and garden shows, including the Pennsylvania Flower and Garden Show and the Rhode Island Flower and Garden Show, and conducted a National Trust for Historic Preservation tour of the Roger Williams Park, a 435-acre Victorian Era park, for which she also served as a design consultant for its Botanic Center and its Japanese Garden Restoration.
She was also a design consultant for the Providence Waterfront Park, and led a tour of the area for the annual meeting of the Providence Preservation Society. She is a Fellow in the Edinburgh Scotland-based Quinique Foundation composed of members of Historic Scotland, Royal Botanic Garden and the National Trust of Scotland.
The meeting is open to members free and guests on a space-available basis for $25. Reservations may be made by calling Kay Ferland at 964-4162 and checks payable to the Boca Grande Garden Club should be sent to P.O. Box 807, Boca Grande FL 34293.