Landscapes and Pancakes Podcast: Episode Two

"Size Doesn't Matter" with Guest Paul Camara. It's easy to get caught up in the idea that bigger is better. But keeping a company on the smaller side does have its benefits. Join Neil, Samantha, and guest Paul Camara in episode two of the Landscapes and Pancakes Podcast, as they discuss owning "boutique" businesses. Paul is known for his incredible detail when it comes to maintaining properties. A true craftsman…

Landscapes and Pancakes Podcast: Episode One

"He Said, She Said" with Guest Justin Peterson. In Episode One, Neil and Samantha Best introduce themselves and their inspiration for this podcast. They discuss their goals for the podcast, what it's like to be married business partners, and have a lively conversation with Justin Peterson, stone sourcer extraordinaire! Check out this new podcast for updates on the Green Industry, their projects, and for entertaining…

What's the Perfect Size?

How big is too big? Should your patio be smaller? Do you need something tall in that corner that you see everyday? Incorporating landscape elements that fit the scale of your home and property is key to a successful landscape project. Check out this video for an example of how we solved the question of scale in the landscape.

Taking the Plunge

Taking the Plunge

So you’ve decided to finally take the plunge and build a pool? Well good for you! Your dream “home vacation” spot awaits! But you might want to put on the brakes before you sign on the dotted line with a pool builder. And here’s why. Planning for the pool, the space around it, and the space around that, is the most important part of building the pool. There are plenty of contractors who can get…

Ron Burton Training Village Pond Installation

What some inspiration to start your week? Watch this video documenting one the most satisfying things we built in 2018, a project for the Ron Burton Training Village. Working with the kids and the Burton Family was an amazing experience. Check out this video they made of the project installation. Pay it forward!

Drainage Clean Outs

Neil discusses the basics of drainage clean-outs. Ironically, after posting this video, our own basement flooded due to clogged pipes someone else installed!

Giving Back

Giving Back

Last month we were contacted, out of the blue, by the Ron Burton Training Village to see if we would be interested in donating our time to build a water feature for a new garden they were installing.  Paul Burton, one of the Burton brothers, remembered seeing a water feature that we installed for the Boston Flower Show a few years ago. In fact, he was the news reporter that was sent out to cover the show. Paul is…

Some Kind Words From A Client

Interviewed 3 landscape architect firms. Magma Design Group provided the most interesting and comprehensive design concept. Very natural looking as if it had always existed. Working with Neil and Samantha was wonderful. Schedules and budgets were adhered to as promised. The execution of the project was flawless. We've received numerous compliments from family, friends, and people who notice and stop by. It's an urban Oasis in the city. Most importantly, the design and stonework is "artistically" natural and amazing. Neil really knows his trade and is heads above others in the business.