President’s Notes December 2021

by David DeJohn, NHCLP
December 2021

Well, after nearly two years, we finally got back to having a Dinner Meeting on November 9 at the Puritan, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Eric Mitchell from Northeast Nurseries gave an excellent talk on “Painting with Light,” covering a bit of the history and technology of outdoor lighting and the ways in which lighting can enhance and increase the enjoyment of our landscape creations. Eric really focused on the art of landscape lighting, how the use of light and shadow can increase the dramatic effect of trees and shrubs as well as walls and pathways. We do our work and create our landscapes mostly in daylight, and our designs are mostly from that point of view, but Eric really showed us how proper lighting can extend the beauty and that view into the other 12 hours of the day.

Despite the intensity and difficulties we’ve all experienced this year it was great to see everyone at the meeting, and everyone seemed in good spirits and glad to get a chance to get together again. Last month I wrote about the thread of continuity that has run through the Association from the beginning and last night really reminded me of the Dinner Meetings we used to have at the Wayfarer in Bedford. It was the epitome of what this Association is all about: getting together to listen and learn from an expert, to talk and compare notes with colleagues, to talk about projects and challenges. Thank you to everyone who attended, and keep watch for information on the next Dinner Meeting coming up January 18 (see events).

In February NHLA member companies have a chance to show off their work to the public at the NH Farm, Forest and Garden Exposition to be held at the Center of NH/Doubletree Downtown Manchester, February 4 and 5. There are 4 10′ x 8′ spaces available and being offered for free. There are also Booth spaces available for a fee. This has usually been a very well-attended show so it is a great opportunity to get your name and business in front of the public. Anyone interested should contact: Kelly Bryer, Expo Manager, 603-960-0272, kelly@nhfarmandforestexpo.org. NHLA will have a booth set up to promote the Association and you, our members.

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving and have a great Christmas and Holiday season!