2016 BLT Founders’ Award

susan-dewey_websitePresented to Susan Dewey

for her passion for sustainable organic gardening in order to protect our fragile natural environment.

Susan Buffinton Dewey has been passionate about gardening and environmental concerns all her life. Before moving to Centerville with her family in 2007, after summering there for years, she maintained a large perennial and herb garden surrounding her home in Grafton, MA. As a member of the Worcester Garden Club and a Garden Club of America judge, Susan’s garden was featured in a Tower Hill Botanic Garden tour. She frequently wrote articles on environmental concerns for local newspapers and magazines, including Worcester Magazine, where she was an editor for several years.

After moving to Centerville, her interest in organic gardening blossomed thanks to her involvement with her son Dan’s organic land care company, Dewey Gardens. Serving primarily the mid-Cape area, Dewey Gardens provides full design, construction and maintenance services enhancing local environments with organic practices, using native plants whenever possible. The company has won awards at the Boston and Newport flower shows and continues to be committed to environmentally-informed designs—whether for small perennial plantings or full landscape installations—that make the most of the Cape’s natural beauty and fragile coastal characteristics. Dan Dewey, who lives in West Barnstable with his young family, has provided many hours of volunteer services to Barnstable Land Trust.

As part of Dewey Gardens’ commitment to organic gardening, Susan grows vegetables year-round in a 50′ x 20′ “hoop house,” which is warmed by solar heat and fertilized with home-composted leaf mulch and local manures. The hoop house was a popular Osterville Garden Club attraction where Susan led tours on the merits of organic gardening and the importance of sensitive practices to protect the Cape’s sole-source aquifer and our fragile coastal landscape.

A member of the Osterville Garden Club, Susan has served as civic beautification chair, design chair, and flower show chair. Her floral designs are regularly featured as part of the MFA’s annual “Art In Bloom” event and the Cahoon Museum’s “In Bloom” event. She also gives workshops on both floral design and organic gardening practices for area garden clubs and local organizations, and consults with local nonprofit organizations on best methods for foundation and landscape plantings.

Before retiring to work more closely with Dewey Gardens, Susan was the editor and associate publisher of Cape Cod LIFE and HOME magazines.

We are thrilled to honor Susan Dewey for her advocacy on behalf of the environment and the health of our community.

Barnstable Land Trust annually honors an individual, organization, business or governmental organization who has acted in the spirit of our Founders. The award is given “for having the vision to empower the people of Barnstable to preserve the essence of Cape Cod – its open spaces and natural resources, wetlands, woodlands and wildlife.”