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.

Magma Presentation at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in February

Magma Presentation at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in February

Magma is pleased to announce that Samantha and Neil Best will be giving their presentation, 'Stems and Stones: A Love Story' at the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens on       February 19th at 1pm. Join them for a lively discussion about the mysteries of working with stone and how plants are the finishing detail to every hardscape. Neil and Samantha share humorous stories of working together as…

Some Kind Words From A Client

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Magma. I cannot say enough good things about them as professionals who delivered a quality product with a personal style. While a local, family business they operate with a perfect balance of big company professionalism and small business nimbleness.

 Our project scope changed and grew several times and they were always willing to discuss our new “greatest idea”, offer candid advice on how it would/would not work, might delay the project and/or increase costs. There were never any surprises, and with the exception of some unexpected weather delays, they delivered everything on time or early.

 My favorite part of the Magma team is that they approached the project from a professional standpoint with an eye of building with a “built to last” mentality...Neils’ stone work is extraordinary; it is truly a work of art. Watching him lay the stones one by one and ensuring that they fit every nook and cranny was like watching a master painter at work (and sort of fun to see if he could really find the proper stone for the proper fit). And Samantha’s passion for plants and flowers shone through at every stage; we had some tough conversations about removing trees that to a novice were just trees and to Samantha so much more, but in the end, we preserved the centuries of growth, created proper shade and have a beautifully natural looking space.

The Politics of Stone

This past weekend we took a beautiful family walk at a nearby bird sanctuary, a welcome respite from the crazy energy of today’s election. Surrounded by the beauty of Fall in New England, glorious woodland stone walls, and a crisp chill in the air, we ended our journey at our favorite café. Hot chocolate for the boys and fancy coffee drinks for us.   Upon returning home, and wonderfully caffeinated,…

Magma Offering Stone Workshop At Blithewold Mansion and Gardens!

Magma Offering Stone Workshop At Blithewold Mansion and Gardens!

What is better than a walk in our New England woods in the fall, immersing yourself in one of nature’s perfect landscapes, one punctuated by historic stone walls? There’s just something magical about the way these man-made elements weave their way around trees, up rocky hills, and down into wetland grottos. And if you are like most New Englanders (or even transplants from elsewhere), you’ve probably