Landscapes And Pancakes Podcast

Join hubby and wife duo, Neil and Samantha Best (owners of Magma Design Group, Inc.), as they discuss all things related to landscape design & construction, business ownership, & life! Podcasts are sure to be filled with honesty, laughs, and inspiration.

Keeping Your Mind and Body Healthy: With Guest Jane Viscolosi | Episode 10

October 25th, 2020

The Green Industry is demanding. We are subject to the stresses of weather, seasonal deadlines, and client demands. Throw in the physical aspect of what we do, and it's clear that our minds and bodies can be negatively impacted. Learning how to take time to treat our bodies well and give our minds a break is imperative to a long term career in this field. Truly, this is a lesson we have only learned (or at least implemented) within the last 5 years and it has been life changing. In our case, this came through the practice of yoga. Join us for a lively conversation with Jane Viscolosi, one of our favorite yoga instructors, about ways that we can all treat our minds and bodies a little bit better. Namaste!

Coming to You from Down Under: With Guest Joel Barnett | Episode 9

October 1st, 2020

We are really excited to post our first international podcast! We have long admired the work coming out of of Australia and were thrilled when Joel Barnett, owner of InStyle Gardens, agreed to record with us. Join us as we discuss what it's like to run a landscape company on the other side of the world.

Just the Two of Us: With Guest….no really, it’s just us | Episode 8

September 17th, 2020

Well, it seems like life got the best of us and we found ourselves overwhelmed with work (and lack of it), remote "learning," and adapting to the circumstances around us. It honestly did not leave much brain power to think about this podcast.

But within that space, we decided to take advantage of what life was throwing at us and took a family trip that was really the adventure of a lifetime! In this podcast, we'll take you on that journey with us. This trip had a profound effect on our thinking for the future and our world view.  Hope you'll join us and be inspired to check out the world around you. 

BadAss: With Guest John Hourihan | Episode 7

June 29th, 2020

Yup, we said it. When Neil broached the idea of having John Hourihan, owner of Vintage Builders and co-host of The Modern Craftsman podcast,  on Landscapes and Pancakes, "badass" is how he described him. And while there is certainly more to John than just a punchy attitude, he really caught our attention for his unabashed honesty in how he approaches his work, runs his builds, and his business philosophy. As a custom home builder with a keen attention to detail, we really wanted to explore how the business model of home construction is similiar to that of landscape construction and show the ways that each industry can learn from each other. John's take on the value of our industry, his insight into running a business, and his willingness to let Samantha vent a bit about builders, will leave you with your head spinning --it sure did for us (in a good way, of course).

Love, Peace, Patience, Humility: With Guest Paul Burton|Episode 6

June 11th, 2020

The world seems like a crazy place right now. But not all is negative. There are great people doing amazing work in our communities. A few years ago, we had the absolute pleasure of meeting Paul Burton. Paul's dad, Ron Burton Sr,. founded the Ron Burton Training Village in Hubbarston, MA. Ron's vision was to create a place where kids could grow and learn to become outstanding people. Using sports as a medium to get there, the campers commit to a seven year journey that teaches them to overcome life's challenges and to value others before themselves.  This is a truly magical place, and part of that magic stems from Ron's initial commitment to creating beautiful spaces in the village. He often said that "beautiful spaces bring beautiful thoughts." This is a testament to the power of outdoor spaces and is a reminder that the Green Industry plays a pivotal role in creating harmonious communities. Take a listen! This is truly inspiring!




“A Little Screwy” With Guest Thea Alvin | Episode 5

May 13th, 2020

"Builder, maker, dreamer. Not lazy." These may be the words that Thea Alvin uses to describe herself on her Instagram page (@theasunshine) but we'd like to add "innovative, humble, and superbly gracious." Thea is perhaps best known for her stone sculptures that defy gravity, but there is a whole world of work that she has created in her many years as an artist and stone mason. Her creativity seems endless and her connection to the landscape is intense. We hope that you will be as inspired as we are by hearing about Thea's journey and her philosophy about creativity.

The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get:With Guest Matt Hiner | Episode 4

April 24th, 2020

Nothing good in life comes easy! And that's especially true when you own your business. It takes time and patience to build up something you can really stand behind. In this episode, you'll learn a little bit more about Neil's beginnings in the Green Industry and will get some great insight into our guest, Matt Hiner, Owner of Hiner Outdoor Living. Matt has an amazing story behind the success of his business. Between his designs, builds, and kick-ass water features, you are sure to be inspired. And there may be a tip or two about making Bloody Marys! 

And Banjo Was His Name-O! With Guest Sara Bendrick | Episode 3

April 8th, 2020

In today's world of social media, it isn't enough to simply wish for people to find your work. Neil, Samantha, and guest Sara Bendrick dive into the pros and cons of the world of media and how it can influence your company and how your clients' perceive you. In her role as a landscape contractor, designer, and businesswoman, Sara also provides a great example of a successful business model that allows for maximum flexibility and shares how she approaches creating the perfect space for her clients. Lots of great energy in this one!

Size Doesn’t Matter: With Guest Paul Camara | Episode 2

March 24th, 2020

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 and Samantha and guest Paul Camara as they discuss owning "boutique" businesses.

He Said, She Said: With Guest Justin Peterson | Episode 1

March 11th, 2020

Neil and Samantha Best introduce themselves, their goals for the podcast, and have a lively conversation with Justin Peterson, stone sourcer extraordinaire! 

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