LAF Case Studies Investigation

The Landscape Architecture Foundation has selected Toby’s green roof and bioswale at Cornell Plantations for its 2014 Case Studies Investigation program.

The LAF's Case Study Investigations focus on the quantifiable benefits of innovative design.  With the LAF’s support, Cornell’s Michele Palmer and Mujahid Powell will measure the bioswale’s infiltration of stormwater, its effect on water quality, its educational effectiveness, its habitat value for pollinators, its sequestration of carbon, and the stormwater capture and energy savings provided by the green roof at the Nevin Welcome Center.

We're excited to be working with Michele and Muj, and we're looking forward to the publication of their results this fall.

 

Update: New bioswale photos here and here, plus a rare celebrity sighting here.

The Boylston Street Border - Spring Update

We are very pleased with the success of our Pilot Project in Boylston Street Border in Boston's Public Garden.  The shrubs, bulbs, and ephemerals have made a vibrant show of spring color, which we expect to get even better in coming years; the air-tool transplants of mature shrubs had a 100% survival rate and are looking healthy and robust; and the unobtrusive drainage strip has eliminated the persistent puddles of the past.

And now the Border provides places to sit!  The Pilot Project's three new benches have quickly become popular places to enjoy views of the Lagoon as well as outstanding people-watching.

We look forward to the construction of Phase 2, which will more than double the renovated area, this summer and fall.

Nyssa Gyorgy Joins Wolf Lighthall

Wolf Lighthall is pleased to welcome Nyssa Gyorgy as our new Director of Marketing. Nyssa honed her communications and marketing skills while working with clients from small business to the government of Australia. When she is not managing our online and print communications, Nyssa loves to walk in the woods with her crazy rescue dog, Tazie.

At Garden In The Woods

Early spring is a good time to prune shrubs—and the New England Wild Flower Society is a good place to learn how.  On Saturday, April 5, Deb will be teaching Pruning Shrubs with the Pros at the Society’s headquarters, Garden In The Woods. Spend an enjoyable afternoon learning how to direct your shrubs’ natural growth, and how to shape these living space-makers with skill and confidence.