Littleton, MA - Established 2012
The design process begins, in most cases, with an on-site consultation. This can take from one to several hours, depending on the size and complexity of the site. I talk with the owner(s) about their wants and needs for their outdoor spaces, and offer specific suggestions regarding how to achieve these goals. This discussion will be followed up with a report outlining my observations and recommendations, with photos or quick sketches as applicable. The consultation itself can be a one-time, "stand-alone" service; however, if the owner elects to take the process to the "next level" and proceed with a design contract, my fee for the initial consultation will be credited toward the design fee.
A thorough inspection and measurement of the area to be designed. Structures, terrain and significant vegetation are mapped as accurately as possible. Care is taken to create a painstaking record of existing conditions so that, back in my studio, I will have a detailed model of the site on which to base my design decisions. In certain instances, such as properties which include very steep or wooded slopes or natural hazards, such as rocky coastline, it may be prudent to have this done by a professional surveyor; I will advise the owner if this is the case.
Before beginning work on the design—usually prior to the site survey, and in many cases as part of the initial consultation—I will note details not just about the site, but about the owners as well. This information forms the project brief, a set of guidelines which help me create designs as individual as my clients, and best suited to their specific needs and wishes. All design contracts include delivery of a detailed outline plan, with at least one scale drawing to illustrate my proposed changes to the site. Elevation drawings, construction detail drawings, axonometric renderings and hand-colored plans may also be included. I do not use CAD or CGI; all drawings are the products of meticulous hand drafting.
If desired, and under separate contract, I can arrange to be on-site while the owner's selected contractors execute my design. As construction proceeds, I will observe and work with installers to ensure the resulting landscape and its elements remain faithful to my design and satisfy my client's expectations.
A New England native, I grew up in Woburn and Cambridge, Massachusetts and spent many years living in the Pioneer Valley area before settling in my current residence in Littleton, on the "Johnny Appleseed Trail" in central Massachusetts.
My childhood summers were spent at my family's retreat in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The woods there were my playground, where cold, clear brooks dance down fern-covered slopes of birch and pine forest strewn with lichen-encrusted granite boulders.
I majored in Classics and Art History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where I also studied German and Dutch.
In June of 2012, I graduated with distinction from UK-based Garden Design School's USA program at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts.
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This garden has been designed as a courtyard/entry garden for a brownstone or row house in one of Boston’s historic neighborhoods. Once a barren, paved parking space, it has been transformed into a formal yet intimate eco-friendly sanctuary. For the home’s owners and their guests, the passage from sidewalk to side entry is now a restorative stroll through lush, green environs offering a spot to sit and rest, and even pick and enjoy a fresh pear from espaliered trees. Change is manifested on multiple levels within this contemplative space. The journey through the garden is a transition from public to private space, or vice versa. The plantings will metamorphose with the seasons, providing an ever-changing view. Dense plantings provide a new habitat for native birds. A concealed rain water collection system reduces street runoff, and cuts back or eliminates the need to use public, metered water in the garden. Innovative applications of recycled and recyclable materials result in sustainable, high-end finishes. And, by its very creation, this garden embodies a shift to a more carbon-neutral future. It is projected that, by 2050, 7 out of 10 people on earth will be city dwellers. In choosing to do without a private car and convert vehicle storage space to green space, our homeowners are taking action to help minimize humankind’s contribution to global climate change.
The Boston Flower & Garden Show is on March 13-17, 2013. For more information, visit the Boston Flower & Garden Show website or download a brochure about "A Welcoming Urban Oasis". Don't miss a 360 panorama of the space.
"A Welcoming Urban Oasis", installation view with Stephen Procter vessel.
"A Welcoming Urban Oasis", installation view
Installation day, all shrubs in place.
"A Welcoming Urban Oasis", exhibit for 2013 Boston Flower and Garden Show, elevation view
Flower Show garden plan in its final version
Flower Show garden plan in its first finished version
"A Welcoming Urban Oasis", exhibit for 2013 Boston Flower and Garden Show, plan view
Plants for the Show garden are in the greenhouse at Weston Nurseries to begin the forcing process. With gradual warming and expert care, they will bloom in mid-March, about six weeks earlier than normal.
Steel work for the interior retaining walls
The timbers for the kick board have all been cut to length (one dozen each at 8' and 12') and are now ready to be drilled for the pegs which will lock them together
A couple desired to replace their undersized deck with a more open, usable one, with built-in seating and privacy enhancements. The redesigned plan makes the front approach to the Tudor style home more prominent and formal.
Complete redesign of deck and walkways, re-spec of driveway to permeable cobble paving
Elevation views of proposed privacy screen, entry gate, deck and built-in seating
Elevation view of entry
Isometric view of proposed changes to rear yard/driveway area