The Green Alley, the Water Table, and the Ostrich

by Heather Heimarck Boston Architectural College’s “Green Alley” was built with the intention of creating a replicable model that would ameliorate negative environmental impacts caused by urban streets and high building density. Cities lack porous surfaces to return stormwater into the ground due to road, rooftops and sidewalks built with non-absorptive or impervious surfaces. The […]

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LandscapePerformance.org: Resources to Demonstrate Impact

by Heather Whitlow The Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is pleased to announce the launch of its new LandscapePerformance.org website. With 90 Case Study Briefs, over 100 Fast Facts, and dozens of Benefits Toolkit calculators, LandscapePerformance.org is sure to become your go-to place to find design precedents, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape […]

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Composting: Turning Garbage into Gold

by Tara Mitchell John Engwer, owner of Groundscapes Express, and Butch Goodwin, Operations Manager, led Ecological Landscaping Alliance participants on a tour of Groundscapes’ composting facility in Wrentham, MA explaining how compost is made and discussing the many benefits and uses of compost in the landscape. Through knowledge, training, and most importantly, years of experience […]

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Conservation and Preservation in Action: Working Hand in Hand on a National Landmark

by Lucinda (Cindy) Brockway This fall, The Trustees of Reservations will complete a five-year landscape restoration project of the Crane Estate’s Allée and Casino Courtyard located in Ipswich, MA. Thanks to the generosity and hard work of talented staff, contractors, community partners, donors, and volunteers, The Trustees carefully removed and replanted over 700 deteriorating, overgrown […]

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