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Discovering Garden Gems

Public and private gardens are a source of beauty and inspiration any time of year, but especially in the full bloom of summer. That’s also the time many of us travel to unfamiliar locales for graduation parties, weddings, and family reunions. During your travels, consider scheduling an excursion to a local garden.

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Community Design: How a New Pocket Park Came to the Near Northside

by Katherine Sargent Cairoli, MA, LEED An earlier version of this article originally appeared on OffCite, a blog published by the Rice Design Alliance, a community engagement organization based at Rice University. Not all vacant lots are the same. Some are nestled between residential lots and looked after by neighbors; some are littered and adjacent…

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Organic Turf Maintenance on a Large Scale at the Rose Kennedy Greenway

by Anthony Ruggiero Anthony is a panelist at ELA’s Large-Scale Landscapes Symposium at Wellesley College on January 18th, 2014. The Greenway is a mile-and-a-half-long public park that stretches from Chinatown to the North End in downtown Boston. It is a linear series of small parks that sit above the I-93 tunnel totaling approximately 15 acres,…

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The Spicket River Greenway: Habitat Creation at Manchester Street Park

by Brad Buschur The City of Lawrence, MA, has three very distinct rivers flowing through its boundaries. The wide Merrimack River flows through the heart of Lawrence’s Mill districts. The Shawsheen River flows northward through a small river floodplain forest. The Spicket River has been engineered to flow through residential neighborhoods, and the process of…

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A Master Plan for Garden in the Woods

 by Mark Richardson Garden in the Woods has inspired generations of professional horticulturists, landscape designers, and backyard gardeners alike to create gardens that look to nature for inspiration. Embracing an early 20th-century trend toward “wild” gardens, the Garden’s founder, Will Curtis, sought to highlight the inherent glacial landscape of this property in Framingham, MA, and…

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