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Eco-tour: Alumnae Valley at Wellesley College

May 21, 2015 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

$20 - $30
Photo Courtesy of David Sommers

Photo Courtesy of David Sommers

Tour Guide: Mary Coyne, Ph.D.

$20.00 ELA Member and $30 Non-Member Registration

From brownfield to green field is how the Alumnae Valley restoration project has been described. Join Mary Coyne for a walking tour of the landscape surrounding the newest building at Wellesley College, the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center and Davis Garage.

Landscape architects at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates worked closely with the project architects, to plan the surrounding landscape to complement features of the building. Contaminated soil found on the site forced many landscape design changes throughout the process; these design challenges will also be discussed.

Alumnae Valley "Before"  Google Earth

Alumnae Valley “Before” Google Earth

The resulting design provides a wonderful, changing, walking space with water conservation and use of native plants. The wetland — the central design element — helps to manage excess stormwater, store excess carbon, and provide habitat for multiple species of plants and animals. Almost immediately after construction, meadows appeared and cattails sprouted along the water. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates won the 2006 ASLA Design Award of Excellence for their design of the Wang Center Landscape.

The tour will focus on:

– Elements of landscape design
– Water conservation
– Brownfield site management
– Landscape design with native plants


Registrations are limited. Recertification CEUs are being sought for this program.

Mary Coyne, Ph.D., retired from Wellesley College in 2002 after 32 years as a faculty member. Her area of expertise was vertebrate physiology and cell physiology. After retirement, she sought a change and pursued her evolving interest in landscape design and horticulture. After taking a course at the Landscape Institute of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard, she was hooked and focused on obtaining credentials in landscape design. Over the next five years she fulfilled the requirements for a certificate in Landscape Design and graduated from the Landscape Institute/Boston Architectural College in 2010.


May 21, 2015
1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
$20 - $30


Penny Lewis


Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481 United States
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