SUSTAINABLE HOME AND LANDSCAPE: FIELD STUDY Integrating the Responsibly Managed Sustainable Landscape with an Energy Efficient Home 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:                                                                                     Module: Summer, 8 weeks, 3 hours a week (total 24 hours)                                    Come to Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, for a three day intensive module in the foothills of the Berkshires. This course will explore the Beaver Lodge, a residence designed by Marie Stella. LEED certified PLATINUM. This hands-on laboratory setting will offer course work in the promotion of sustainability, innovative use of native plant materials, construction of rain gardens, green roofs, vegetated walls, rainwater harvesting, use of local green materials and organic vegetable gardening. Offsite visits to a local quarry and to native plant and wetland plant nurseries will be included. 

Sustainable Home and Landscape: Field Study

3:00PM Meet in Amherst, MA
New England Wetland Plants, choose plants for rain garden

5:00-6:00 Tour of The Beaver Lodge’s sustainable features

6:00 Mongolian Fire Pot Dinner and pot luck

7:00-8:00 Going Green – Power Point Lecture (1 Hr.)

8:00-8:45AM Breakfast Buffet

9:00 Carpool to Nasami Farm – New England Wildflower Society,
Whatley, MA native plant specialist

11:15 Tour Ashfield Stone Quarry with Johanna Pratt, Owner

12:30-1:30 Lunch / Country style picnic

1:30PM At the Beaver Lodge: Hands on applications

• Begin the installation of a Rain Garden
• Construct a sample Vegetated Wall on coir
• Review Green Roof Techniques for application on Children’s Fairie House

4:30 Tour the quaint village of Shelburne Falls (10 minutes away),
visit The Bridge of Flowers, discuss the sense of place and plant

8:00-8:45 Breakfast buffet

9:00 Visit a nearby straw bale house with a naturalized vegetated green

9:30-10:30 Lecture Sustainable Landscape: Garden for the 21st century
(1 hour)

10:30-12:30 Chris Rawlings (natural pool designer), Power Point Lecture (30
minutes). On site analysis
` of natural pool construction with regeneration area.

12:30-1:30 Picnic lunch al fresco

1:45-2:15 Discovery Channel (20 minutes) Planet Green TV coverage of the
Beaver Lodge

2:30 Unwind with ‘Wind Conversation’ (5 minutes) DVD of the Beaver

3:00-5:00 Richard Richardson, Environmental Art Tour
Good Time Stove Co. Route 112, Goshen, MA 01032

Visit the garden of Artist, Richard Richardson, which integrates
reclaimed, recycled and resourced materials with locally available
natural mica schist stone