GREEN ROOF CLASSES: MARIE STELLA, Faculty, Landscape Institute, Boston Architectural College

Green Roof Tutorial: Somerville, MA

Friday, May 30    10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Registration Fee included with Green Roof Workshop

This tutorial will meet at a specialty green roof company, RECOVER GREEN ROOFS, in Somerville, MA. Gain insight into planting media, construction materials and products. Get answers to questions that have been perplexing you from Mark Winterer, GRP, Director of Operations.

Green Roof Workshop: Shelburne Falls, MA
Friday, June 20, 3:00 pm to 8pm
Saturday, June 21, 9:00 am to 5 pm

Try your hand at installing a green roof. Come to Shelburne Falls for a two day ecological design-build intensive focused on native plant material. The ‘Beaver Lodge’, a LEED Platinum residence designed by Marie Stella is a hands-on teaching laboratory.  Our session will introduce students to “The Sustainable Sites Initiative” guidelines, include tours of wetland and native plant nurseries, and culminate with the completion of a small green roof on a children’s playhouse. We will fully investigate the eco-roof, its periods of brown dormancy and question material choices—monoculture or biodiversity, mosses, bulbs, annuals and perennials. The green roof is a new part of the American garden. We must strive to understand its requirements and parameters. Bibliography for suggested study provided. Room and board is not included in the tuition. Detailed directions to the Beaver Lodge in Shelburne Falls, MA will be included in your course confirmation. Dormitory accommodations are available at Beaver Lodge Friday. Friday evening dinner will feature a potluck, often a culinary treat. Students are encouraged to bring their Saturday breakfast and lunch.
Registration Fee: $ 220.00

Friday, August 1   11:00 am to 12:30 pm

The 18,000 square foot roof garden at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston was installed in 1976 and is considered one of the oldest, still original roof gardens in the country. It was designed by Robert Fager, ASLA, who worked for the building architect, Hugh Stubbins and Associates. Frank W. Sellner was the landscape architect consultant for the project. He often told stories of interning for Beatrix Farrand and his work experience with Fletcher Steele!

The garden is on the fourth floor, 90’ above the ground floor with sweeping views toward Boston Harbor and the Seaport District. The garden is accessed through the fourth floor café and function rooms with large floor-to-ceiling windows providing ample views from within. The central plaza area is furnished with tables and chairs, popular with the lunch crowd on mild days as well as three clearly defined sitting areas, protected from breezes and furnished  with comfortable chairs. The roof garden has many specimen trees including contorted European beech, weeping white pines, numerous low growing crab apples, Japanese white pines and includes a specimen Japanese thread leaf maple. Many organically grown edibles are incorporated into the seasonal plantings. The FRB property has over 200 trees and a 60’ roof top greenhouse all maintained by the Bank’s horticultural staff.
This tour will be lead by Paul Kelly, Supervisor of Landscaping at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston since 1985 and Landscape Institute faculty member, Marie Stella.
Registration Fee: $35.00

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If you have questions:
Call MARIE STELLA, 413 625-2009 for more information.

www.Boston Architectural College/ Landscape Institute