The landscape of Plimoth Patuxet Museums provides material to write a thousand novels or period pieces portraying the way of life and culture in America from pre-history to present. From Wampanoag storytelling and their encounters with Europeans to the arrival of the Pilgrims in the early 17th century, dramatic events and groundbreaking activities left an … More Mary P. Cunningham: a pioneering woman in landscape architecture.
Starting a new job requires a lot of time spent learning and adapting to new work cultures, processes, work flows, and how to tap into the two-way flow of institutional knowledge. Amongst climbing this learning curve, settling in with my staff and department as well as tackling projects, I’ve been dying to begin starting to … More Rediscovering Olmsted layers at Plimoth: first steps
One of my inherited projects slated to begin in spring 2020 is the design and installation of something called a humoral garden. For some context, Plimoth is a living history museum that depicts 17th c. life about the Colonial English community as well as the native Wampanoag people. With the former, Pilgrims coming over from … More Creating a humoral garden
After nearly two years in Washington DC stewarding a beautiful Federal-era property in Georgetown, I’ve answered a calling to return to my roots in New England- where i first learned to grow plants, explore designed landscapes, research changes in land over time, and observe how humans interact with their environment. This calling led me to … More Introducing Plimoth Patuxet
I’ve spent most of my career stewarding and preserving cultural institutions in some way or another. Lately its been historic properties. These are some of the most challenging typologies to work with due to their shear limitations. Historic districts, National Historic Landmarks, cultural landscape reports, wills, and other local/state/national regulations for properties designated as historic. … More Increasing Biodiversity in Historic Gardens
This post is a follow up to an earlier story I shared about my experiences managing an urban, historic public garden that was heavily infected boxwood blight in Fall 2018. As a recap, we were able to undertake successful mitigation and adaptation of the disease by acting fast, following best management practices, tapping into the … More Pivoting Boxwood Blight, Part 2
For this post I’d like to share the process and rationale of upgrading one of our garden beds at Tudor Place. Our East Lawn bed is a large planting border situated along the eastern edge of the East Lawn garden. This area, along with several other spaces and garden rooms, comprises of the formal North … More Lessons Learned: Display Bed Troubleshooting
In major construction projects there’s a lot of moving parts and variables to account for. It is the job of the architect, landscape architect, and engineer to communicate in their drawings how to successfully build their design. In this post, I’d like to briefly explain a scenario with our South Lawn cistern project that required … More Advocating for Heritage Trees During Construction
**This post has been updated 9/21/19** What’s been on my mind lately is prepping for the spring plant sale. While this is successful as a community event alone, we also aim to celebrate the heritage plants grown on the property. Additionally, we use this opportunity to generate revenue through the sale of plants. Materials that … More Partnerships through Figs
An exciting initiative to be working on at Tudor Place is the development of their Master Preservation Plan. In a nutshell it aims to address several infrastructure upgrades that will protect the long-term integrity of the historic structures and collections. I arrived just in time for the construction phase of the first project in the … More Following the Master Plan and Stay on Budget!