Terra is awarded the design of the Family Adventure Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens!

March 2016 ~ Columbus, OH

We are excited to announce that Terra has been chosen from a national pool of candidates to design a children’s garden at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens!

The project kicked off in March with an on-site, week-long charette. Cindy and Rob, along with Jenny Pope, the Conservatory’s Director of Community Outreach and Education, collaborated with several focus groups to gather input on the theming of the garden. Local students and their families, board members, donor groups, and Conservatory staff participated in lively workshops to help hone in on what means the most to the Columbus community. The mantra for the garden became FUN – Families Unplugged in Nature! With this in mind, we set off to choreograph a family adventure unlike any other in the country. The garden will highlight the exquisite diversity and raw beauty of the central Ohio landscape, from woodlands and Paw Paw patches, to the drama of the Blackhand Sandstone bluffs and interactive streams of Hocking Hills.

But we decided that was not enough!  To enrich the experience and tie it all together, we have woven in a strong artistic thread that expands STEM to STEAM as families create their own ephemeral art in Nature Art Studio, offers playful aspects to artful storm water management components in the Wetland Labyrinth, and celebrates the glass art collection within the Conservatory by inviting local artisans to bring public glass art outdoors in the Rainbow Welcome Terrace.

No other family destination in the Columbus region offers this kind of interactive environment that invites us all to play and explore the beautiful dynamic of the Ohio landscape – come and visit in 2018!

Terra Turns Ten!

January 2016 ~ Pittsburgh, PA

Happy Anniversary to us! Terra has turned ten, a milestone that has us happily reflecting on our firm’s accomplishments and experiences along the way. Cindy is unwavering in her mission to create landscapes that teach, inspire, and succeed, principles she founded the company on in 2006. Even as Terra has evolved we remain driven by a passion to reconnect youth to their green world. We are so grateful for our clients, peers, colleagues and staff for helping Terra achieve this goal over the years! We are eager to see what the future holds, and hope you’ll be along for the ride with us!

Kingwood Center Gardens Approves Carriage House Renovation and Patio Garden Project

October 2015 ~ Mansfield, OH

Terra, along with The Seckel Group, The Acorn Group, and EMD Consulting Group, completed the master plan for Kingwood Center Gardens in August.  We were delighted when the Board decided in September to implement the first phase of the master plan – the much-needed renovation of the Carriage House and the creation of a new garden terrace, called the Patio Garden.  The Seckel Group is working to restore this elegant structure’s integrity, while Terra is creating a new garden space outside its double doors. The Patio Garden offers opportunities to increase earned income while introducing 21st century public garden topics to Kingwood Center Gardens:  artful stormwater, fruit trees and soft fruits, and permaculture concepts.

Terra is preparing construction documents with an expected Garden opening of Summer 2016.

East End Cooperative Ministry Community House Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

September 2015 ~ Pittsburgh, PA

The U.S. Green Building Council recently granted Pittsburgh’s East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) LEED Platinum Certification. The Community House achieved 56 points out of 69 possible points, comfortably surpassing the 52 point threshold for Platinum.

The EECM is a non-profit, interfaith organization of 18 congregations in Pittsburgh’s East End that have pooled their resources to offer community services including a homeless shelter and soup kitchen, youth education programs, and a recuperative care facility. In 2009 Terra was asked to join Perkins Eastman Architects and a team of engineers and community leaders to design the outdoor spaces for the Community House. Terra provided site and planting design services which employed native plantings, storm water systems and pervious paving in support of the LEED Platinum standards.

We were able to stretch the traditional definition of “sustainability” to that which is not only good for the planet, but for the people and profitability of the organization as well. Outdoor spaces were aggressively programmed to grow food; raised beds and a production greenhouse on the roof are joined by food production gardens on land as well. These beds, along with courtyard herb boxes, are planted by Repair the World volunteers and maintained by members of the EECM work therapy program, who use the skills learned on-site as job training for future employment. The produce from these food gardens is then used in the soup kitchen.

Congratulations to all who helped the EECM achieve such high standards!