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The Foundation of Our Landscapes: Understanding Site Analysis and Soil
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The Foundation of Our Landscapes: Understanding Site Analysis and Soil


When: September 21, 2017
1:00pm - 4:30pm
Where: Cedar Hill
265 Beaver St
Waltham, Massachusetts  
United States
Meredith Gallogly


Soil is the vital but often overlooked foundation of any landscape. It dictates the drainage in the area, affects which plants will grow well there, and can even impact a site’s susceptibility to certain invasive species. Soil scientist John Swallow will guide us through the background a designer needs to know to make a landscape plan that is well suited to their site, and to develop a system of sustainable soil maintenance practices. He will describe how soils are formed and show us how geologic history can be seen in soil profiles, focusing in on the unique conditions present at our site in Waltham. He will also outline the different types of organic matter that are present in soils, explain why different soils hold varying levels of moisture, and examine the impact of microbes on soil. This workshop will also include a review of proper techniques for collecting soil samples, instruction on how to interpret standard soil analyses, and an examination of the hidden history revealed by the profile of a soil pit dug at our garden. Note: This workshop starts in the classroom and ends in the field Instructor: John Swallow is a Principal and co-founder of Pine & Swallow Environmental, a renowned landscape-engineering firm that has created soils for Lusitania Field at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the High Line in NYC, and many other projects around the world. He holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sponsored by Grow Native Massachusetts

$38 member/ $48 non-member


Participants will receive 1/2 MCH credit.

Please visit the Grow Native Massachusetts website for more information.


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