Ruth Starr Rose Brings Home the Gold!
Congratulations to Scott Rensberger on the EMMY wins for Best New Series, Best Feature and Best Writing! Specifically, Ruth Starr Rose was part of the New Series category, so we are incredibly proud of this accomplishment. Special shout out goes to Barbara Paca, Ph.D for her tireless efforts in making this all possible.
Certificate of Appreciation Awarded to Philip Logan
Congratulations to Philip Logan for his work on the Waters United Methodist Church Restoration Project, completed last year.
Look for our Advertisement in the Venice Literary Guide!
Preservation Green Receives Honor Award from American Society of Landscape Architects
Once again The Horticultural Research Center and Oxford Think Tank is recognized for excellence in design, landscaping, and sustainability!
Official Inaguration of the The National Pavilion of Antigua and Barbuda at the Venice Biennale
Preservation Green is excited and honored to announce the opening of the National Pavilion of Antigua and Barbuda at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Dr. Barbara Paca, Principal at Preservation Green, the exhibition highlights the life and work of the Antiguan artist Frank Walter. The first black plantation owner in Antigua's history, Walter was an extraordinary character with a beautiful portfolio of thoughtful and provocative pieces. The Exhibition will be open through November of 2017, so make sure to come through if you're nearby.
Official Launch of Antigua's Government House Restoration Initiative
Preservation Green is honored to be a part of restoring the 200-year old architectural masterpiece in the heart of St. John’s Antigua known as the Government House. Preservation Green had the opportunity to meet with His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Their Excellencies, Governor General Dr. Sir Rodney Williams and Lady Williams for the official launch of the Government House Restoration Initiative.
Improvements at Waters United Methodist Church!
Preservation Green has been given the opportunity to improve the exterior and landscape of Waters United Methodist Church in Oxford, Maryland. Work will be done to improve the siding, windows, foundation; remove the chimney and dead trees, and repair walls and masonry units. Additionally Preservation Green will install new rain gardens with “living silt fences” at existing low areas and swales.
End of Summer Fundraiser for the McArdle School for Early Autism Intervention!
After a successful first year, The McArdle School has chosen Preservation Green as the architect to assist in their newest growth and development.
The McArdle School for Early Autism Intervention takes a therapeutic and individualized approach to education in such a way that best prepares students to live full and meaningful lives.
On September 17th The McArdle School will benefit from the fundraising activities of The Blue Bay Farm Festival, a fun historical Kent Island themed event for the whole family. There will be games and entertainment for all ages, delicious food from local restaurants, farms, and watermen as well as cider, local beers, and wine. See here for more information about the fundraiser.
CBS Coverage of a Woman Artist and Her Shared Community.
See this interesting story of Shared Communities and woman artist Ruth Starr Rose on Washington DC’s CBS-Affiliate, WUSA. Thank you Ted Mack for being the visionary who supported the exhibition, and Khrushcheva and Paca’s book. And thank you Brown Capital Management for having the vision to be the exhibition’s first patron!
Our Oxford Studio and think tank is blessed with a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Our meadow is currently ablaze with neon orange butterfly weed, which serves as the essential host to the monarch butterfly. Additionally, we have seven cultivars of the Maryland state flower, brightly colored cone flowers, as well as pale blue salvias, mixed with broad shouldered native grasses. These plants create a composition of great beauty and also serve as an important source of food for hummingbirds, songbirds, and beneficial insects.
Ruth Starr Rose Exhibition - A Homecoming
“Ruth Starr Rose, Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World”, toured recently at the Armory in Easton, MD. Preservation Green LLC assisted on the Planning Committee for the show, which was curated by Barbara Paca. We also donated 50 books to the public school system there to be distributed to the various libraries. Previously opening at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, the current exhibition runs through June 19th, after which it will travel throughout the state of Maryland. Ruth Starr Rose was a white, upper-class artist who spent many summers on the Eastern Shore. She produced paintings and lithographic prints in the early 1900s, recording African American life, especially religious life. See related publications here.
Documenting our Gold LEED Facility via Drones
A professional photographer stopped by to document our botanical achievements at our Oxford Think Tank for an upcoming story. We enjoyed learning about his work as a talented young professional working in a new field!
Creating Sustainability at the Historic Government House in Antigua
Preservation Green had the privilege of collaborating with His Excellency, Governor General Sir Rodney Williams, in creating a sustainable and aesthetically appropriate landscape plan for Antigua’s Government House. Thank you Anne Jonas and Arica Hill for collaborating to make this project a success!
A.E. Goodwin Faith and Hope School, Paynters, St. John's, Antigua
As one of our special philanthropic projects in Antigua, Preservation Green LLC is developing a new sustainable prep school for the A.E. Goodwin Faith and Hope School. Built on land donated by the Antiguan Government, the new school will provide four 40-seat classrooms, multi-use spaces, a library, staff offices, a teaching kitchen and its working garden, and bathroom facilities. The School will be equipped with solar panel arrays, water harvesting cisterns, grey water reclamation, wind turbines and constructed using an innovative locally fabricated system. The spaces have been designed to be protected from the sun and heat, and at the same time receive natural ventilation and gentle north light. Preservation Green’s vision for the school is to achieve LEED and Energy Net-Zero status. We hope this model will inspire others working on small schools in the Caribbean.
Cooling the Earth - One Roof at a Time!
Our green roof project in the East Village is now celebrating its tenth year. We have learned a lot and had a good time in this living laboratory, experimenting with rock garden plants, such as sedum and sempervivum; and low-growing native grasses. In addition to cooling the building and the neighborhood and processing stormwater, this patch of green is a beautiful “eye catcher” for the many able to view it from their East Village apartments.
Preservation at the John Wesley Chapel, Nr. Oxford, Maryland
We were honored to be invited to collaborate with the preservation committee to create an appropriate landscape to surround the beautiful historic John Wesley Chapel. Notable for having a racially diverse congregation in the early 19th century, this landmark has been lovingly preserved by descendants of the early congregation and community leaders.
Major Philanthropy in Southern California
Our challenge at Preservation Green was to work with private clients to create a legacy garden that sensitively honored the early 20th century achievements of two pioneering women landscape architects, and allowed us to fill in areas to meet the needs of our client. As significant philanthropists, the owners are generously bequeathing their private residence to the Huntington Museum.
Three Prototypes for Green Roof Opportunities at The Preservation Green Research Station in Oxford, Maryland
Fully committed to advancing green roof technology, we recognize that for many, this environmental feature is not economically viable. Therefore, we have provided two simpler green roof systems, to compare to the effectiveness of our conventionally engineered green roof on Mill Street. Hope you enjoy our photographs.
A Naturalist’s Garden
We regard it as a privilege to be engaged by some of the smartest people in the world. Such is the case with our commission to work with private owners to create a Naturalist’s Garden. The owners, both of whom have Ph.Ds, work in philanthropy, and also run a well-established family business that provides homeopathic remedies. Our mission was to create a garden for them utilizing specimens with medicinal virtue and preserving the aesthetic quality of their waterside property.
Project Update - 66 Reade Street
66 READE STREET
TRIBECA, NEW YORK CITY
This cast iron building in Tribeca's historic district is being converted into a mixed use residential and commercial building. Preservation Green L.L.C.'s renovation will include an additional sixth floor, a new elevator and stair core, and a fully remodeled interior. Once completed, 66 Reade Street will provide two ground level retail spaces, three single floor apartments, and two penthouse duplexes, each with carefully designed rooftop gardens and magnificent views of the new Freedom Tower. The project is under construction with an anticipated completion of Spring 2017. For more information, click here.
Our Living Silt Fence is Proving A Success!
Planted on top of what was formerly asphalt, chain link, and weeds, Preservation Green worked with the Town of Oxford and Wye Gardens LLC to create an experimental “Living Silt Fence” in 2010.
We are happy to report that our experiment has proven successful! This planting, which extends over 200 feet absorbed significant amounts of the stormwater that has deluged this low-lying area since time immemorial.
Comprised of the spellbindingly beautiful orange butterfly weed, native Virginia bluebells, and flowering tobacco, this planting has made Mill Street a destination for walkers to enjoy the sensitive planting. We also love it for it’s beauty, however, we regard it as a serious outdoor laboratory for horticultural experimentation.
Mill Street becomes Certified LEED Gold Project!
Congratulations to our team for the LEED Gold Certification on our Horticultural Design Center in Oxford, MD!