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Wine & Design Charrette Series


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Landscape Design for The Community House

284 Bay Road, South Hamilton, MA 01982

November 15, 2018

7:00–9:00 PM

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Register: $20/person

All proceeds go directly to The Community House.

Each ticket holder will be eligible to win a Gardening Gift Basket including a $250 certificate towards landscape design services at Cole Landscaping

Meet Mara Robinson, ASLA at Wine & Design

Come to Wine & Design and learn about landscape design. Grab a glass of wine and settle in for a fun and informative charrette on the exciting process of designing outdoor living space. Meet Mara Robinson, ASLA, Cole Landscaping’s own landscape designer. Mara is a graduate of the UMass Amherst School of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. With over 18 years of experience in the field of landscape design and construction, Mara will provide us with insight into the process of design. She will also discuss how you, the homeowner, are an important contributor to the creation of your dream landscape.

What is a Charrette? (pronounced /SHa’ret/)

In the world of architecture, Merriam-Webster defines a charrette as the intense final effort made by architectural students to complete their solutions to a given architectural problem in and allotted period of time. Outside of the industry, it simply means a meeting devoted to planning a project or solving a problem relevant to all stakeholders. It’s safe to say that here won’t be any assessments at the evening’s workshop, but collaboration and conversation are highly encouraged. The charrette will focus on the Community House Front Garden Project.

The Tools of the Trade

Landscape Design is about shaping functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces where we can create long-lasting memories with family and friends for generations to come. The landscape designer really needs to understand their clients’ needs and ask all the right questions. Your outdoor space is an extension of your home, and it should reflect the same level of beauty and comfort as is within. At our Wine & Design event, you will learn the value of having a landscape designer to guide you through each phase of your project.

Important Considerations

Who will use the space and how will the space be used? At the Wine & Design event Mara will review the importance of scale and proportion. She will address minimum requirements for setbacks, driveway widths, walkway widths and patio sizes. The focus of this charrette will be to create a sustainable space for the Wenham/Hamilton community. This community space will be inclusive of all ages, cultures, economic and social groups. The goal is to create an area that is beautiful, meaningful and engaging for the people that will use it. Below is an example of steps involved in a particular detail for a client project.

Sketch of hot tub project
Sketch of whisky barrel inspired hot tub
Sketch Overlay of whisky barrel hot tub

Photograph of Whisky Barrel Hot Tub Patio
Whisky Barrel Hot Tub Completed

The Process

As Mara walks you through the redesign of the Community House front garden, you will get an idea of how you as a homeowner could collaborate on your own dreamscape. You will learn to ask the right questions to ensure that your project will fulfill its intended purposes.

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