Healing Spaces

Koletta & I went to a talk by Dr. Esther Sternberg, M.D. yesterday on her new book, Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being yesterday at Trinity Church.  She presented a sampling of scientific evidence on (1) the connection between stress and negative health outcomes, and (2) the stress-reducing potential of well-designed therapeutic spaces. Sternberg explained how simply looking at a beautiful view or image activates endorphin and opiate receptors in the brain, giving…

November Events

As the landscaping season winds down, there are many opportunities to start dreaming and planning for next year.  Imagine a space that will nourish the body and soul, while reducing utility bills! Healing Spaces:  The Science of Place and Well-Being – Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. Trinity Church (Copley Square), Boston.  Ester M. Sternberg, M.D., National Institutes of Health, will explore how surroundings—a theme park, concert hall, cathedral, labyrinth or garden—can trigger or reduce…

Natural Stone

On Friday August 28, A Yard & A Half hosted a seminar on natural stone for design professionals.  We invited Gavin Johnston of New England Native Stone and Charlie Precourt of Charles J. Precourt & Sons to speak on the types and uses of natural stone. We also built some display walls and paving (below) showcasing local stone products.  These will be permanently displayed in our yard.  Designers and homeowners can contact us to arrange…

Homeowner design course from Christie Dustman

Our colleague, designer Christie Dustman, is offering a 5-session design course for home gardeners at the Arnold Arboretum, starting next Tuesday July 7. Here’s the Arnold’s listing: Design Workshop for Home Gardeners HOR 282 Christie Dustman, Designer, APLD 5 Sessions Tue Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4 6:30–8:30pm [HB] Explore principles of garden design and develop a plan for a specific area of your yard. In this beginner-level design class, you will explore the…