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J E N N A W E B S T E R portfolio 198 Green Valley Road | Coatesville , PA 19320 | 413.207.1316 | jwebster74@gmail.com

landscape design • planning • graphics • writing


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DES IGN ETHIC S

S ELEC T PRO JEC TS [Larr y Weaner Landscape Associates] 04-07

Concept Plan | Celeste Project, Palenville, NY

[Conway School of Landscape Design] 08-13

Interpretive Facility Master Plan | Walden Pond State Reser vation, Concord, MA

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Revitalization Master Plan | Centennial Business Park, Peabody, MA

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Residential Landscape Plan | Conway, MA

RELATED WO RK Sketch Up rendering [for Larry Weaner Landscape Associates]

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Photography

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Writing | educational brochure

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Writing | publication excerpt

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Sign mock-up [for Larry Weaner Landscape Associates]

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C U RRIC U LU M VITAE

JENNA WEBSTER

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design ethics Now, more than ever, our world needs land use that honors people as well as natural processes. This ethic underlies how I approach design and planning at any scale.

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In our complex world, I believe that determining what is practical and wor thwhile in a project means first knowing how to identify the problem itself.

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Trained in analysis-based design, I engage in careful site review such that my design work is based upon a thorough understanding of the site, including its ecology, history, and context.

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These principles have been shaped and tested by the rigors of real projects. I offer hands-on experience as well as the creative and intellectual capacities necessary for achieving a positive difference in land use—whether at a residence or in a region.

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Celeste Project CONCEPT DESIGN Celeste Project [a non-profit dedicated to preser ving the native vegetation of the Catskills] Palenville, NY | Spring 2010 Goals: Interested citizens in a small town near the Catskill Mountains seek new uses for a vacant lot that honor both the region’s natural character and provide

Design solution: Feature three of the major ecosystem types of the region (woodland, oldfield, and meadow). Create a bioswale to infiltrate and treat runoff from the parking area and nearby roadways.

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Original concept by Susan Scioli. Drawings, photographs, and maps by Jenna Webster unless noted otherwise.

Palenville, NY

photographs by S. Scioli

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Context & Analysis. The site’s prominent location at the center of town and along two numbered highways give

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Plan View. The design transforms an unusued lot and celebrates the vegetation of the Catskills region. A woodland, small meadow, and patches of shrubs replace the deteriorating pavement and dilapidated building. In the western por tion of the lot, bioswales treat and infiltrate stormwater from the parking area and nearby roadways. Throughout, vegetation frames views while drifts of accent vegetation provide educational oppor tunities and enhance the aesthetic experience. A sign near the parking area orients visitors and informs them of the ecological and cultural significance of the species found on the site.. 06

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Varied Habitat (section A-A1). The design establishes plant communities characteristic of the forests, old fields, and meadows of the Catskills. The lot’s small size and level terrain enable easy access. Pathways coincide with biologically rich ecotones (the transition area between two plant communities), thereby providing numerous oppor tunities for observation and education.

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Walden Pond State Reservation INTERPRETIVE FACILITY MASTER PLAN Massachusetts Depar tment of Conser vation & Recreation Concord, MA | Spring 2009

Goals: Site an interpretive facility at Massachusetts’ most visited park, create a landscape plan with corresponding interpretive elements, and resolve the long-standing problem of safe, universal access to Walden Pond’s main beach. Design solution: Based upon analysis of three potential sites, the design locates the interpretive facility in a previously developed location with a powerful axial relationship to Walden Pond. A spiral ramp leads to a pedestrian underpass under Route 126, an overlook area, and a universal access trail to the main beach. Concepts by Jenna Webster and Aran Wiener. Drawings, photographs, and maps by Jenna Webster unless noted otherwise.

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Context Maps. Walden Pond is the local swimming hole for the metropolitan Boston region as well as an international shrine. Each year over half a million people come from across the region and the world to recreate, enjoy the pond’s natural beauty, and pay homage to the legacy of Henry David Thoreau, who lived by the pond from 1845 to 1847.

Summary Analysis. Each of the three potential interpretative facility sites considered must address the need for visitors to cross busy Route 126 and negotiate steep, erodable slopes leading to Walden Pond’s main beach. Views of the pond and surrounding woodlands from each site vary in accordance with topography and vegetation.

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Universal access spiral ramp with sunken garden Pedestrian underpass Overlook platform Universal access trail to main beach (trail not shown in entirety) Emergency ramp (currently the primary means of accessing Walden Pond)

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Design - Plan View. The interpretive facility is located at site C , an already disturbed location with a powerful axial relationship to Walden Pond that also offers a logical sequencing of the visitor experience. A spiral ramp leads to a sunken garden and a pedestrian underpass under Route 126. Visitors can then access a pond overlook and an on-contour ADAaccessible trail to Walden’s main beach. 10


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Looking east, toward the interpretive facility and through the spiral ramp and sunken garden (section A-A1)

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concrete ramp walkway & underpass entrance

trap rock gravel walkway

sunken garden/infiltration basin with boulder seating above loose aggregate

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garden seating

concrete ramp walkway stone veneer

Spiral Ramp Detail (section B-B1). The spiral ramp providing the half-a-million annual visitors to Walden Pond with safe, universal access to the main beach also functions as a landscape amenity at the hear t of the visitor services area. Soft mosses, textured lichens, and feathery rock-ferns adorn the stone facing of the ramp walls, providing visual and tactile interest and an ecological connection to the surrounding woodland landscape. The sunken garden at the spiral’s center, resembling a cool glade reminiscent of the woods Thoreau called home, acts as an infiltration basin absorbing stormwater runoff.

ramp & B1 garden overlook (lowmow turf alternative)


Jenna Webster & Aran Wiener

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Text Plates Embedded in the Walls of the Spiral Ramp. Plates of Cor ten steel inscribed with excerpts from Thoreau’s journals and the famous Walden are affixed to the walls of the spiral ramp. The font is purposefully small, creating the feeling of reading a book and encouraging visitors to pause and reflect upon the message of Thoreau’s writings. This landscape-based approach to interpretive elements provides a framework for use of comparable elements throughout the Reservation.

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Corten Steel Arch (section C-C1). As the spiral ramp approaches Route 126, a Cor ten steel panel rises up from the ramp to buffer visitors from road traffic. The panel’s unique texture and patina contrast with other ramp materials to mark the passage over the underpass entrance; from below, the panel’s arched form references the shape of Walden Pond as visible through the underpass.

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Centennial Business Park REVITALIZATION MASTER PLAN Community Planning & Development Depar tment City of Peabody, Peabody, MA | Winter 2009

Goals: Develop a long-range vision and revitalization master plan for an aging commercial and industrial park that unites the park’s infrastructure, architectural styles, and natural features. Recommend sustainable stormwater management practices and determine a potential recreational trail route. Design solution: Site and user analysis resulted in three design directives in line with project goals, including: 1) engage with and celebrate Centennial’s unique natural features; 2) develop multimodal access and circulation within and beyond Centennial’s boundaries; and 3) allow for permitted mixed use sectors integrating retail and corporate residential uses with existing industrial and commercial activities. These three design directives as well as the results of the site analysis were detailed in an illustrated 80-page repor t. Concepts by Jenna Webster, Micheal Blacketer, and Ashley Pelletier. Drawings, photographs, maps, and diagrams by Jenna Webster.

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Analysis | Wetlands & 50% Impervious Surface. Centennial Business Park is located 15 miles nor th of Boston in a highly developed region experiencing significant flooding and water quality problems. Half of Centennial is impervious, with much of the remaining undeveloped area consisting of constructed and naturalized wetlands. Preliminary analysis indicates that Centennial’s stormwater facilities are compromised and warrant fur ther evaluation. The Revitalization Master Plan contains a series of recommendations for how existing systems can include localized, vegetative measures to process stormwater runoff effectively on-site.

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playgrounds

improved sidewalks

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User Analysis. An online questionnaire helped determine the needs and interests of Centennial’s over 3,000 employees (selected results below).

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Desired landscape features (Results total over 100% since respondants could select more than one item.)

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Vehicle Accident Map (average of 2005-2007 data). Vehicle accidents were found to be commonly occurring near the entrance to the site for a new children’s hospital ( )that is expected to bring an additional 50,000 cars daily to Centennial, a 50% increase in vehicles per day in a concentrated area.

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Main Entrance Showcase (section A-A1). Design recommendations include the re-purposing of traffic islands in the business park’s main entrance. Planted with native shrubs and perennials, these islands can absorb stormwater and reduce energy use and maintenance associated with existing turf. New bus shelters ensure for more user-friendly public transpor t. Improved directional signs clarify wayfinding while banners announce events and initiatives (see page 15 for proposed events and initiatives).

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> REVITALIZATION MASTER PLAN

broad sidewalks modified building: protected from retail (level 1) multipurpose/corporate vehicular traffic residential (level 2)

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vegetative buffer

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Flexible Use Sectors. Current zoning prohibits retail in Centennial unless by special permit even though in an online questionnaire employees overwhelmingly requested restaurants and service amenities shown to make mixed-use business parks more competitive than those zoned for single use. Select areas ( at right) can be rezoned Designated Development District, an existing classification that allows for retail and places greater emphasis on smar t growth. Current infrastructure (below) can then be strategically modified to create mixed-use environments (bottom) near comparable activity. Centennial can thereby meet user needs without substantial zoning alterations or competition with the city’s other commercial areas.

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farmer’s markets

film series

geology tours

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monitoring phase 2

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Implementation Timeline. Execution of the Revitalization Master Plan is intended to occur in phases to reduce risks and initial funding requirements. Activities vary in intensity, with policy and infrastructure activities (see categories above) being the most intensive. The recommended Centennial Business Park Association (CBPA), a consor tium of businesses, landowners, municipal agencies, and the Chamber of Commerce, spearheads many of the activities.

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Rural Residence LANDSCAPE PLAN Conway, MA | Fall 2009

Goals: Improve the entry experience to the proper ty and the house, reduce summer solar gain to south-facing indoor and outdoor living spaces, enhance outdoor areas for enter taining, increase food production, and decrease maintenance associated with lawn care. Design solutions: The preferred design relocates the driveway for a more inviting, legible entry experience and uses vegetative and structural elements to reduce solar gain to south-facing indoor and outdoor living spaces. Food production areas are increased by 25% on land formerly devoted to lawn. Analysis also revealed that the site is a candidate for both photo-voltaic and micro-hydro systems.

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To reduce and off-set car use associated with rural living, the clients seek to produce as much energy and food as possible on their 2.2 acre property. liveearth.com

The entrance to the house is unclear from the driveway, and the view of the garage is unwelcoming.

The passive solar house and outdoor areas can be uncomfortably hot in the summer.

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Meadows on the slopes surrounding the house are visually pleasing but could be better managed for wildlife and to avoid colonization by invasive exotics.

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Preliminary analysis suggests a microhydro impoundment and turbine in the stream near the proper ty’s nor thern border could provide 5-10 kW (a 19th-century dam is extant).

Adjustments to the meadow mowing schedule enhance wildlife habitat and forage. Plugs of regionally appropriate native plant species increase meadow diversity.

The relocated driveway makes for a more inviting and legible entrance to the proper ty. An expanded front landing is more generous and can accommodate seating overlooking the lawn and gardens.

The new porch and vinecovered pergola above the walk-out basement shade the house on hot days. The expanded terrace allows for enter taining close to the gardens and the house.

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The compost and chicken yard are close to the house, gardens, and other activity areas.

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Expansion of the orchard takes advantage of the site’s topography and cool air drainage.

Expanded row crops on contour increase the food production area by 25%. Greater use of perennial food crops is recommended in order to minimize maintenance.

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Proposed Built Elements. An enlarged front landing creates a more generous and inviting main entrance. The proposed porch and pergola provide an outdoor living space convenient to the kitchen and living-dining room (vines trained to grow on the trellis can shade the porch and house during hotter months). An expanded stone terrace serves as a work and enter taining space convenient to nearby gardens.

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Access to walk-out basement

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SketchUp concept model for Larry Weaner Landscape Associates | Februar y 2010. A gravel pathway winds through a native meadow seeded onto what had been a construction staging area. Large, flat field stones, collected on-site, suggest exposed ledge, mimic the house’s strong horizontal lines, and help to integrate the pathway with the new meadow.

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JENNA WEBSTER

I use the camera to document the composition and character of native plant communities in a variety of contexts. My growing collection of photographs ser ves as an important reference and source of inspiration in the studio.

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Kennett Township Resource Prioritization Report

I am a skilled writer capable of using text to advance sustainable land use practices. I can author, edit, and produce a range of documents, including project proposals, grants, brochures, reports, and research papers. Two writing samples are provided here.

Kennett woodlands & Forests: past, present, Future If you had lived in Kennett Township 500 years ago, your surroundings would have been 95% wooded, with towering trees, a diverse understory of smaller trees, shrubs, and wildflowers, and a rich array of wildlife. Today, the Township is only 33% wooded, with the remaining woodlands in varying states of compromised health, as is evident in decreased plant and animal diversity, smaller tree sizes, and degraded soils. Our growing population depends upon these remaining woodlands for clean air and potable water. Woodlands in Kennett Township also regulate climate extremes and flooding, constitute an economic resource in the form of timber and firewood, and contribute to the Township’s scenic character. How we care for these woodlands affects the quality of our future and our children’s future.

Kennett woodlands & your water supply A clean water supply is essential to basic human health. In Kennett Township, 70% of residents rely on private wells for water. Woodlands, among their many benefits, help purify and recharge the groundwater supplies that sustain domestic wells. For Township residents not on wells, the quality of nearby municipal reservoirs is similarly dependent upon woodland ecosystems. Protecting your water, regardless of its source, means protecting woodlands.

Kennett township ordinanCes help everyone proteCt woodlands, hedGerows, & speCiMen trees

writing > EDUCATIONAL BROCHURE

Part of being a good neighbor is to know and abide by Kennett Township ordinances. The Township has vegetation ordinances designed to protect woodlands, hedgerows, and specimen trees, as well as our air, water, and quality of life. Changes to vegetation on your property must comply with these ordinances. Although landowners have clear legal rights to manage their property, local governments have a responsibility to ensure that mismanagement of natural resources does not adversely affect the entire community. You may view the Township’s vegetation ordinances (§1802F) at www.kennett.pa.us. Please contact the Township Office (610.388.1300) for more information, or to request a copy of Kennett Township’s Woodland Management Plan.

Page from a brochure for the Kennett Township Environmental Advisory Council. Since 2007, the brochure has been used to help educate new and current residents as to the value of Kennett’s woodlands, which are threatened by invasive species, mismanagement, and residential and commercial development. 28

Kedash Design (photography & graphics)

Kennett Township has shown remarkable vision on behalf of its natural resources. … Through bold actions, these resources, which the past and current generation value so highly, will be available for future generations to enjoy.


Working Waterfront, October 2004 (abridged)

Blackberr y Picking on a Maine Island Mainland berry growers experienced a poor harvest this year. Out on a Maine island, though, despite a cold winter and foggy, wet summer, the wild berries seemed plentiful whenever I went out with bowl in hand. Perhaps island berries are unfazed by weather. I do like to think that island berries are special. Berries out to sea are on a different timetable and tend to ripen later than their mainland counterparts. According to photographer Eliot Porter of Great Spruce Head, island berries taste better than any cultivated, commercial varieties (Porter also felt that berries are an island’s greatest edible gift).

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Of the Rubus genus, the blackberry plant is a hardy entity, which perhaps makes it well suited to life on rocky Maine islands. The plant comes in three types: the upright (the Comanche, Darrow, Eldorado, Ranger, and Snyder varieties); the trailing vine (sometimes called the dewberry, as in the Boysen, Marion, Young, and Lucretia

The Rubus species has a long history of medicinal uses. Native Americans treated back pain, stomachaches, eyesores, and dysentery with tea made from blackberry leaves and roots. American settlers regarded blackberry vinegar as a remedy for gout and arthritis. Other cultures have used blackberry tea to alleviate whooping cough and bad breath. Today, we know that the blackberry (like other berries) contains antioxidants. This summer and into the fall I discovered several new patches with plenty of juicy, shiny blackberries to fill my colander so that my family enjoyed shortcakes almost every night. A blackberry shortcake— sugared, mashed berries over a warm biscuit or scone, with dollops of whipped cream—is by far my favorite way to consume the juicy and crunchy blackberry. So highly revered is the blackberry shortcake in our household that we’ve been known to make double shortcakes (with two biscuits rather than one), served in a pie plate, as a combined supper-dessert. The double shortcake is quite a sight; one’s belly does feel a little distended though when full of that many seeds and that much cream. Other creatures seem to delight in blackberries too. Hornets can be found drunkenly clutching the globes of the plumpest berries; slugs and snails somehow find their way past thorns to a ripe berry. On my island picking jaunts I’ve encountered raccoons; perhaps people on the mainland meet that berry-loving mammal, the bear. I’ve read that in the Southwest, tarantulas have been sighted rolling blackberries into their holes. But for me the delight of a berry has to do with more than the taste. in an age when so much of our food is engineered, mass produced, and presented for consumption in shrink wrap, it’s satisfying to gather something that is wild and elusive. Working Waterfront (Oct. 2004)

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> PUBLICATION EXCERPT

Of the berries our Maine islands offer, the blackberry is my favorite to pick. The blackberry plant can provide berries for weeks—this year I picked blackberries from late August into early October. The blackberry vine also seems able to grow anywhere so that new patches are continually springing up, at the edges of fields, along the road, or in other neglected areas. A particularly popular spot is among “blow-downs,” a tangle of spruce trees toppled in winter storms, a common sight on Maine’s spruce covered islands. In a maze of uprooted trees and towering, thorny blackberry vines, picking can be a daunting task, often requiring a complicated balancing act—standing tiptoe on branches and trunks, trying not to be snagged by vines. (Ridiculous as it sounds, wearing a full suit of foul weather gear is one way to prevent thorns from tearing at your skin.) The challenge of picking blackberries makes a full container all that more gratifying.

berries), and the semi-upright, which has traits of both the upright and trailing types. At least 50 of the Rubus species grow wild in Canada and the United States. Although a diverse, capable plant, the blackberry prefers to select its own residence rather than be directed by the human hand. Indeed, cultivated blackberries are notoriously susceptible to disease (particularly the “orange-rust” virus).

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L ANDIS MILL ROAD MEAD OW beauty & benefit

Meadows feature a rich array of colors, forms, textures, and activities. spring

The cheery blooms of Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea) brighten the shadier meadow edges while in sunnier areas the delicate, snap-dragon like flowers of Beardtongues (Penstemon sp.) bob amongst the fresh green of native cool-season grasses and the more slowly emerging warm-season grasses.

fall

Prolifically blooming asters grace the fall meadow while offering an essential energy source for many pollinators. Seed heads on grasses such as Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) and Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) begin to glow, turning shades of red, orange, and yellow that persist into the winter.

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Summer brings a stunning array of colors, from the yellow giants of False Sunflower (Helianthus helianthoides) to the waving magenta haze of Purpletop grass (Tridens flavus). Insects and birds dart about, bringing the meadow alive at all times of the day.

management

When properly designed and managed, native meadows are beautiful, long-lasting, low-maintenance landscapes. Periodic inspection and annual mowing prior to the spring bird nesting discourage encroachment by woody species and invasive non-native plants.

Overwintering birds feed on fuzzy white seed heads of Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), which retains its distinctive upright form. Seed heads and stalks of both grasses and forbs offer visual interest and provide shelter for insects.

map | rules & regulations map

• Park hours are from sunrise to sunset. • Dogs must be leashed and waste materials cleaned up and removed. • All refuse is subjected to a carry-out policy. • Removing, damaging, or relocating any natural materials is prohibited.

Interpretative sign concept and text for Larry Weaner Landscape Associates | April 2010. I provided text and conceptual layout for a 36" x 60" educational sign included as part of meadow design and installation services for a township outside Philadelphia.

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The diverse native wildflowers and grasses in this one-and-a-half acre meadow provide a visually dynamic, lowmaintenance landscape that controls stormwater runoff. Once a common habitat type in eastern North America, meadows also afford nesting, forage, and cover for many desirable birds and insects. At the meadow edge, shrubs provide wildlife additional habitat.

a year in the meadow

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curriculum vitae

employment

LANDSCAPE DESIGNER WRITER

Designer | Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, Glenside, PA | 2009 - present [a full-ser vice landscape design & consulting firm] Provide all aspects of design and design support, including preparing proposals, creating concept designs, preparing planting plans and seed mixes, doing renderings and graphic design, selecting and acquiring materials, and assisting with installation oversight. Responsible for marketing materials, management documents and award submissions as well as programming design and support for the New Directions in the American Landscape conference series (held at Connecticut College Arboretum and Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania and Connecticut College. Research Consultant & Design Critic | Conway School of Landscape Design | 2009- present Research curriculum development and other special projects. Provide feedback on student plan sets.

education Master of Arts in Landscape Design | Conway School of Landscape Design [CSLD] | 2009

select design & planning projects Landscape Master Plan, residential property, Ghent, NY | Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, fall 2009 [under construction] Based upon site analysis, developed a landscape master plan to restore the natural integrity of a building site for a new vacation home.

Pro-bono 3-day design charrette | Positive Spaces Artist Group, Philadelphia, PA | CSLD, April 2009

Concept Plan - Vacant Lot Revitalization, Palenville, NY | Larry Weaner Landscape Associates (pro-bono), spring 2010 [obtaining funding] Created a concept plan for the revitalization of a .41-acre vacant lot to feature three major plant communities of the Catskills.

Revitalization Master Plan | Centennial Business Park, Planning & Community Development Dept., Peabody, MA | CSLD, winter 2009

Interpretive Facilities Master Plan | Walden Pond State Reservation, Massachusetts Depar tment of Conservation & Recreation, Concord, MA | CSLD, spring 2009 As part of a 2-person team, conducted analysis and developed a master plan siting an interpretative facility, resolving universal access, recommending materials and plantings, and outlining preliminar y cost estimates.

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Conducted site analysis and developed design alternatives for a vacant lot; designs presented at a community meeting.

As part of a 3-person design team, conducted site and user analysis and prepared a long-range vision and master plan for the revitalization of an aging 500-acre business park. Concept Plan | Inverbrook Farm Children’s Garden, West Grove, PA | internship, summer 2006 Mapped 12,000 square foot site, conducted site analysis, developed concept alternatives for a children’s edible forest garden, and created a list of desired plant species.


internships

prior professional experience

Kennett Township Land Trust | Kennett Township, PA | 2007

Non-profit consultant (grant writing, program planning) | 2002-07

Prepared a feasibility report assessing establishment of a 509(a) (3) supporting organization.

Clients included: Agassiz Neighborhood Council (Cambridge, MA) | Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia | Rosenbach Museum & Library (Philadelphia) | The Print Center (Philadelphia)

Environmental Advisory Council | Kennett Township, PA | 2007 Prepared text and managed production of a 4-page color brochure on woodlands protection ordinances and ecological ser vices of woodlands (brochure distributed to township residents).

Administrative Director | Agassiz Neighborhood Council, Cambridge, MA | 2001-02 Oversaw programming, secured grants, arranged events, and updated brochures to reflect universal access.

Natural Landscapes Nursery | West Grove, PA | 2006 Inventoried plants and assisted with propagation, pruning, and plant sales at this wholesale woody plant nurser y. Inverbrook Farm CSA | West Grove, PA | 2006 Assisted with propagation, planting, and har vesting at this community supported agriculture (CSA) farm.

coursewor k

[non-matriculating]

Botany, horticulture, drawing, & design courses | Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA | 2006-present [through the Certificate of Merit Program in Horticulture]

Herbaceous native plants | Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, Boothbay, ME | summer 2008

Inventoried and catalogued a 100,000-object collection, prepared exhibitions, identified conservation and cataloguing needs, made and defended acquisition recommendations, gave scholarly conference presentations, and conducted gallery talks and school programming. Teaching Assistant | Museum Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education | 2000-01 Assisted with all teaching duties and course administration.

published writing

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“An Ecological Approach for the Connoisseur Conifer Collector,” Conifer Quarterly (Summer 2010), with Larry Weaner. “Blackberry Picking on a Maine Island,” Working Waterfront (Oct. 2004)

software knowledge

Ben Shahn’s New York: The Photography of Modern Times, with D. Kao & L. Katzman, exhibition catalogue (Yale Univ. Press, 2000). Received the Krazner-Kraus Prize & the Choice Outstanding Academic Title.

Adobe CS3 (InDesign, Photoshop; introductory knowledge of Illustrator) | ArcGIS 9.0 | AutoCAD LT | Filemaker Pro | Google Docs | Microsoft Access | MS Office (including Powerpoint) | SketchUp 7

affiliations Hardy Plant Society – Mid-Atlantic Group Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)

JENNA WEBSTER

Permaculture Certificate | Yestermorrow, Warren, VT | fall 2005

Curatorial Assistant | Depar tment of Photographs, Fogg Ar t Museum Harvard University | 1997-2001

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JENNA WEBSTER

198 Green Valley Road | Coatesville , PA 19320 | 610.486.6139 | jwebster74@gmail.com

Landscape Design & Planning Portfolio  

selected landscape design and planning projects as well as related work

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