When the law firm Curran & Berger moved into a historic building in downtown Northampton, MA, they approached Regenerative Design Group with a vision of an entry that welcomed clients and urban pollinators, while reducing the amount of water entering the stormwater sewer system. Despite having only a narrow four-foot wide strip of land around their new building, they wanted to maximize its potential and create a model ecological landscape.
This project was led by associate designer Rachel Lindsay. Together with Bas Gutwein, they designed and installed an automatic irrigation system fed by rainwater runoff from the roof of the building. The rainwater collection system, part of which utilizes recycled agricultural tanks, captures over 300 gallons of water during a one-inch storm, and slowly releases it in the garden through soaker hoses. The perennial garden includes both larval host plants and nectar plants for monarchs, swallowtails, and other New England butterflies.