Rebecca is one of the Northeast's leading designers, and has created over 350 Human/Nature Living Spaces in the last 10 years with sales over $5 mil. Her entertaining talks provide a unique hands-on view of the fast-growing field of biophilic design
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Rebecca is one of the Northeast’s leading designers exploring the intersection between Nature and Human Living Spaces. She specializes in landscapes and interiors that promote human wellness as well as ecological habitat, clean air and water. She trained as an environmental scientist and worked with EPA for 9 years before shifting to sustainable design in 2001. She is a VT Certified Horticulturist, a practicing landscape and certified green interior designer, and a WELL Building AP. As co-owner of Linden L.A.N.D. Group in Shelburne VT since 2004, she has designed over 350 green living spaces in the last 10 years with sales over $5 million.
Rebecca has been involved in several regional and national efforts to promote ecological landscapes including working with:
Rebecca is on the cutting edge of the latest green building standard, called the WELL Building Standard®, and is one of the first certified WELL APs in Northern New England. WELL compliments LEED and is the first standard to focus exclusively on the health and wellness of the people inside buildings, not just the energy performance of buildings, and addresses 7 concepts - air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Rebecca is also trained in Biophilic Design, a practice which is revolutionizing green architecture. Nature-infused spaces can result in people being up to 20% more productive at work, and up to 56% more relaxed at home. WELL spaces marry best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research.
In her entertaining presentations Rebecca provides a behind-the-scenes look at the rapidly evolving fields of ecological landscape design and biophilic interiors, and how we can bring nature into living and working spaces to reap these benefits.
What folks are saying:
"Your presentation was exceptional, current, inspiring, and brave. After your talk, I was ready to quit my job and come work for you. I so admire your integrity and challenge to us as landscape professionals." L.S.
"I've been working in the industry for 30 years. Thanks for switching gears on your lecture. Very informative and usable. The social aspect was awakening. The direction that you are directing the industry in feels great. I hope more professionals make the choice to follow your lead." W.M
"Thank you!!! I left (the conference) right after your lecture, with a tear in my eye and a little more hope in my heart. Thank you for that well composed and timely presentation.“
"I just heard you speak This is SO SO GOOD.
Thank you for all of it, But greening the green industry... that is the best!!! Thank you, thank you." P.L.
Rebecca's Top 10:
1. Nature Integration - The Future of Design
Learn how a fundamental shift in demographics, social consciousness and science is changing how nature is integrated into the design of our buildings and landscapes and how that will affect the future of the green industry. Specifically, Rebecca will describe the challenges of transforming how we approach design, our relationships with our employees and our clients, and how to maximize the opportunities that will be coming over the next 5-10 years. Topics covered include: Nature Attention Restoration Theory, biophilic design including common features such as green walls and creating views of complex nature, WELL certified Buildings, forest bathing, and biomimicry.
2. Creating Pollinator Gardens & Habitat Hedgerows
This presentation provides hands-on, technical direction for creating beautiful yet functional habitat gardens using two sample projects that were designed, installed and maintained by Rebecca’s firm, Linden L.A.N.D. Group. Specifically these projects were planned with regionally adapted native species for continuous bloom, nectar and pollen forage, as well as nesting sites. The location of the sites was selected to improve connectivity, and the structure of the designs was diverse, multilayered and densely planted to reduce maintenance and pressure from invasive species. Participants will leave with sample plant lists, quantities and suggested arrangements that can be adapted to their own sites.
3. Protecting Water Quality with Living Infrastructure
Water is our most precious resource, and yet water quality is decreasing in many of our lakes and streams, due to a combination of stormwater runoff and other non-point sources of pollution including agriculture. In this presentation Rebecca explains how landscape design can be used to increase water quality by increasing infiltration and slowing down runoff. Features to be discussed include: green roofs, permeable pavers and curb cuts, rainwater harvesting, bioswales and rain gardens, vegetative buffers, woodland restoration and lawn alternatives. Presentation includes detailed diagrams, and a discussion on the cost-benefit analysis of adopting green infrastructure for both municipalities and homeowners.
4. Layers = Low Maintenance Gardens
Most clients request a lush and attractive landscape that requires a minimal amount of input in terms of regular care. This presentation uses a residential case-study to describe how to achieve this goal using multiple dense vertical and temporal layers in both a meadow and woodland setting, and how the ecological design process differs from a traditional design. Topics covered include site evaluation, traffic flow, hardscape design and construction, species selection and layout, planting and maintenance techniques. The best take-away may be witnessing the evolution of the clients’ relationship with their landscape, and how Linden’s process is resulting in engaged stewards.
5. Successful Meadow Gardens
Join Rebecca as she walks through the process of designing, installing and maintaining meadow gardens that serve as an interface between the built and natural, are modeled on regional Native Plant Communities, are rich in biodiversity, low in maintenance, and still legible as intentional designs. She will cover the 4-layer “Rainer-West Model” as it applies to two meadows, one 12,500 SF and one 2,800 SF. Attendees will have access to plant lists, designs and inside knowledge of lessons learned.
6. Top 100 Native Plants for New England Gardens
Biodiversity is in peril in the U.S. and as gardeners we have a unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in restoration efforts. Learn about the 100 plants that Rebecca uses most in New England gardens, how they are organized into five plant communities, and then how to apply that knowledge to your own landscape. Specifically she will cover how to identify your ecoregion and native plant communities, how-to select native plants available in nurseries best suited for your site; and techniques for designing and maintaining native gardens that have modern curb appeal.
7. Ecological Landscaping 101 – Creating Regenerative Gardens
For centuries conventional landscapes have been designed and constructed with only aesthetics in mind, often blindly working against nature. Come learn how to create landscapes that are tied into ecological systems, have the potential to heal damaged sites and will result in vibrant habitats for both humans and wildlife. Topics covered include: healthy soils, biochar, compost tea, appropriate mulches, permeable pavers, rainwater catchment, biofiltration, rain gardens, buffers, green roofs, invasive species removal, native plants, lawn alternatives, natural swimming pools, organic pest and disease controls, the use of local materials, low-carbon machines, LED lighting, and green walls.
8. Let the Children Play Outside
The gap between humans and nature continues to increase - we spend 90% of our time inside, ¾ of the global population is glued to a smartphone, and 75% of Millennials say they don’t want to get their hands dirty. Scientists and Architects alike are realizing that in order to preserve the ecosystem that sustains us we must find ways to reestablish the human-nature connection – future generations will only care for something they know and love. This presentation describes the 4 keys to engaging children with successful Schoolyard Habitats, Outdoor Classrooms and Natural Play Spaces as well as specific plans, features and examples.
9. Well-Certified Buildings: Maximize Health & Productivity through Design
Happy and healthy employees are more satisfied and productive, and as a result are more profitable. Come learn about the latest green building standard (that compliments LEED), the WELL Building Standard®. WELL is the first to focus exclusively on the health and wellness of the people inside buildings, not just the energy performance of buildings, and addresses 7 concepts - air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind (including biophilia). It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research. Rebecca is a WELL Accredited Professional and will describe the process and benefits of certification for commercial buildings.
10. Bringing Nature Inside: Benefits of Biophilic Design
The world’s top companies are designing biophilic offices since this new approach can result in the savings of over $2,000 per employee/year in office costs from absence and illness, as well as a 15% increase in well-being, creativity and productivity. People sleep better and are 56% more relaxed in biophilic residences; students in biophilic schools have higher test scores; and hospitals could save $93 million due to more rapid patient healing. Rebecca will describe the key features of biophilic design including natural materials and patterns, complex but ordered landscapes, kinetic sculptures, atriums, water features, natural pools, swim spas, green walls, and how to incorporate these into spaces.