Tabor Academy is known on the South Coast of Massachusetts and beyond for being a prestigious, co-educational preparatory school. Tabor’s impressive 88-acre campus is nestled next to the sea, offering stunning views from every perspective. With 69% of their 537-student body living on campus, it is clear that the campus landscape is of the utmost importance as it is the first thing visitors often notice. The seasonal elements that make the campus so captivating can also be challenging from a landscape and hardscape perspective due to the harsh and often unpredictable seaside environment. In the Spring of 2018, Greenscape was excited to take on the challenge and partner with Tabor Academy to provide our professional services to maintain and improve the well-manicured grounds on campus. Since partnering, there have been many updates and additions made to the stunning landscape.
Greenscape brought our expertise and attention to detail and began immediately with our first updates. We started with planting renovations at the Stroud Academic Center, Lillard Hall, Knowlton Dormitory, Daggett House, and the Admissions/Alumni building. From there, we moved on to working closely with Tabor’s in-house staff of licensed electricians and plumbers to automate and update the intricate irrigation system. The water used comes from a sustainable & replenishable spring thanks to Tabor’s forward thinking. Their dynamic outlook inspired our efforts to create the most efficient system possible. This undertaking was particularly important as the re-design created a more effective system that can now handle the unique seasonal needs of the property. Due to the upgrade, more property is being served using the same amount of water, which aids in the success of the lawn fertilization program Greenscape implemented, resulting in lively colors and plush turf areas. In continuation of Tabor’s sustainability efforts, we installed an artesian well purposed to further their water management program.
As the relationship and trust grew between Tabor Academy and Greenscape, additional projects were planned and implemented, and an excellent working relationship developed. Their faith and appreciation in our quality of work has been extraordinarily flattering & something we pride ourselves on maintaining.
The sincerest honor we have received is when we were asked to plan and build a memorial for a student who had passed away. We took on the request with the utmost care and attention, focusing on how to best honor the student, and rally the community. Additionally, we reached out to local vendors and suppliers in the community for their support. After generating various ideas, we decided to target a large area overlooking the water located behind Lillard Hall, the existing cafeteria. From there, a plan was in place to install a large raised paver patio with repurposed materials. Utilizing weathered granite and Native Boulders, we were able to capture the old town feel of the campus with brand new construction. Greenscape also used native sand and ornamental grasses to maintain the nautical theme the campus is known for. The memorial accurately represented the meaning & essence of what they were looking to convey. This beautiful space is a peaceful place to reflect upon the loss of a Tabor family member who had passed before his time.