Collaborating with Richard Burck Associates, Offshoots is assisting in the development of designed plant communities and detailed planting plans for a Biotech Campus expansion on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Six distinct native plant communities respond to varied site conditions including:
- Woodland: Oak dominant tree canopy with acidic understory adapted to fertile soils
- Transitional Woodland: Edge condition with disturbed soils that in time will mature to a woodland.
- Rain Garden: Native wet and drought tolerant plants with phytoremediation properties to clean stormwater runoff
- High Shrubs and Low Shrubs: Native plants on low-fertility, salt-impacted soils next to roads and parking lots
- Pollinator Garden: Rooftop meadow to attract pollinators while providing manicured views from building interior
- At-Grade Meadow: Native meadow to replace campus lawn areas
Native plant ‘straight’ species will be used to the maximum extent possible to provide enhanced biodiversity and seed-spreading abilities. To create larger scale consistency throughout the site, “ribbons” of plants sweep through plant communities.