When people come together in social spaces, ideas are shared and communities are strengthened. It was an honor to help build this pergola designed by my friend and supervisor, Ariel Von Raven of Symbiosis Regenerative Systems. First, the basic hexagon design was sketched out on paper using geometry based on a circle. Then the drawing was translated to the landscape using stakes, strings and paint.

One of the most useful tools in our repertoire are strings. For eons, masons have used this simple tool to create near-perfect circles, squares, rectangles, etc. They can also come in handy for leveling surfaces.

The next step was to set vertical 6×6″ posts in concrete in the ground, followed by the horizontal crossbeams along the top. After reinforcement and detail pieces were added, we turned our focus to the stonework.

When doing masonry projects, it is imperative that you start with a level surface (unless you’re doing terraces, stairs or some other inherently split level installation, and even then…) We used a laser level to get an accurate reading on the terrain, and after laying out the fire ring in the center, ran strings along the desired surface and built the pad up using road base and sand. Flag stones were puzzle-pieced together (the fun part) and after much meticulous attention to detail of stone placement and leveling, we added decorative river stones in the larger gaps, and then filled in the rest with polymeric sand, which hardens when wet. We carefully wet it down with a water hose, and gave it a few hours to set.

The final touches were added; a mosquito repellent system by Nutone (the little black stake near the post) and a 12V half-moon lighting system by Kichler and Voila! We hope this social area will be a community builder for our clients and a place to share love, laughs and good ideas!

Re-Greening the Deserts

Yacouba Sawadogo has been leading the efforts in Burkina Faso to reclaim the encroaching desert as a productive, biodiverse region by using methods such as tree intercropping.

Gardening for Coral

We love good news about the ocean! We found this great story about the ‘coral gardeners’ who are successfully restoring and protecting some of the world’s coral reefs.

Meet the Author, Sheryl Davis

I believe that one of the best ways to promote the environmental health of the planet is to communicate sustainability values and practices to children and young people through books, activities, and projects. I try to do this with my own boys, and I hope my Daniel McFly series inspires you and the children in your lives to help care for our Earth.

COP ’26 – Real Change, or More Talk?

The 2021 Global Conference on Health & Climate Change on Nov. 6, 2022 was billed as the “most important and far-reaching summit on environmental health yet.” But was it?

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Hi! I'm Daniel

I am busy everyday learning about the world around me and how I can protect the environment.

I can’t do this alone. I need you and your friends to help!

The Mystical Magical Abracadabracal Daniel McDougal McDouglas McFly

A great addition to your child’s bookshelf, a classroom and we offer bulk discounts.

I would love to get to know you. Like our Facebook page and keep an eye out for events, book signings, great activities and more!

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Arlington, MA 02476

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Arlington, MA 02476

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