the artistic possibilities
of designing with nature

Upcoming events

January 1, 2024 from 10:45 am

We are extending the display of Robert Shannon's retrospective untill the end of May 2024.  We invite interested partys to contact us and schedule a visit while the broad spectrum of our founder's contribututions are still on full display.  We can be reached at   For more information on the show please click this link.


Design and construct the man-made environment to be in harmony with the natural environment.


Robert Foote Shannon, Architect

Founder of the foundation in 1995, architect and GC of the buildings, designer of the landscape, and organizer of the foundation’s programs. BA Yale University cum laude, and M.Arch Yale University, Alpha Rho Chi Medal.  He also painted.








Lawrence Linder, Architect

Architect, artist and photographer, currently working on a sustainability project called “Density Bump”.

Executive Director

Matt Brader, Artist

Curator, program development, construction, maintence

Driector, Secretary and Treasurer

Steven Fellows, Master Gardener

Steven in charge of the maintenance and innovations required to keep our magnificent gardens and landscape.  


Jim Jackson, Artist

MFA Pratt Institute, NYC; recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Grants; author and illustrator of "Seeing Yourself See;" former consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art; college educator and exhibition designer. Drawn to a wide variety of materials and techniques, environmental and community arts issues.


Laurentiu Traineanu, IT

From Romania to the USA in 1984, studied mechanical engineering at the Polytechnical Institute of Bucharest, and a self taught IT specialist. Created a complete mathematical Model of a Gear Train Transmission at the beginning of his career and continued with writing and using his own CAD software while working for Fellows Corporation in Springfield, Vermont, till its closing. Worked as a self employed IT consultant since 1989 and he has been an IT consultant to the Foundation since its inception. An entrepreneur in many other area businesses.