the artistic possibilities
of designing with nature

Upcoming events

March 21, 2020 from 12:00 am
The Foundation, like many non-profits will have a delayed schedule for visitors, which will depend on the duration of this pandemic. The gardens will be open after May 15th to individual visits with six foot distancing, in groups of no more than 4, unless otherwise stated on this website. We wish all well.
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 paints.


Charles Brewer, Architect

Professor of architecture at Yale University, Chairman of the Architecture School at Ohio State University and author of the Book "Moonhole: the Rise and Fall of an Island Utopia".


Lawrence Linder, Architect

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


Matt Brader, Artist

Artist in residence for 2018, and assistant programmer of activities.

Secretary and Treasurer

Steven Fellows, Master Gardener

Steven in charge of Landscape maintenance and innovations. He is preparing to begin work on the foundations rescape project, which will be documented on this website late in 2016.


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.

Mark H Van Note


Mark H. Van Note

M.I.T BS - Visual Design; Boston University MS - Occupational Therapy; Pratt Institute - MS Compter Science. A career spent mostly in the financial services industry as an IT consultant. Lifetime interest in art and aesthetics and more recently in sustainability.