Shore Country Day School, Beverly, MA

Shore Country Day School in Beverly, MA, dedicated the JMMDS-designed Inspiration Garden in 2010. Created to honor the memory of several young graduates who passed away, the quarter-acre garden is a contemplative setting in the middle of a busy campus. Inspired by the school’s mascot, this landscape was designed as a miniature beaver meadow, complete with beaver waterway, dam, lodge, tunnel, and wet meadow plantings. The garden offers space for school gatherings, along the outside edge of the garden, and for solitary contemplation, with seating around the maple tree and under the lodge-like structure in the quietest corner of the garden.

JMMDS Project Manager: Erica Bowman

Landscape Contractor:
Matthew Foti Lanscaping & Tree Service

Beaver lodge and tunnel:
Mark Ragonese, Vermont Wood Artist


2012 Grand Honor Award for Commercial Design, Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association