Natick Housing Authority / Jane Coutre
Natick Housing Authority / Jane Coutre

The Natick Housing Authority (NHA) has asked COGdesign to plan improvements at Cedar Gardens, a 26-building housing complex for elderly and disabled residents.The site has many areas with overgrown plantings, worn grass, and cracked pavement with poor drainage.COGdesign volunteers are creating plans for gardens with seating, wheelchair-accessible paths, raised beds for flower and vegetable gardening, and colorful, low-maintenance plantings.

Tenant garden at NHA Cedar Gardens / Meg Muckenhoupt
Tenant garden at NHA Cedar Gardens / Meg Muckenhoupt.

Many of Cedar Gardens’ residents are already planting in plots beside their apartments, growing sunflowers, tomatoes, hydrangeas, hostas, and bright annuals. COGdesign volunteers are designing attractive, low-maintenance areas where residents can walk safely, gather, and enjoy the outdoors.

COGdesign volunteer designers Aqsa Butt, Margery Stegman, and Jane Coutre are working on plans for this very large complex, which houses 260 residents.

COGdesign volunteer designer Aqsa Butt at the NHA Cedar Gardens complex / Jane Coutre
COGdesign volunteer designer Aqsa Butt at the NHA Cedar Gardens complex / Jane Coutre