Tom Sullivan, Masters of Arts in Landscape Design
A life long student of nature and lover of honey and honeybees from an early age, Tom took a winding path to unearth his passion. He has organized community gardens, led teens on wild food hikes, worked on vegetable farms; was an intern at The Rural Education Center in Wilton, NH he helped give birth to Stonyfield Farm Yogurt; he has also led the Olmsted Capital Crew for the Emerald Necklace in Boston in an effort to revive Frederick Law Olmsted’s original designs and his crew won an award from the Friends of Franklin Park, Boston.
Tom is a sustainable landscape designer, land consultant, and educator with special focus on native bees. He designed the first pollinator habitat nursery in Massachusetts at That’s A Plenty Farm in Hadley. A beekeeper in his youth, Tom switched his interest from honeybees to native bees in 2008 after Colony Collapse Disorder emerged as he receiving his master’s degree in sustainable landscape design. It soon became clear how intricately tied whole ecosystem health and human survival is to the well being of pollinators.
Since graduating from the Conway School of Landscape Design in 2008 he had given over fifty talks in venues such as:
New England Wildflower Society
That’s A Plenty Farm
Berkshire Botanic Garden
Mass Horticultural Society
The Bee Project
Monadnock Beekeepers Association
Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Northeast Organic Farmers Assoc. Conference
Doing business as “Pollinators Welcome” Tom also gives workshops on nesting, foraging and life cycles of native bees. Tom’s focus is now on designing pollinator habitat as examples how beautiful and diverse habitat gardens and mini-meadows can become. His design at the John Zon Community Center in Greenfield attracts many people and is a shiny public example of his design abilities. This year, the pollinator habitat garden in on the Greenfield Garden Club Tour on July 9 th .