Fletcher Hall Rain Garden

Location: The intersection of Palestine and Hurst
What's Near By: Lenna Hall

Physical Characteristics: 

Fletcher Nature Park and Rain Garden transforms a former parking lot into a functional and sustainable architectural and landscape complex. Fletcher Hall and the carefully selected plantings surrounding it in its series of linked filtration basins all work together to form a rain garden  - a designed landscape that naturally manages excess sediments and nutrients before they infiltrate the watershed. The Fletcher Garden processes and utilizes precipitation and runoff from impervious surfaces uphill (roads, buildings and parking lots), thereby improving the quality of water eventually reaching Chautauqua Lake. Fletcher’s roof functions to gather and direct precipitation to key outflow areas around the roof perimeter, where water then falls to the planted areas surrounding the building below. 

Architecture and nature in harmony

Architecture and nature in harmony

The plants selected and maintained here contribute to absorbing the water and utilizing excess nutrients that may otherwise fuel detrimental growth downstream. These plants, native in this region, have attributes that thrive in periodic wet conditions while tolerating dryer times as well. Root systems assist in dissolving excess sediments from road and parking lot run off. The variety of trees, shrubs and perennials provide nesting and breeding areas, food, and habitat for birds and beneficial insects that contribute to overall environment health as well. 

Together with the Kiblin Stormwater Management Park just downhill, Fletcher contributes to a healthier more efficient functioning of one of the Institution’s “mini watersheds.”

Historical Context: The building and garden were designed and built together. It is used as a performance space for voice and music students as well as the location for master classes taught by faculty and visiting musicians. The Chautauqua Foundation has information about the Fletcher's and their intention regarding this donation.

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Serviceberry, Redbud Trees, White Fringe Tree, Larch Trees, Spicebush, Spirea, Blue False Indigo


Milkweed, Coneflower, Hydrangeas, Lobelia, Sunflowers, White Fringe Trees, Liatris


Goldenrod, Asters, Milkweed, Bayberry Seeds


Red Twig Dogwood