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Garden Design Workshop
Tue, 18 April 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM EDT
This complete garden design course combines weekly lectures with homework assignments. You will be asked to work through the design process using your own garden. At the end of the course you will have a complete, documented design plan that you can either implement yourself, or have a landscape contractor do it for you.
The course will show you how to analyse your current property, prepare a site plan, and determine your requirements and design preferences. It will then help you understand design concepts which can be incorporated into your final garden plan. The course includes a workbook with assignments to make everything very hand on. During the 4 week course you will develop a garden design for your own property.
The course is focused on the design process and not on implementation ie it does not teach you how to lay bricks. No previous design experience is required.
Duration: 4 weeks, 2 hours per week, Tuesday nights
Week 1 – Understanding the design process
Garden design will be defined and the role of various professionals will be discussed. The main focus of week one is to teach you how to evaluate your current garden situation, and how to prepare a site plan.
Homework: make a drawing of your current site, create a sun-shade drawing, and start looking at possible garden designs to better understand your own wants and needs.
Week 2– Define garden goals and develop a garden layout
Discuss garden styles to start understanding your personal preferences. Develop an understanding of functional requirements and learn how to create a garden layout.
Homework: develop your own functional list and personal preferences; create a bubble diagram and a preliminary garden layout
Week 3 – Convert a garden layout into a garden plan
Discuss Key design elements such as drainage, utilities, focal points, main features, and views. Learn how to refine the garden layout and convert it into a garden plan.
Homework: develop a garden plan and start adding details
Week 4 – Complete the garden plan
Discuss Key design elements such as plants, and hardscape. Learn how to create a finished garden plan.
Homework: make a list of plants, review hardscape options and finish the garden plan.
A Master Gardener will be on hand, before and after the meeting to answer any of your gardening questions.