Are you ready to take the next step in your DIY education? Do you want to learn how the pros approach natural garden design? Or how to increase artful, purposeful ecosystem function in your landscape that's attractive to both wildlife and people?
There are four components:
4 video classes
5 pocket guides
create your blueprint
critique from Benjamin
This series starts with 4 video lectures that help you learn the practical basics to natural garden design using native plants. They include:
Starting Your Native Plant Garden
An incredible diversity of resources to help you research and choose native plants for your landscape, how to prep the area, how to appeal to neighbors and wildlife, then a step by step plan designing a sustainable garden bed. (65 minutes)
Fundamentals of Garden Layers
In this section discover how to read natural plant communities and what lessons to bring home, how to use layers of succession (seasonal and year by year) to increase ecosystem function and decrease management (like weed control), and explore some of the plant options to fill niches in each layer for max aesthetic appeal and climate resilience. (55 minutes)
Introduction to Matrix Design
Suited especially for those new to natural design, learn how to lay out plants in a matrix style to create an artful meadow landscape with year-round habitat that requires less maintenance. (50 min)
Designing With Common Nursery Plants
Learn which species work best together and how to use plant behavior as a design guide. A perfect introduction for those new to resilient design where we let plants lead management -- within reason. (50 min)
This workshop series is designed for both the novice and intermediate gardener, from home owners to property managers to new design firms. There's no pressure. We recommend watching the videos in the above order and then working on the garden plan (which involves research).