Claire Schuchman will teach this three-week course geared to the novice. We will use the concepts of sustainable design like "right plant/ right place'; shading out weeds with ground covers; use of hardy natives plants; and installing rain barrels or permeable pavement.
Please bring: graph paper, pencils, ruler, package of different colored pencils, a few stakes and some 18"- 24" tracing paper. Students will benefit from having a plot plan or a survey of their property if available and pictures of gardens they like.
Week One (2/24): site analysis, which is simply an inventory of site features including the house, a garage, trees, paths, driveways, easements or even a bad view. Also things like soil conditions, wind, shade and sun.
Week Two (3/3): the dreaming begins when the students will develop a "program" which includes planning for outdoor activities like children's play areas, a pool or pond, entertaining, and napping, as well as privacy, lighting and security. These ideas will go on paper and be moved around like a jig-saw puzzle until the student is happy with the placement
Week Three (3/10): we take all that information and begin to put it into a realistic form using the scale of 1" = 8', on graph paper. Supportive materials covered during the three sessions will include a discussion on the five elements of good design, necessary tools to accomplish the plan and a time for practical questions and answers.
No advance registration is required, however participants should plan to attend all three sessions and bring the recommended supplies and information about their property to get the most out of this landscaping course.
Claire Schuchman is a local landscape designer, Phipps Master Gardener and frequent contributor to the Mt Lebanon Magazine. Contact her at Claire.CS@ExceptionalGardens.net. Presented in cooperation with the Mt. Lebanon Garden Tour Committee.
Course dates: 6:00 PM, Mondays, Feb 24, Mar 3 & Mar 10
The Mt. Lebanon Library Garden Tour Committee in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Rose Society will again this year host a society meeting featuring Bonnie and Art Bishop returning for the second year to present another tour of historical Italian gardens. Both Bonnie and Art are frequent travelers to Italian Gardens and avid gardeners. This presentation offers exquisite photography of the gardens, historical background of the sites, and tips for travelers to Italian gardens, as well as gardening ideas for incorporation into the Western Pennsylvania home garden. This program will be of interest to anyone who likes gardening, likes to travel, or just curious about Italy and Italian garden architectural legacy.
The gardens to be included in this new presentation are:
Villa Cicogna Mozzoni
Villa del Balbianello
Giardino di Villa Monastero
Ente Giardini Botanici di Villa Taranto
Villa Medicea di Castello
Parco Giardino Sigurta
Tickets for the Garden Tour will be available in advance for $15 per person or $20 on the day of the tour at the library.
At the library, tour activities will include the annual plant sale, free consultations with Penn State Master Gardeners and a Pittsburgh Rose Society Consulting Rosarian, and special promotional offers at The Book Cellar. All plant specimens are donated from local gardens, appropriate for our growing conditions in Western Pennsylvania and offered at discount prices.
All proceeds from this event benefit Mt. Lebanon Public Library.