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Landscape Design for the Homeowner

Tuesday February 13, 2018
5:30 PM until 8:30 PM

“Sustainable Landscape Design for the Homeowner” -  is a comprehensive overview of the process of sustainable landscape design and organic gardening practices. We will use concepts such as right plant/right place, shading out weeds with ground covers, use of hardy natives, installing rain gardens and rain barrels. Whether you are a seasoned gardener with an eye for design wondering about updating your current landscape, or new to the world of gardening and landscapes and need to start from the beginning, you will be armed with enough knowledge to make decisions about how best to move forward with your own project. Every week includes a power point presentation of landscape projects, design solutions, favorite plants, succession of bloom, favorite trees, shrubs and perennials. 

Week One; Site Analysis - an inventory of the features of your property, including the house, garage, trees, paths, driveways, easements or even a bad view. Also includes things like soil conditions, wind, shade and sun, excessive moisture. For those students who wish to begin a drawing, bring Graph paper, pencils, measuring tape.

Week Two - the dreaming begins. In this step students have an opportunity to think about how they want to use their property. This includes planning for outdoor activities like children's play areas, a pool or pond, entertaining, and napping, as well as privacy, lighting, security and practical aspects like how many cars will fit in your driveway and where to put the trash cans. 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: Time to look at student drawings, Q&A, and additional power point presentations.


Claire Schuchman is a local landscape designer, Phipp’s Conservatory and Gardens, Master Gardener, and frequent contributor to the Mt Lebanon Magazine. Her garden has been featured on past Mt. Lebanon Public Library Annual Garden Tours and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s Open Gardens Tour. Contact her at Claire.CS@ExceptionalGardens.net. Presented in cooperation with the Mt. Lebanon Public Library Garden Tour Committee.

Location: Meeting Room A
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