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Landscape workshop at Garvan

July 28, 2014

Today was the first in a three part workshop on landscape design at Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs. Bob Byers and I teach this class every other year and it is always a full class, but it is labor intensive.  Participants learn how to measure their yard, make a base map and then design a small section of their yard. In the class, we discuss how to assess the site, choose plants and then install and maintain them. Today we covered the basics of site analysis and took them out in the garden to show them how to plot out their own yard.

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We did classroom work as well as hands on. They also have homework assignments.  One is to help design a small section at the gardens which we will install week 3, and the other is to create a base map of their home landscape project.  They are divided into four teams to come up with a plan together for our group project. We had a lot of questions and interest and the day passed quickly.

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I did have a chance to make a quick run through the flowering border. The impatiens are thriving along with the torenia and the Japanese anemone are in full bloom, along with spectacular lilies.

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The temperatures were much more pleasant today with lower humidity too.  The forcast shows even more improvement as the week progresses.

I did have time to finish labeling and editing the Scotland pictures. If you want to view them, here is a link on Flickr –



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