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How to Design Landscapes


Turn your garden from drab to fab. Designing a garden with flare and interest requires not only an understanding of design principles and plant material, but also a little imagination. Learn how to convert your outdoor spaces into garden rooms and discover your garden's microclimates. This presentation discusses plant selection, creating a basic garden plan, and other key information to assist you in landscape design. Professional secrets on dealing with unsightly, difficult areas and reducing your garden maintenance will be revealed. Although you won’t go home with a complete garden design, you will leave with a better understanding of how to get started making your own garden fabulous.


Instructor Bio

Originally from England, Amanda Jarrett has gardened in countries from the far north to the tropics. Always an advocate of working with nature, she is a SOUL (Society of Organic Urban Land Care) certified Organic Land Care professional and has her Red Seal in Horticulture. The author of Ornamental Tropical Shrubs (2003), she is the coordinator and instructor for the Residential Landscape Technician diploma at Douglas College as well as the Organic Master Gardener and the Ecological Landscape Design programs at Langara College. She loves to teach the art of gardening to both professionals and non-professionals, and her garden consulting company offers advice to home gardeners and businesses regarding landscape design, low-maintenance planting, troubleshooting and organic methods.

Registration Requirements

Seating is Limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Unless otherwise stated, previous experience is not required to participate in seminars and attendees should be 16 years old or older. Seminar tickets are not available online.

Tools & Materials

All tools and materials will be supplied.

Food & Drink

Beverages are provided at our seminars and a light sandwich lunch is provided at all-day events. Please discuss any special dietary needs with the staff at time of registration. In an effort to reduce waste, we encourage you to bring in your own coffee mug and/or refillable water bottle.

What to Wear

We require that you wear closed shoes (e.g. running shoes) to all seminars.

Pricing, Cancellation & Rescheduling

  • Prices are subject to HST.
  • 48 hours notice required for cancellation refunds.
  • We reserve the right to reschedule seminars.