Landscape Design Basics for Homeowners: CLOSED

01/25/2021 06:00 PM - 02/22/2021 09:00 PM CT




  • $149.00  -  Member
  • $159.00  -  Non-Member
  • $249.00  -  Member - Couple
  • $259.00  -  Non-Member Couple


This class is full. Please add your name to the waitlist, and we will contact you if there are any openings. Check out our one-day design class on March 27!


This class is full. Please add your name to the waitlist and we will contact you if there are any openings. Also, please check out our one-day design class on March 27. 


Five-Session Workshop: Monday evenings; January 25 and February 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2021; 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 11, 2021 

Cost: $149 members ($249 per member couple); $159 nonmembers ($259 per nonmember couple).  Price includes 15 hours of instruction, access to the class Google Site and resources (PowerPoint presentations, handouts, etc.), and a set of basic landscape design tools and drawing materials (shipped directly to you by the University of Minnesota Bookstore).


Location: Your Computer via Zoom; you will be emailed the Zoom URL 24 hours in advance of the first workshop session.


Required: Computer or tablet with internet access; use of a digital camera or cell phone for photographing and emailing your designs to the instructors for feedback.


This five-session workshop is your opportunity to learn the theory and basic principles of sustainable landscape design and how to avoid the landscape design mistakes that are commonly made by novices and professionals alike. Historically offered as an in-person workshop, we have worked hard to create an effective online offering as an alternative in response to the challenges associated with COVID-19. The curriculum is comprehensive and focuses on the landscape design process in a logical, step-by-step fashion to introduce the basic principles of sustainable landscape design. Importantly, the workshop has been specifically developed to allow participants to work on designs for their own properties by focusing on a portion of their property as a class project such as an entry garden, deck/patio garden, or other landscape space as a component of the broader landscape in order to learn and apply the basic principles of landscape design. Each workshop session will culminate in a hands-on assignment to be completed during the following week that will allow participants to put pencil to paper and apply the techniques learned to their individual landscape design projects in preparation for the next class and the next steps in the landscape design sequence. The workshop will also include opportunities for personalized critiques of your ideas by the instructors as you develop your designs during the course of the workshop.


Instructors: Julie Weisenhorn, University of Minnesota Extension Horticulture Educator, and Jim Calkins, Production & Landscape Horticulturist and Research Information Director for the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association; Julie and Jim are also former landscape design instructors at the University of Minnesota.

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