These workshops will give you an introduction to designing beautiful, functional, and healthy yards that are rain smart and beneficial to nature and people alike. These workshops will focus on rain smart techniques and the best places to integrate them into your outdoor space, including:
- rain gardens
- naturalized landscaping
- infiltration galleries
- rainwater harvesting
- permeable pavement
- other aspects of healthy yards, such as attracting bees and butterflies
WORKSHOP # 2: HEALTHY YARDS 201 | PLANNING
- Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
- Design Exercise: 7:20 – 9:00 p.m.
This workshop is perfect for Do-it-Yourselfers who have an early-stage plan for their healthy yard and desire additional design support to fulfill their vision. We will build upon the concepts and principles learned in Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning and guide you through a more detailed design for your healthy yard project.
The workshop will specifically focus on project planning and planting design for rain gardens and naturalized landscapes, including topics such as:
- planting for year round interest
- the best plants for rain gardens
- materials calculations (i.e. compost, sand, mulch)
Participants will learn how to develop a design for a part (or all) of their yard and create a shopping list for plants and related materials required to implement the project successfully.
Come with a specific gardening project in mind, including its rough size and location. This could possibly be developed during the Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning workshop. We will develop a more detailed drawing of your garden during the workshop to effectively determine the number of plants and other materials you will require, so knowledge of the dimensions, sun exposure, and soil conditions (wet, dry, or moist or sand, silt or clay) will be helpful.