Be your own landscape designer! This intensive weekend course will teach you the secrets of ecological design; learn how to garden like nature! Capture and store water on your site, reducing irrigation costs; build soil and use plants that mulch, reducing your need for artificial fertilizers; and design more sustainable garden systems, reducing your maintenance and maximizing the yield and aesthetics of your property. Visit local examples of permaculture design, use mapping and site analysis tools and complete a guided design project. This course will challenge both beginning designers and experienced gardeners alike.
Permaculture design is rooted in agriculture and horticulture, yet is far reaching and interdisciplinary in nature, making connections to city planning, ecology, architecture, and appropriate technology. This course covers the foundations of ecological design and addresses how these concepts can be applied to both urban and rural settings in order to create regenerative landscapes.
The course will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for most of six weekends: Jan 29 & 30, February 12, 13, 26 & 27, March 12, 13, 26, & 27, and April 2. It will be held at the Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park, and will cost $770 for Phipps members and $850 for non-members. To register, call the Garden Center at (412) 441-4442 ext. 3925 or download our registration form.