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Ecological Landscape Design

October 25 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Online, Friday, October 25, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
In-Person, Friday & Saturday, November 1 & 2, 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

To design landscapes inspired by—and inclusive of—nature, it is essential to study design principles through the lens of natural systems. In this three-day course led by landscape architect Lisa Cowan and landscape designer and horticulturist Irene Barber, students will learn to identify and incorporate the components of ecological landscape design. Online and onsite, we will examine the systems influencing design decisions, practice environmental site analysis, and design conceptual plot plans for a selected site. 

Class Level: Intermediate-Advanced 


Materials needed:

Pencils, 11 “x17″ or 18″ x 24” graph and tracing paper, an eraser block, straight-edge (engineer’s) ruler, circular template, compass, and drafting adhesive dots.

Suggested reference: Integrated Landscaping: Following Nature’s Lead, authors: Chase and Davis


Instructor Bios:

Lisa Cowan, PLA, SITES AP, is the Principal and Founder of Studioverde, a leading nature-based sustainable design and consulting landscape architecture practice. With qualifications in ecological design, Lisa has successfully led teams through complex projects that resulted in collaborative design solutions that achieved multiple economic, environmental, and social benefits. She serves on the Executive Committee for the Boston Society of Landscape Architects and is an officer in ASLA’s Sustainable Design Professional Network. Lisa’s firm is nationally recognized for Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) leadership, a land-based certification program that employs a “green” rating system for ecological sensitive design and implementation in built environments. 

Irene Brady Barber is motivated by and deeply focused on connecting people to plants. A horticulturist, landscape designer, and Registered Horticultural Therapist, Irene manages the Adult Education Program and the Horticultural Therapy Program for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Upon completing degrees in human behavior and plant and soil sciences, in 2007, Irene began Greenscapes Design, LLC, designing landscapes professionally for clients. A lifetime student, Irene appreciates learning from people, nature, and the endless discoveries research offers.



October 25
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
$160 – $190
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Online / at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537 United States