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Ecological Landscape Design

September 29 @ 9:30 am - October 1 @ 3:30 pm

In this three-day intensive design class focusing on natural systems, or landscape design inspired by and inclusive of nature, landscape architect Lisa Cowan will introduce students to essential design principles. Landscape designer and horticulturist Irene Barber will help students recognize and incorporate the components of an ecological landscape design. Students will examine naturally occurring systems that influence design decisions, practice environmental site analysis, and design conceptual plot plans for a selected site. Instruction will take place online for days one and two. On day three, students will meet at the Gardens to critically examine applied design features that address ecological principles and components.

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 on complex projects that resulted in collaborative design solutions that achieved multiple economic, environmental and social benefits. Lisa’s work portfolio includes designing ecological spaces for the University of Cincinnati, Colby College, the University of Southern Maine, and Unity College, Margaret Chase-Smith Federal Court Building, in addition to multiple non-profit groups. 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 Cowan’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.

Horticulturist, Landscape Designer and Registered Horticultural Therapist, Irene Brady Barber coordinates CMBG’s Horticultural Therapy Program and Adult Education Program for gardeners of all levels and abilities. After completing degrees in Human Behavior and then Plant and Soil Sciences, Irene began landscape designing professionally in 2007. She joined CMBG in 2010 and her passion for connecting people to plants is carried out through her work in education, horticultural therapy at CMBG, as well as consulting and designing for clients under her business of Greenscapes Design LLC.

To provide safe, in-person classes at the Gardens, classes are held entirely outdoors and have been reduced to 12 students. We are practicing Maine CDC social-distancing protocols. Rain Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021

Reading for this Class:
Integrated Landscaping; Following Nature’s Lead, Mary Tebo Davis, Lauren Chase-Roswell, Katherine Hartnett and Marilyn Wyzga. 2012
This book will be available for purchase at the Gardenshop at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.



September 29 @ 9:30 am
October 1 @ 3:30 pm
$155 – $180
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Irene Barber


Online / at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
132 Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME 04537 United States
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