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Garden Design: Creating a Base Plan

March 18, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Creating a base plan for a plan-view design of your garden may not be the most exciting part of the process, but it is an all-important one! This in-person class will present and allow practice in how and what to measure for a new garden or multiple gardens before translating the information into a scaled drawing. During this stage, students will begin developing a design key and practice drafting skills. A scaled base-plan will be necessary to properly pursue further design stages and enable the designer to practice sketching with trace paper and explore ideas. Upon registration, students will receive a list of supplies needed to pursue their own design project and to have ready for this class.

Irene Brady Barber pursues her passion for connecting people to plants as a horticulturist, landscape designer, and Registered Horticultural Therapist, and manages the Adult Education Program and the Horticultural Therapy Program for Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine. Upon completing degrees in human behavior and plant and soil sciences, in 2007 Irene began designing landscapes professionally for clients in her business, Greenscapes Design, LLC. A lifetime student, Irene appreciates learning from people and nature as well as research’s endless discoveries.

Cheryl Salatino has been the principal designer and owner of Dancing Shadows Garden Design since 2002, a residential garden design and services firm recently transplanted from Massachusetts to Maine. Cheryl received her certificate in landscape design from the Radcliffe Seminars Landscape Design Program at Harvard University and an Advanced Certificate in Horticulture and Design from Native Plant Trust. Serving for several years as Chair of the Master Certificate in Horticulture (MCH) Board for Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association, Cheryl was honored with the President’s Award for her contribution in furthering education within the green industry. Cheryl teaches landscape design for students at the Native Plant Trust and presents a plethora of lectures to garden clubs throughout New England.



March 18, 2023
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
$60 – $75
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Bosarge Family Education Center
Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME United States