Landscape for Life*

April 15, 2021 6:00 pm 8:00 pm
Thursdays: April 15, 22, 29, May 6 and 13

Discover ways to make your yard more sustainable and attractive to wildlife while embracing the ecosystem services that nature provides—erosion control, clean air and water, pollination, soil health, wildlife habitat and human health and wellbeing. Each week you will be asked to complete tasks related to building a site plan for your property. Through careful observation and analysis, this class provides the tools you need to enhance the ways you can bring the landscape to life while solving any problems that are uncovered. We will use your actual projects as case studies to explore creative design solutions while drawing upon examples of professionally designed spaces to explore a variety of garden styles. You will also see the sustainable practices and landscapes at Meijer Gardens during a special tram tour. This class is based on a program developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, US Botanic Garden and the American Society for Landscape Architects and is tailored for West Michigan by landscape architect and native plant enthusiast, Rebecca Marquardt. Includes 10 hours of instruction, a tour including a highlight of the Cherry Promenade in The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, and a portfolio with handouts, drawing paper and assignments.

(*) Applies toward MSU Extension Master Gardener education credit.

Instructor: Rebecca Marquardt
Member Cost: $125
Non-Member Cost: $135