Landscape for Life
Discover ways to make your yard more sustainable and attractive to wildlife while embracing the “ecosystem services” that nature provides—controlling erosion, cleaning air and water, promoting wildlife habitat, and improving 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 tailored for West Michigan by landscape architect and native plant enthusiast, Rebecca Marquardt. This class includes ten hours of instruction, a tour, and a portfolio with handouts, drawing paper, and assignments.
Class is limited to 20 students.
Applies toward MSU Extension Master Gardener education credit.
Instructor: Rebecca Marquardt
Member Cost: $125
Non-Member Cost: $135