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Introduction to Professional Practice

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Gain a working understanding of the initial phases of a landscape design project. Learn to begin and carry the project through conceptual design, including site measurements, base maps, site analysis, programming, functional use diagrams, conceptual design plans, and preliminary cost estimates.  Prerequisite: Graphics should be completed or...

Wednesday Jan 8th, 6:30pm - 9pm

  (13 sessions)
$599

13 sessions

Garden Design Implementation

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

You have the design; you have the client; you have the funding—now what? Lectures will focus on the steps necessary to carry a project from a finished design through to a built landscape. Course projects will include the preparation of construction details and documents, technical specifications, and cost estimates.  Prerequisites: Graphics...

Wednesday Jan 8th, 6:30pm - 9pm

  (10 sessions)
$562

10 sessions

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Graphics

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Come learn the basic principles of landscape design illustration. This balanced and rewarding class provides an exciting introduction to the three basic areas of drawing communication: plans, elevations, and perspectives. Discover how to express your ideas using effective and enriched presentation techniques. Professional time-saving shortcuts, the...

Thursday Jan 9th, 6:30pm - 9pm

  (12 sessions)
$619

12 sessions

Introduction to Design Principles

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

This workshop introduces and reviews the landscape design process of site analysis, conceptual design, and evaluations, based on such landscape-design principles as balance, symmetry, proportion, scale, and unity. Looking at plant combinations and landscape features, you will learn about color, texture, line, form, and methods of creating garden s...

Tuesday Feb 4th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Foundation Planting Design

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Whether old or new, many homes have foundation plantings that need revamping. Learn the principles of good foundation design and view examples of plants that work well, reduce maintenance, and provide multi-seasonal interest. Good design will improve the curb appeal of your home, thus increasing its value.its value.

Tuesday Feb 11th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Front Yard Design

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Learn the basics of front yard landscape design by demonstrating how proper planting design can change the way you use and view your property. Your design should respond to your home’s architecture and be aesthetically pleasing. Topics include proper plant types and spacing, focusing and screening views, and creating curb appeal.

Tuesday Feb 18th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Backyard Design

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Learn to create an enjoyable backyard space that is functional and fun. Explore the design and development of dining and entertaining areas (such as decks and patios), children’s play spaces, and outdoor storage and utility areas. Learn how to screen and focus views to create a sense of enclosure for private areas with comfort and security.

Tuesday Feb 25th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

From the Drawing Board to the Border

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

How do you take your plans from the drawing board to creating the garden without being overwhelmed by the amount of work and money? Learn how to develop a shopping list and timeline to phase the work over several seasons. You’ll receive some useful tips on budgeting, purchasing plants, and working with landscape professionals.

Tuesday Mar 3rd, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Elements of the Garden: Patios

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

The patio is a place to enjoy meals, to entertain, to relax, and to spend time with family and friends. It is, in effect, your outdoor living room. Style, size, shape, and material are design elements that need to be considered when designing a patio.  In addition to these elements, we will explore various paving materials such as brick, bluestone,...

Tuesday Mar 10th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Lines, Curves, and Symbols

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Landscape architects, landscape designers, and gardeners often use a graphic palette and symbols to produce a master landscape plan that conveys their idea. You will enhance your plan development skills and dive into more detail such as drafting, lettering, and freehand drawing when preparing a document for client presentation. A supply list will...

Monday Apr 6th, 6pm - 9pm

  (3 sessions)
$249

3 sessions

Sketchbook Skills in the Greenhouses

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Sketchbooks are rewarding, personal, and a way to hone drawing skills. You will draw from nature, plein air-style, in the Greenhouses, using various portable media. Give yourself the freedom to sketch unique specimens without the pressure of producing a final plant portrait—instead, creating a record of your artistic journey.  A supply list...

Wednesday Apr 1st, 9am - 12pm

  (6 sessions)
$449

6 sessions

Spring Lawn Care for Homeowners

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Here’s your chance to learn the basics of lawn care. Using the Garden’s holistic turf management program as a model, Tom Fritz explains how to cultivate a thriving lawn while lessening pesticide use. He’ll cover turf culture, mowing, aerating, watering, fertilizing and weeding, and insect and disease control. Please dress for the weather.

Saturday Apr 11th, 9am - 11am

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Planting Design

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Apply knowledge and skills developed in previous design courses toward a working understanding of planting design. Weekly discussions and individual projects will focus on basic elements of planting design, including an understanding of color and texture, plant combinations, planting bed layout, installation techniques, and maintenance practices. ...

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$618.75

11 sessions

Rooftop Garden Design

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

This course will look at the special needs and concerns related to a rooftop garden. We will discuss all of the elements necessary to design a rooftop garden and apply the knowledge to a rooftop garden design project.  Topics will include: Environmental issues Weight load Decking/paving materials Screening issues Arbors Planters Plantings...

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$259

6 sessions

Hardscape Basics

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Elevate your garden designs by incorporating hardscape elements. These structural components of a landscape provide both functional and aesthetic benefits. Create garden design plans that integrate hardscape structures such as paving, landscape lighting, and garden walls to achieve your landscape design goals.  Prerequisites:  Graphics, ...

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$599

11 sessions

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