This photo of my sad front garden (let’s simply call it the before picture) illustrates why I’m sooooo happy to be taking this Art and Management of Landscape Design course [ed. actually, I have the name wrong. It’s the Art and Management of Planting Design – even better!] at Ryerson University.
Instructor Michelle Reid outlined it in her course overview tonight: no matter how beautiful the garden design, it will fail over time unless you consider early in the game how the garden will be managed once installed.
In addition to sound design principles, Reid stresses the need to really understand the site conditions and the cultural requirements of the plants you select to go into the landscape – as well as how the garden will be maintained for the long term. This music to my ears told me that hers is just the course I’ve been looking for. It will help me take a giant step forward: to not only create a better garden, but create one that is sustainable.
More news as it comes in. Course number two at the Toronto Botanical Garden on Tuesday.