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Design a Small-Space Garden

Schedule and Location

Two Tuesdays, April 16 and 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sycamore Room, Visitor Center

Fees and Registration

$55.00 member
$64.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Get ready for spring plant sales! In this workshop, you will create a design for a small garden space under the guidance of a landscape designer. Learn how to use vertical and horizontal space, which plants are best for small gardens, how to use color effectively, and how to incorporate containers and other objects d’art. Leave with a sketch for your garden and a plant list to guide your shopping at the Arboretum plant sale, or wherever you do your plant shopping.

This course is ideal for areas under 1000 square feet, whether that’s all the space you have, or if you are working on a small area of a larger garden.

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Carol Becker, owner, Sage Advice Landscape Design

Carol Becker is a writer, landscape designer and an accomplished public speaker. Since 2004, she has consulted with and provided sustainable landscape designs for clients in the Midwest. 
Carol holds a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from Triton College and an M.A. in English Literature and Writing from Ohio State University. In 2012, she became a Certified Wildlife Landscape Professional with the National Wildlife Federation. In 2014 she received the Polaris Award from the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance (now part of ILCA), in recognition of her lifetime commitment to landscape sustainability, and she also completed her certification as a Landscape for Life™ teacher. 

Course Details

Design a Small-Space Garden