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Nat/Sci: Sustainable Landscape



Sustainable Garden Design on the Front Range: More than Twigs and Gravel!

“Many people cherish the delusion that their wall-to-wall lawns look good all year long, and that water is an unlimited resource,” jokes landscape architect and botanist Martin Quigley. But are you under the (mistaken) impression that “xeriscaping” means only “twigs and gravel?” In this fun and practical, two-day workshop, Quigley helps you plan your own sustainable garden, teaches you how to shop for plants, and shows you how to achieve 12 months of garden beauty. On the first day, discuss landscaping principles with a focus on “sustainable gardening,” which means working with nature instead of against it. Begin your own garden design, including food plants as well as ornamentals. On the second day, using your home’s plot plan, consider privacy, shade, colors and more! Complete a sketch that’s right for your yard and your budget. Just in time for spring gardening, this workshop includes a blend of lectures, visuals and exercises in design, material selection and phasing. As an added bonus, learn about fire-wise landscaping, which has become critical for those living in the Denver foothills. Enjoy a box lunch at the end of your second session, then head over to the Denver Botanic Gardens for a Quigley-led walking tour. Tour ticket included. 10% discount to Gardens’ members.

Format: Three sessions

Sat., 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Apr. 13 & 20, 2013

Gardens tour, 1-3 pm, April 20

CRN 1040 / $165

Instructor: Martin Quigley is the Kurtz Professor of Botany at DU, Chester M Alter Arboretum director, ecologist, arborist, horticulturist, licensed landscape architect. He is currently conducting research on urban landscape ecology and natural areas restoration.

Recommended Text: Sunset Western Garden Book edited by Kathleen Norris Brenzel, Oxmoor House (2007), Paperback, ISBN 0376039167

Partner: Denver Botanic Gardens

Keywords: water conservation, gardening, xeriscape, Denver Botanic Gardens

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