Edible Landscape Design Workshop

  • May 22, 2014 · 9:00 AM

Edible Landscape Design Workshop

This specialty course will focus on practical, step by step methods and Florida-specific techniques to create beautiful edible landscaping and edible forest gardens.  We will do a step by step design of a private residence lot, creating an abundant and sustainable edible landscape. 

Basic landscaping techniques such as how to use color, texture, symmetry, patterns, and seasonal adjustments 
Edible landscaping – how to combine beautiful and useful plants
Right plant, right place – how to choose your plants. We’ll go over specific plant lists and choices. Shade loving, sun loving, winter, summer, hot, cold, year-round flowers and fruit, etc. 
Great plant combinations  
Microclimates – how to create them Florida friendly “no-watering or low-watering needed” methods of planting 
Growing for high yields commercial growing in small areas 
Putting it all together in a design 
Implementation – staging, timing, and maintenance 
How to keep your design looking good and staying productive with minimal upkeep (This can be the most challenging aspect because of nature’s continual changes.) 

Materials provided to students: 
Useful plant lists for Zones 9 & 10 
Weather and climate tools 
Sector assessment tools 
List of where to find soil building material 
Basic landscaping tools and techniques 
Basic drawing techniques 
Creative techniques – how to make your design “pop.”   How to keep it looking good 

When: May 22-26 from 9am – 5pm 
Where: Private residence to be announced, Tampa Bay area 

Who should take this course? Landscapers who want to incorporate edible landscaping into the business 
Community gardeners who want to beautify their gardens and neighborhoods, and increase yield 
Homeowners who want beautiful, edible landscaping 
Planners and designers 
Landscape architects 
Small farmers 
Local foodies 
Health conscious people 
Slow Food afficionados 

Day 1: 
Client interview 
Assessing the site – water, temp, microclimates, shade/sun, other features 
Basics of landscaping technique 
Color, texture, height, symmetry, styles of landscaping 
Day 2: 
Water systems, “low watering/no watering” planting methods, simple irrigation, rainwater systems 
Microclimates – how to create them in Florida 
How much food can you grow on one suburban lot? What to grow for best yields, etc. 
Day 3: 
Field trips, seeing edible landscaping, grafting, propagation 
Day 4: 
Design charrette - Patterns of design 
Water, soil, plant themes, hardscape 
Details of design 
Tools for water catchment/distribution 
Soil combinations 
Hardscape choices 
Plant selection – right plant, right place; creating plant palettes 
Tweaking yield 
Day 5: 
Installation – Sequence, timing 
Maintenance – Follow up, sequential plantings, when & how 
Misc – Q and A and wrap up

EARLY BIRD, before April 8: $375 

Film showings or social time in evenings. 

Local community-based camping site available! 

This class can accommodate only a limited number of attendees, so register early! 
For more information, contact Cathy at[masked], or [masked] 
To register, please go to www.growpermaculture.com

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