DISCOVERY GARDENS FOR CHILDREN: THE GREEN SCHOOL YARD INITIATIVE                              Learn how  to create natural, biodiverse environments that stimulate the senses and encourage active, hands-on learning and play. Meaningful Landscapes for children promote integrated curriculum based programs, and excite the imagination. The outdoor classroom uses green building materials, native plants, attracts wildlife, and teaches water conservation and habitat management. These specially designed gardens are geared to children's preferences and needs, and based on sound academic research. The ecological school yard fosters participation and seeks to develop the child's sense of stewardship.

GOING GREEN: CONSTRUCTING  A ENVIRONMENTALLY ENGINEERED HOME AND LANDSCAPE                                                                                                                                                         The Renaissance ideal of the harmony of art and technology drives the design of systems for my new teaching site and landscape laboratory, ‘The Beaver Lodge’. The objectives address environmental awareness, low energy consumption and the promotion of sustainability. An ecological approach is outlined in the use of landscape features and green architecture. Join me to hear the tale of the dilemmas, pitfalls and hilarious episodes experienced on the road to Shangri La.

DESIGN ON THE CUTTING EDGE: THE CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE
Follow the evolution of modern landscape design from the mid twentieth century to the present. International in scope, the work of seminal designers, the 'movers and shakers' of the contemporary scene, will be analyzed in reference to new materials, dramatic execution and novel approaches to environmental issues.

GARDENING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY: THE SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE
Addressing environmental awareness, this lecture highlights innovative ways to use plant material to clean air, soil and water and to restore our ecological systems. Topics include dry gardening, plant buffer zones, the lawn, and invasive species. New directions in water management concentrate on the permeable ground plane, mulches and natural swimming pools without chemicals.

WATER IN TODAY’S LANDSCAPE Learn the construction techniques of rain gardens, how to manage storm water runoff, harvest rain water and excel in conservation practices. Explore green roofs and vertical garden possibilities for residential use.

ADAPTING HISTORIC DESIGNS TO YOUR HERB GARDEN
Explore a variety of historic herb garden designs adaptable to contemporary situations. Mazes, knot gardens, and container plantings will be discussed. The culture of culinary, dye and ornamental herbs will be emphasized to insure their advantageous placement in the landscape.

CREATING THE ORNAMENTAL VEGETABLE GARDEN
Focus on the possibilities of an ornamental garden of vegetables. Use heirloom plants and new vegetable varieties. Incorporate herbs, edible flowers and vegetables distinguished for both their fine taste and aesthetic qualities. Experiment with some colorful and exotic vegetables! 

CHOOSING DISTINCTIVE ORNAMENT FOR YOUR GARDEN                                                                      Examine hand made garden ornament crafted by artists trained in the traditional arts, from carved stone to iron gates. Unique historical artifacts will furnish a wealth of ideas applicable to your garden.

COLOR IN THE LANDSCAPE                                                                                                                         Learn to fully employ the magic of color - soft and subdued or bold and eye catching. Investigate the symbolism and mood inducing characteristics of color. Sharpen your skills as a designer: blend and contrast, balance intense colors, adjust tone with grey and white plant material, and examine foliage for subtle nuances and color echo possibilities.

ELEMENTS OF THE HARDSCAPE                                                                                                                Investigate structure in the garden, concentrating on the creation of garden rooms, follies and the use of abstract space. Pergolas, towers, trompe l'oeil, fencing and green architecture will be analyzed for their design potential.