Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
This course meets for 8 weeks on Wednesdays, October 17 - December 12, 5:30 - 8:30 pm (No class 11/21)
Learn skills essential for effective functional garden design that honor the site and meet client needs. Each week will cover a different topic or technique focusing on the importance of getting to know the client and site as a basis of effective and appealing design. Essential and easy-to-grasp design principles for those who design or install gardens will be introduced throughout the course, with the goal of practicing a form-finding approach to garden design. The tools taught will provide a vocabulary essential for assessing a property's potential and problems, and for asking the right questions to realize a client's wishes while avoiding common design mistakes. Learn how to make well considered and sustainable choices for the elements and materials commonly used in the residential-scale garden. Students will select from instructor provided projects and take it from creative concept to completed design plan, including site assessment diagrams, conceptual sketches and schematic drawings. Each class will involve instruction and evaluation of projects in progress and will include both class instruction and studio time. Frequent group discussions and exercises will put the skills learned into action. Students will make a formal presentation at the final class with the primary goal of conveying a coherent design narrative and process leading to proposed solutions.
Prerequisites: Landscape Design I, Landscape Design Clinic
Instructors: Chuck Schnell, M.A.
Guest Instructor: Walter Cudnohufsky, R.L.A., M.L.A.
BBG Members: $550, Non-Members: $590
The Horticulture Certificate Program, a collaboration between Berkshire Botanical Garden and Berkshire Community College.