Debbie Myers has a general interest in gardening, but she wanted to landscape her own yard. So when she saw an announcement about an upcoming series of landscaping courses, she decided to sign up.
“While I eventually decided to hire a landscape architect, the knowledge I gained from the classes helped me understand the process and why the landscaper chose to design the way he did,” Myers said.
The final class, offered through the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, will be May 4-5 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Wheeler Road in Augusta, said ACGC President Judy Kirkland.
“Anyone can take the classes,” Kirkland said. “The classes include the history of landscape design, as well as fundamentals like space, principles, site design, landform, plants and color. It also gets into site plans, structures, accessories and maintenance.
“There is a section on specialized designs such as private and public gardens and parks and the differing needs of both,” Kirkland added.
For Myers, the idea of the classes including so many aspects of landscaping was appealing.
“I like how the classes touch on everything from the design process and basic principles of design to the history and development of landscaping over the years,” she said. “The instructors are very well-qualified, with most being practicing landscape architects and many teaching at colleges around the state.”
Myers said she was able to not only learn how to apply the principles to her own yard, but was also exposed to how the process and principles are applied on a larger scale at places such as public parks in large cities.
“The classes have made me more aware of landscaping,” Myers said. “Now I really think about what I see when I’m driving or jogging around the neighborhood. I have a much better understanding of what works and what doesn’t work and why.”
While this is the final class locally in a lecture series of four courses, Kirkland noted that there are several other locations throughout the state that offer the classes.
The cost of the local course is $70 for a two-day session, which includes two meals and refreshments. A textbook, sold for $50 by the National Council of Garden Clubs, also is needed. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Dr. Virginia Allen at (706) 736-6793 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.