Trying to be a do-it-yourself landscaping expert is all the rage at this time of the year, with Iowa’s Newton Daily News proclaiming on May 7 that it just takes a series of several Saturday workshops the month of May to accomplish the feat. But if you’ve tried the DIY route to landscaping design (or spent two Saturdays a month in workshops for a couple hours each) and you still suffer from poor results, then you need to consider a better alternative.
Two licensed landscape architects who have been featured on television and in major national home and design magazines have the solution: a three-day comprehensive landscaping design workshop that puts you on the grounds of some of the most beautifully-landscaped homes in North Carolina–and which costs a whole lot less than hiring them to create your new landscape for you.
The Dargan landscape designs have been featured on HGTV and in publications like Architectural Digest, Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens and The New York Times. And now they want to help you benefit from all that experience without breaking the bank.
All your questions about how to improve your landscape will finally be answered for you, as well as information that couldn’t possibly be provided in a one-day, two-hour workshop at the local library by master gardeners.
You’ll learn design principles from these two experts who boast a client list that would impress celebrities, as you also become knowledgeable about the importance of tailoring your landscape to work for you and your family’s relaxation and viewing pleasure (rather than creating mirror images of what others are doing).
In the “Tale of Toad Hall,” an Architectural Digest feature article about Blackberry Farm owners Kreis and Sandy Beall, one of the workshop leaders for the event, Mary Palmer Dargan, has been credited with transforming the couple’s 32-acre landscape site in the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee into “gracefully conceived and thriving English-style gardens.”
That’s the kind of licensed landscape architects you can expect to rub elbows with by attending the upcoming landscaping workshop. And touring properties like that will be one of the perks of attending as well.
You will even draw up your own landscape plan for use when you leave the event, but not before Mary Palmer and her husband Hugh have taught you much of what they know about transforming the average home lawn into a landscaping dream.
Mary Palmer calls it “turbocharging your landscape,” but don’t let that title fool you, because it is more about creating that ideal place to relax, have fun and enjoy beautiful and serene surroundings right outside your front and back doors.
In her latest best-selling book, “Lifelong Landscape Design,” the ASLA credentialed expert visually takes readers on a similar path they can follow live at the June 16-19 Cashiers, N.C. workshop. However, those attending the landscape design workshop will have the benefit of asking her and Hugh design questions as well as touring 12 homes that the couple have personally transformed in their decades-long careers. And no book can give you that kind of benefit.
To register for the Dargan Landscape Design workshop click here or visit this website for more details.
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