Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
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Virtual and/or Mass Hort Education Building. 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

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Allison Dush 
Massachusetts Horticultural Society 

The Art of Planting Design 

(Decluttering Your Garden and Designing with the Plants you Love)


Decluttering your garden uses the same principles as the Kondo method to tidy your home. Maria will lead you thru the process. Once you have your list of the plants you love and are thriving in your garden, it’s time to design your garden. 

In this three-session virtual workshop, you’ll learn how to use drifts, masses, and individual plants to create garden lay-outs, how to select a winning color palette, and how to create planting combinations that will flower in season sequence. There will also be a morning field trip to The Gardens at Elm Bank for a tutorial walk in MHS’s Bressingham Garden will inspire our garden designs. (Dress for rain or sun!)

We’ll start with designing the landscape of shrubs and trees—using conifers, deciduous, and broad-leafed plants.  Then we’ll layer in the perennial flower garden. You’ll practice creating small gardens either with plots the instructor provides or your own premeasured small garden (no larger 20 x 8’—bring photos too). 

Color slide lectures, hand-outs, worksheets, and instructor review of your work will get you started on learning the art of planting design.This class will run virtually with one onsite visit.

Virtual classes take place on July 15, 22, & 29
Onsite Visit - July 16 at 10 - 11:30 am. 

Maria von Brincken, principle of Maria von Brincken Landscape Garden Design, is an award-winning certified designer (APLD and LI) celebrating her 20th year in professional practice. Maria specializes in custom beautiful spaces and colorful flower gardens using native and ornamental plants. 

Trained as a fine artist, color theorist, and organic gardener Maria brings years of critical design thinking to her landscape solutions. Her design has been featured in Fine Gardening Magazine, Landscape Ideas You Can Use and others. A former contributing editor to LandShapes Magazine, her writing has also been published in NELDHA’s Perspectives, APLD’s The Designer, and GardenDrum.org.

Her lectures and workshops have been featured at the MHS, Boston The Flower Show, Radcliffe Seminars and the LI, Conn. Master Gardener’s Conference, Perennial Plant Conference, ELA- just to name a few. Her lectures, classes, and workshops teach successful ways of thinking and techniques.

Learn more about Maria and her work at www.mariavonbrincken.com



Class Fee:

Mass Hort Members $250

General Audience $300

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