The National Garden Club, Inc. Landscape Design Course 1 was sponsored by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, District XII, in Miramar recently. Three Coral Gables Garden Club members attended the seminars, November 12-13. They were: Ana Lam, Kay Murff, and Donna Box.
Two days of classes included lectures by professors from Florida International University, several landscape architects, and designers and horticulturists. Topics of lectures ranged from the history of gardens in early civilizations, to the Renaissance, and later, English and French landscape designs; how the environment and societal factors influences our appreciation and organization of landscape design; the basic steps of how to develop a site from survey to the creation of a master plan; the use of color in the garden; and, the influence of the environment on the ultimate plan.
There was also a Field Trip to the Miramar Town Hall Center with a guided tour by internationally known landscape architect David Murakami who developed this public space.
Ultimately, there was a test over the materials covered. The course was the first in a series of four leading to the award of a Consultants Certification Card, a NGC credential. We are fortunate that the course has been brought to South Florida.
The next course will be in March 25-26, 2014 at the same location. If you are interested in attending the next seminar, let our District XII Director, Marylou Ruiz, know of your intentions (the sooner the better—as the class size is limited to 40). Or ask for registration information from the Registrar, Deborah Smith, email@example.com. You can take the course in any order for certification, or you can attend just for the fun of learning about landscape design. Speak to any one of those who attended and they will tell you how much they learned and how they really enjoyed the experience.
FYI: An interesting opportunity for continued learning is being offered January 29-30 by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, District X in West Palm Beach. It’s the Tropical Short Course entitled “Tropical Treasures”. It has a more varied program with talks not only on landscaping, but also on floral arranging, house plants, and ecology. Included is a guided tour of the Mounts Botanical Garden (below). Registration closes on January 15, 2014 and seating is assigned in order of receipt of registration. Go to the FFGC website, for all the information on this interesting course. Overnight accommodations can be arranged at La Quinta or Red Roof Inn in West Palm Beach.