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Planting Design Process

Presented by: Yvonne English
Wednesday, October 21st - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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Course Description:

Plants are not just ornamental elements in the landscape, but, in fact, important building materials with a purpose. And landscape designs are often evaluated not just by the hardscape, but by the condition and appropriateness of the plants used on a project. This seminar will look at designing plants as both an art and a science. We will review design principles, plants as design elements and discuss the plant design process. Then we will review site requirements, three considerations for plant selection: functional, ecological and aesthetic. Finally we will show plant uses, and even a few planting mistakes.

Biography:

Yvonne English, registered landscape architect, licensed landscape contractor and LEED AP, is the founding principal of the landscape architecture firm, Legends Design Studio, Inc. Since 1994, Yvonne has designed and built commercial and residential landscapes in both the Midwest and California. Her residential designs range from intimate spaces and outdoor rooms to dramatic vanishing edge pools and spas. She loves to provide a nighttime dimension to her landscape creations with a dark sky friendly lighting plan. Yvonne believes to protect our environment; every design should incorporate sustainable design principles, like utilizing permeable paving, drought tolerant plants and low-volume irrigation systems.

Yvonne was originally a software engineer who changed careers to design landscapes. She has a Landscape Design Certificate from Saddleback College and received a Profession Landscape Architecture Certificate from the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program. Teaching is another passion for Yvonne. She teaches Landscape Design and Residential Landscape Lighting for UCLA Extension's Landscape Architecture Program. Yvonne has lectured at the Landscape Expo, the California and Lake Forest Garden Clubs and is on the advisory board for UCI's Sustainable Community Planning & Development Program.

Ms. English is the current President of the UCLA Extension's Landscape Architect Program's Alumni Connection, a member of a national ASLA committees: the Council on Education and is a past member of the Education Committee of the USGBC Orange County.


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