Landscape Design Study Series XXIII, Course I, September 10-11, 2012

Christ United Methodist Church, 4201 State Highway 6, College Station, Texas 77845. (979) 690-4623

(The Landscape Design Study Course will be referred to in the future as the LANDSCAPE DESIGN SCHOOL).

Sponsored by the Texas Garden Clubs, Incorporated & Texas AgriLife Extension, Texas A&M University

[NOTE: The access road fronting the church has changed to one-way, toward College Station. If coming from College Station, exit Hwy 6 at William D. Finch Pkwy, u-turn beneath the freeway, and take the feeder road.]

Landscape Design Course I will feature some of the best and most popular instructors from the past as well as an outstanding featured speaker for our "outside" topic. Dr. Neil Odenwald who was for many years head of the Landscape Architecture Department at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge will present "Principles and Elements of Landscape Design" and "Planning Your Home Grounds". Both these topics will provide inspiration and new ideas for improving our home landscapes. Dr. Alice LeDuc, has been on the horticulture faculty at Duke University for many years and has now returned to her home state and is teaching at Texas State University at San Marcos. She will discuss "Landscape Design Resources" which puts all of the design related professions into perspective and helps participants understands how the best utilize them in their own projects. Barbara Coody is a local, practicing Landscape Architect and certified historian and will present enlightening information relating development of landscape design in the past and how these influences can be adapted for today's home and garden. She will speak on "Development of Landscape Design".

Dr. Bill Welch, Professor and Landscape Horticulturist for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, will present "The Private Garden" which will present the challenges of designs for smaller sites as well as larger properties. Site examples from special interest landscapes and changing attitudes regarding historic styles and more naturalistic designs with emphasis on environment will be discussed. Bob Ruth's topic is "Design for the Environment". He is a local, practicing landscape architect who will discuss working with the environment in the execution of a design plan with emphasis on plant ecology, indigenous materials, reduction of energy consumption and sound water management requirements. Mike Teal is currently teaching in the Landscape Architecture program at Texas A & M and will discuss "Public Landscapes". Alan King has been practicing landscape architecture in the College Station area since graduating from A & M in 1989. He will present two fascinating topics: "Space, Design & People" and "Basics of A Site Plan". Alan will present many design ideas that will include fitting the landscape to people's needs and sound site planning practices with emphasis on indigenous materials. He will also cover explanations of taking site measurements, the symbols used in site plans and other aspects of making and reading landscape plans. He will explain computer aided design and the new technology programs available as design tools.

We are delighted to have Susan Haltom as our optional speaker. She will present "One Writer's Garden". Susan serves as curator of The Home and Garden of Eudora Welty, a famous southern writer who focused on the 1930s. She was a prolific writer and a Pulitzer Prize winner for her novel The Optimist's Daughter. Her books are still read by millions. Susan Haltom's recent book, One Writer's Garden, Eudora Welty's Home Place has received considerable praise, including The 2011 Notable Book Award from the Southern Garden History Society. It focuses on Chestina's (Miss Welty's mother) garden in Jackson MS. Susan has been intimately involved in researching the home and garden and will give an insider's view of the influence this garden has had on American literature.


Mrs. Nell Zeigler of Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. and Dr. William C. Welch announces the first in the latest Landscape Design Study Course series (Landscape Design School) which is offered in four separate schools, approximately six months apart, each with 10 hours of instruction, in the Bryan-College Station area. These courses offer an opportunity to learn from professional landscape architects and horticulturists about how successful landscapes are designed. Specifics include color, scale, history, practicality, plant selection and hardscape choices. We believe that good landscapes reflect a "sense of place" and the application of good design principles. Participants may take the four courses in any sequence. Garden Club members, Master Gardeners, nurserymen and others who are interested in furthering their knowledge of landscape design are welcome to attend.

Master Gardeners who complete a course may apply 12 hours of credit to their requirements for continuing education. Texas Garden Club members who successfully pass the examination for all four courses are eligible to become nationally accredited Landscape Design Consultants. Texas Certified Nursery Professionals who pass the course may apply this to their requirement for recertification with the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association (TNLA).

Registration materials may be downloaded below, requested from Mrs. Nell Zeigler, (, 254-865-2904, 3190 County Rd. 267, Oglesby, TX 76561), or Ms. Cynthia Mueller, Department of Extension Horticulture, 225 HFSB TAMU MS 2134, College Station, TX 77843-2134, by telephone (979)845-7344 or by e-mail at

Registration for the course will be $125 (two lunches are included). Make check payable to LANDSCAPE DESIGN. The text, good for all four courses, is Stewards of the Land. It may be purchased for an additional $40. The book will be reserved for participants to pick up the first morning of the course. The text is a reference for the courses. The lectures will not be taken from the textbook. It is just another viewpoint of the lectures being given.

Again this year, Stewart Thompson of Martha's Bloomers Garden Center, Navasota, is hosting a complimentary wine and cheese reception for the participants following the first days' events, at 4:00 pm. Dinner reservations following the reception ($16.95 tax incl.) may be made on the morning of the first day of the course.

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