Adult Programs

Foundations of Garden Design (In-person)

Learn the principles of garden design and create a design for your space in this introductory-level class, taught by landscape designer Carol Becker.

Content Detail

In this class taught by landscape designer Carol Becker, with a mix of lecture and workshop time, you will 

  • Learn design terminology.
  • Analyze the characteristics of a well-designed garden, including how to group plants aesthetically based on plant size, form, color, and bloom time. 
  • Explore a variety of garden styles.
  • Build environmental sustainability into your design.
  • Create an inventory of your property,  perform a garden style analysis, and generate a plant list.
  • Work with the instructor to create a design drawing for a section of your garden.

 COVID-19 Precautions: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines.


  • This program will take place mostly indoors. 
  • Limit 18 attendees


Carol Becker, landscape designer, Sage Advice Landscape Design and Consulting

Carol Becker holds a degree in Landscape Design and Horticulture. Since 2004 she has owned and operated Sage Advice Landscape Design and Consulting, where she specializes in the use of native Illinois shrubs, trees and forbs in residential gardens. Her company has become known for its focus on sustainability and creative use of native plants. Ms. Becker is also a landscape consultant, a teacher and published author. She is certified as a wildlife designer by the National Wildlife Federation and trained as a Landscape for Life™ teacher. She has taught for the Morton Arboretum for many years, and she currently also writes for Landscape Architecture Magazine.




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