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Larry Sagers Horticultural Specialist Utah State University Extension Service Thanksgiving Point Office © All Rights Reserved

Basic Landscape Design , Tuesday August 10,17,24 and 31 2-4 PM or 6-8 PM with Larry Sagers

Whether you're designing a first-time landscape or remodeling an existing landscape, learn the steps for creating a look that you will enjoy. The class covers creating focal points, entryways, how to frame a home or preserve a view and water-wise landscape.

There will be USU Extension Service Master Gardeners available for a 15-minute individual consultation on the last day of class. Register for the class online or call 801-768-7443 or toll-free 1-888-672-6040 (ask for Gretchen) to register. Fee: $40.00

This class is going to be repeated at the Utah Botanical Center in Kaysville for our listeners in the Northern part of the state in September. Call 801 451 3403 to register.

Choosing a theme is always beneficial, not as a hard and fast rule but as a helpful guide. A theme will help you stay on track in your landscape design. You may have more than one theme in your design, but have them in different areas. Do not have antique farm machinery next to Italian or Japanese statuary.

The following are some typical garden styles that might work as thematic gardens in our area. FORMAL OR EUROPEAN GARDENS

Formal gardens are patterned after medieval knot gardens. Small, rectangular plots are enclosed by clipped hedges of boxwood or other plants. Walkways are generally brick or gravel or turf. These picture-perfect gardens are high maintenance.


These gardens feature an abundance of annual and perennial flowers. Flowerbeds are often backed with formal or informal hedges that are laid out asymmetrically with curves and calculated randomness. An abundance of different plants, and weathered wood or stone as walkways or borders give these gardens their special appeal.


These gardens suggest alpine slopes or meadows, woodlands or desert areas according to plant selection. Informal flowers including wildflowers and natural plants make these areas very attractive. Natural stone, wood, and water features are appropriate in such settings. This style tries to imitate nature as closely as possible. Native plants are used to make the setting fit in with the natural surrounding areas.


These plantings include raised flower beds, planters, paved areas, decks or patios, and outdoor cooking areas. Plantings are informal and low maintenance. Turf is an important part of most of these landscapes because it is used as an activity surface, but turf can be replaced with other materials in areas where it is not necessary.


Oriental gardens emphasize stones, trees, and shrubs and rely on unusual shapes and textures to create interests. Most oriental gardens include water features. Oriental gardens are well defined and have few flower beds and limited turf areas.


These lend themselves southwestern landscapes, but are also effective with many traditional home styles. Walls, wrought iron, large paving stones, and small fountains and pools work well in these areas. Landscape plants including flowers are drought tolerant and able to withstand hostile sites. They are well balanced symmetrically and are formal in design.

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