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Adkins Arboretum Offers Landscape Design Workshop March 26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—MARCH 12, 2011)

Do you want to create an attractive property with year-round interest and beauty? Register for Adkins Arboretum’s Landscape Design Workshop on Sat., March 26, and learn how to transform your Eastern Shore landscape.

Offered again by popular demand, this all-day workshop will address typical challenges of Eastern Shore homeowners. Three experienced landscape designers and avid gardeners will lead participants through an intensive planning session. Come with your challenges and dreams, and leave with a landscape plan, ideas and confidence to transform your home landscape for your enjoyment and pride.

Topics include analyzing the challenges and opportunities of your property; developing a plan for circulation and unique features; designing “rooms” for outdoor living; choosing materials for patios and walks; incorporating sustainable practices; and selecting ornamental plants. The designers will offer practical advice on getting started; tackling wet areas; laying out a path; screening an undesirable view; and plants recommended for specific conditions. Step by step, participants will develop their own landscape designs.

Workshop leaders are Arboretum Executive Director Ellie Altman; landscape architect Barbara McClinton, formerly of the Baltimore landscape architecture and land planning firm Daft, McCune, Walker; and landscape designer and native plant enthusiast Chris Pax, a graduate of the George Washington University sustainable landscape design master’s program.

The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. The fee is $85 for Arboretum members, $110 for the general public. Pre-registration is required. Bring lunch, a property plat, photos and other documentation of your property. Continental breakfast, break refreshments, worksheets and handouts will be provided. Register online at www.adkinsarboretum.org, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0, or e-mail info@adkinsarboretum.org.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.