Ecological Landscape Design

  • March 16 - 17, 2024
  • Memphis Botanic Garden

    750 Cherry Road
    Memphis, Tennessee 38117
Ticket Price $200.00 Join the waitlist

Ecological Landscape Design

March 16,  8 am-3 pm, and March 17, 12-6 pm


This event is Sold Out. 


Whether you are designing a small patch of land in your backyard or a large public space, this workshop will equip you with the necessary information to create a sustainable and stunning landscape. It is open to anyone interested in how to create ecologically conscious and sustainable landscapes, regardless of whether you're a seasoned green thumb or an occasional gardener.


Designing environmentally friendly spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and culturally appropriate can be challenging, but this workshop will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to design beautiful, resilient, and nature-inspired landscapes on day one. On day two, you will bring in a real-life situation where you want to design or re-vamp a planting. Bring pictures, ask questions, develop your plant community, and put the design on paper in a space where you can get constructive feedback from MBG staff.  


Taught by our expert Memphis Botanic Garden horticulturists, you will leave this class with practical, hands-on knowledge, expert advice, and resources that you can utilize for many years to come.  


This two-day workshop will include:

  • A personalized plant list curated by MBG staff from real-life experience working with plants in the South
  • A copy of MBG’s Goldfinch Meadow design sheets designed by Claudia West, world-renowned landscape designer
  • First dibs on Nursery plants for the 2024 plant sale at 10% off
  • Chance to purchase from commercial wholesalers through MBG for bulk quantities
  • Dedicated coaching and tips from experienced staff on your specific situation
  • Breakfast and lunch on Day 1


Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to sustainable landscape design
  • Design principles and foundations
  • Tour of Woodland Garden
  • Woodland Garden Plants
  • Keystone Plants, Host Plants, and Their Associated Friends
  • Plants for Sunny Areas
  • Your Garden
  • Tour of Arboretum


"Planting in a Post Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes" by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West is a required book for this workshop. If you do not own a copy, one can be purchased at the workshop for $25. Please indicate during registration if you need to purchase one from us.


Register no later than March 13.


$150 MBG Members/$200 Non-Members (plus $25 for "Planting in a Post Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes" if you do not already own it, which can be purchased with cash, check, or credit card at the workshop)


If you have questions, please email or call 901-636-4136.


Are you an MBG Member and want to access your discount? Click here to learn how to access Member pricing.


If you need assistance with registration please email

Date & Time

Mar 16, 2024 8:00 AM - Mar 17, 2024 6:00 PM

Venue Details

Memphis Botanic Garden

750 Cherry Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38117 Memphis Botanic Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden

The Memphis Botanic Garden is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to being an exemplary center for horticulture and environmental enrichment. Serving over 40,000 school-aged children annually, and hosting over 260,000 visitors each year, Memphis Botanic Garden strives to enhance lives by connecting people with nature, increasing awareness and appreciation of our environment. Our 96-acre property includes 30 specialty gardens and a Level 4 Arboretum, which provide the ability to interact with various families of plants, flowers, and trees.


The Garden offers year-round programming and events for children, families, adults, art lovers, food lovers, music lovers, gardeners, and more! Beyond our annual happenings, we have a diverse offering of adult workshops and classes, youth classes and activities, art exhibits, horticultural features and events, and outdoor fun for all. Click here to explore upcoming events at the Garden.

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