January 15, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$190 – $295

Please this About section entirely before registering. This program is intended for more advanced students and requires a higher level of preparation and commitment than our usual classes. Last day to register: Friday, January 1

Class meets four times via Zoom:

Friday, January 15, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Friday, January 22, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Friday, February 5, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Friday, February 12, 1:00pm-4:00pm


This comprehensive four-session course for home gardeners offers a sound foundation in design styles and process, the importance of sustainability and how to model a garden after patterns in nature. Students will devise a base/plot plan, compile a locally appropriate plant palette, and create a simple design. Prior to the class, students will complete a preliminary questionnaire, warm-up exercise for their site, and familiarize themselves with drawing software if choosing to produce plans digitally.

Orchid Black is a garden designer and the owner of Native Sanctuary (nativesanctuary.wordpress.com), a firm offering native plant consulting, habitat creation and sustainable design services to the greater Los Angeles area. She writes and lectures about native plants, water-saving strategies, and sustainable landscaping.

Course Requirements

Our Right Plant, Right Place class must be taken before the start of the design course. It is offered monthly, typically on the first Saturday of the month. The next session is January 9.

This class will meet for four three-hour sessions via Zoom. This includes break time. We understand that this might be more Zoom time than some folks are used to, and we encourage you to consider this before registering.

Students will produce a produce a garden plan either digitally or through hand drawing at 1/4″ or 1/8″ scale. For hand-drawn plans, please make sure that you have access to camera that can take legible photos. For digital plans, we recommend using a free program such as OpenOffice Draw or LibreOffice Draw, but you may use other drawing software if you prefer.

Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. There will be a link to the warm-up packet under Additional Information. The warm-up packet will information about software as well as a list of supplies for hand drawing your plans. Due to time limitations, students will be expected to have a basic understanding of the software prior to class.

As this series will meet entirely online, we encourage students to visit public landscapes to the see native plants in person prior to completing your design. We will include a list of recommend parks, wildlife areas, and botanical gardens in the warm-up packet.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be given if the cancellation request is made by December 31. The following fees will be attached to cancellations made after December 31: $100 for members, $110 for non-members, $110 for member couples, $120 for non-member couples. No refunds will be given within 7 days of the first class, and postponements will only be given within 7 days of the first class. Please note that Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable.