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Design Project + Appendix: Garden Features Wishlist

Take the first step towards designing an ecological garden space.

Design Project + Appendix: Garden Features Wishlist
  • Pencil
  • Paper or design notebook
  • Tracing Paper and tape (optional)

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Ready to start the design process? You can take a first step toward designing your ecological garden in about an hour. 

You can also try this exercise with your students- you may never see your garden the same way again.

For the full Garden Features Wishlist, download the PDF.

  • When laying out your initial design, you can use sticky notes to represent elements and test different arrangements on an enlarged copy of your base map.
  • A well-done garden plan is an excellent resource. If you decide to hire a professional, you have a few options: You can survey your parents for landscape designers and architects or hire someone with knowledge of sustainable design. A professional design that includes a recommended plant list will cost somewhere between $1,000 and $2,500.
  • Needs Assessment (5 min). Identify your school’s priorities for the garden, such as: food production, science lessons, gathering space, etc. These should correspond to your vision and goals.
  • Site Visit (15 min). Perform a brief analysis of your garden site, noting things like major features, weather patterns, and the sun’s orientation. See the Knowing Your Site checklist.
  • Design Exercise (30 min). List the features that already exist and those that you want. Sketch a base map of the current garden. Place things well: Begin sketching ideas on layers of tracing paper over the base map.
  • Design Exchange: (10 min). Have participants share their designs with the group.