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$50 - $80 off Holiday Boot Camp Bundle will be available for only:

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Give the Gift of a Magazine-Worthy Garden full of Beautiful Healthy Plants

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Inspire someone you love with the gift of learning.

Why? Because a beautiful garden doesn't just happen...

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Garden Design and Gardening are two very different things! 

Do you expect a farmer to be a great chef?

No, you don't.

We understand that the skills to grow vegetables, and produce basic food products is unique from being able to gather a small set of ingredients together and create a fantastic dish.

The chef that puts it all together is a designer, and the farmer is a gardener.

They work together - and sometimes farmers are great chefs (and likewise chefs, good farmers).

But one does not imply the other.

It is the same with garden design - even though you are a great gardener, it doesn't mean you are a master chef. 😉

The Garden Design and Planting Design Boot Camp Series teaches beginner to advanced gardeners how to also be garden designers.

(AKA - Masterful Chefs)

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If you have no plan and are starting from scratch - these two classes (Garden Design Boot Camp and Planting Design Boot Camp) are designed to work together in succession.
Garden Design Boot Camp will teach how to layout and design a master plan for your garden (including hardscaping, layout, choosing materials and focal points, creating a flow, etc) and then Planting Design Boot Camp follows it with how to make detailed planting plans and design with plants specifically.

 

These two classes don't overlap.
But if you already have a garden that you love (i.e. you like the style, everything works together, the layout flows and there is an appropriate place for how you want to live outside) then you may not need Garden Design Boot Camp.  Feel free to skip right over to Planting Design Boot Camp where you will learn to design with plants so that your whole garden is not only cohesive and beautiful but healthy and successful for the long run.

Past Boot Camp students share where they would be if they had not enrolled in the course and this is what they said:

"Nowhere. Dithering, probably."

- Carole

in Connecticut

"I would probably still be where I am every year: planting without purpose and knowing that I would have to start over again the next year. Its a rather depressing cycle!"

- Johanna

in Maryland
"I think without the course I'd have a garden with way too many plants in a hodge-podge system at that."

- Georgene

in California

In Garden Design Boot Camp You will Learn to:

  • Learn to read your landscape it will tell you what will work and what won't!
  • Eliminate Familiarity blindness so you can see your site like a designer would - with fresh eyes.
  • Understanding the environmental conditions that will be important to your design
  • Measure and draw your garden to scale - ensuring everything fits and works together
  • Your garden has many functions and you will learn how to create a place for everything
  • Plan for growing, but also play and entertaining in a way that highlights and compliments your home
  • How to unify your house and garden
  • Easily generate lots of creative layouts that you never thought possible
  • Understand why some gardens work and others don't - and how to get the most out of your space
  • Designer tricks to resolve problem areas and difficult projects
  • The 7 golden rules of garden design
  • Create a master plan that is buildable over time or all at once

In Planting Design Boot Camp You will Learn to:

  • Identify what a plant needs just by looking at it - even if you don't know what it is.
  • The basics of the secret language of plants (Botanical Latin) and how to use it to your advantage.
  • Read the characteristics of your land and understand what will work and what won't.
  • Discover and define your own design style.
  • Analyze and pick perfect plants for you and your specific conditions.
  • Successfully pair plants to achieve your aesthetic as well as a healthy thriving garden.
  • Draw up a scaled plan of your planting areas so you know exactly what you need, where it will go and how many plants to buy.
  • Navigate the nursery. Purchase plants and shop like a pro.
  • Utilize the same design principles used by the pros.
  • Install your plants so they thrive and achieve your vision.

Your Teacher:

rochelle greayer opf pith and vigor

Hi, I'm Rochelle Greayer and for 18 years I've worked as a landscape designer, author, writer, and design teacher.

I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series launched in early 2018.

Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I help homeowners confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique styles.

Good planting is hard - it requires an immense amount knowledge about individual plants, as well as design. Conceiving of a plan that could involve many different types of plants in a large and varied area is beyond the mental capacity of normal humans. (Including and especially me).

I've been a gardener all my life and a professional garden designer for 18 years. But it wasn't until I'd been practicing design for many years that I was able to evolve strategies and a repeatable system that makes it much easier. Now, I use it to design gardens that I know will be beautiful and successful. It makes it a whole lot easier to get it right every time. And that is what I will be teaching you.

In this class I will teach you my easily repeatable system for creating stylish, base gardens and detailed planting plans that work. It doesn't matter where you live. And it doesn't matter what your personal style is (in fact, this class will help you figure that out too).

When and How long is the Class?

Start Date:
Garden Design Boot Camp will kick-off on Friday January 25th, 2019.  and will end on February 23rd, 2019

 

End Date:
Planting Design Boot Camp will start 5 days after Garden Design Boot Camp ends.  PDBC will run from March 1st - March 24th 2019.

Lessons will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the course.  There will be 7 live sessions (typically held on Saturdays - they are tentatively scheduled for  02/02/19, 02/09/19, 02/16/19, 02/23/19, 03/09/19, 03/16/19 and 03/23/19) where students can join a live cast to get their individual questions answered. These will be recorded in case you miss them and want to watch them at another time. You will also have opportunities to submit questions ahead of the live events.

Time Commitment: 
Course Materials will take you 3-4 hours per week to review.  Homework (which is optional - but highly encouraged to take full advantage of the class) will take additional time. The homework is all about creating your first planting plan for your garden.  Students who complete the homework by last live session of each class are eligible for a student-only contest.  One contest winner will be awarded a free 5o minute one-on-one consultation with Rochelle Greayer to review and provide feedback on their personal plans, answer questions and refine their individual project (valued at $99).

 

How are classes taught?

Format:
All the course materials will be available online for you to access on your own schedule .  After the course ends, the lessons in the course remain online in your student library indefinitely. Your access to the online lessons will remain online and so long as you keep track of your log in details and you can refer back to lessons whenever you want. 

This class will be taught with a mix of video, screencasts, audio recordings, written lessons and downloadable reference guides and worksheets. In addition to being online, all materials can be downloaded and saved offline for personal use.

What will be taught?

Level:
No previous design or gardening experience is required, however in order to fully participate in the homework you must have a real life planting area that you will be designing.

Garden Design Boot Camp teaches students how to establish a Master Plan (for example, usage areas, paths, patios, and generally, the overall design).  Planting Design Boot Camp takes the next step in the design process and teaches how to create stunning planting schemes that will make your garden the prettiest and most successful on the block.

Lessons:
Each lesson will be presented by video and will be broken down into subtopics.  Lessons will also include homework allowing you to practice what you learned on your own garden project.  Homework will be shared via Milanote.

 

Do I need any special class materials?

Apps:
Yes! - Homework and projects will be shared via Milanote.  Milanote is a free app for planning creative projects and students should create an account before the class starts. Don't worry about using it just yet - a tutorial of how to use Milanote will be part of the welcome and introduction lesson.

Live sessions will be conducted with Zoom and video of the sessions will be posted to the class website for later viewing.  You do not need an account with zoom to participate, but fair warning - the great thing about Zoom is that we can all see each other and have a class wide conversation face to face (i.e. there is video!).  If you don't have a camera on your computer or you don't want to get out of your PJ's to participate - that is 100% ok - you are more than welcome to participate with the video turned off.  We will still be able to see your name and hear your voice should you have a question or input during the session.

You will also need:

Graph paper (I recommend 11" x 17" or A3 paper but if you don't have large planting areas then you may be able to get away with 8.5" x 11" or A1).

A simple circle template is optional - but very useful.

Pencils and a camera (your phone camera is perfect).

After you register, you will receive a welcome email that will also include links to where to get apps and supplies.

 

Did they get results? What past Boot Camp students achieved:

"I now have a starting point for making a planting design. It may not be a good design, but with a certain amount of work and experience I can make it better. I now know how to start and a set of criteria for making decisions."

- Ed

in California

"I have improved my plant knowledge, (which wasn't bad before) and have learned what plant characteristics can tell us. I've been introduced to other factors to consider like aspect, temperature, soil conditions, resulting in really considering my plant choices for my planting plan. Also, having a forum has been enjoyable and introduced me to different gardening challenges from my course mates. Considering how I use or want to use my garden, photographing it to really see it, has given me a lot to think about, but now with my planting plan I feel confident I will be creating a space for my family and I to really enjoy, instead of just copying something or following a formula. I have already started to implement elements of my plan!"

- Sally

in Southern England
"I know so much more about planting design - what to consider, how to do it, how to organize it all, and I have the actual design started!"

- Kathleen

in Virginia

What does it cost?

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The holidays are Expensive - So sign up for a Payment Plan instead! Payment Plans are available Until December 25th, 2018.

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There is a 7-day money back guarantee (after the course has started).  If you want to cancel your purchase of the course for any reason, you are free to do that with a full refund up until February 1st, 2019.  If you want to cancel just Planting Design Boot Camp then you can do that until March 6th 2019. No refunds for these courses will be given after March 6th, 2019. If refunding only one of the two classes, the holiday discount will not be be applied to the remaining class.