Homeowners Learn Landscape Design Basics at Master Gardeners' 2017 Spring Seminar

Dr. Whitney Griffen, who teaches the entire Landscape Design, Construction, and Maintenance curriculum at Texas A&M, discusses the basics of landscape design. Photo: KCMGA.
Dr. Whitney Griffen, who teaches the entire Landscape Design, Construction, and Maintenance curriculum at Texas A&M, discusses the basics of landscape design. Photo: KCMGA.

Kaufman County Master Gardeners held their 2017 Spring Seminar, Home Landscape Design–Basics for the Homeowner, on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Grace Christian Church in Kaufman. The featured speaker was
Dr. Whitney Griffin of Texas A&M University in College Station .

Dr. Griffin, who teaches the entire course load in the Texas A&M Landscape Design, Construction, and Maintenance curriculum, discussed landscape design principles, including unity, balance, proportion, line, color, contrast and harmony and repetition. She also talked about plant selection criteria and ways to make landscape maintenance easier.

Dr. Griffin has also developed a course in green roof design, installation, and maintenance and, she explained that such features benefit the environment by improving air quality, lowering energy cost due to the cooling effect of plant respiration and mitigating the urban heat island effect because they do not hold heat like other roofing materials. She demonstrated with photographic examples how living walls and green roofs can be incorporated into a landscape design.

Flier for 2017 Spring Seminar on Home Landscape Design. Photo: KCMGA.
Flier for 2017 Spring Seminar on Home Landscape Design. Photo: KCMGA.
Dr. Whitney Griffin talks with a seminar participant. Photo: KCMGA.
Dr. Whitney Griffin talks with a seminar participant. Photo: KCMGA.

Participants also enjoyed light refreshments prepared by the Master Gardeners while they viewed silent auction and bought plants at the plant sale.

MGs Michele Reeves and Renee Roysdon prepare snacks for the seminar. Photo: KCMGA.
MGs Michele Reeves and Renee Roysdon prepare snacks for the seminar. Photo: KCMGA.
Seminar participants brows the plant sale, which included plants recommended by Dr. Griffin. Photo: KCMGA.
Seminar participants brows the plant sale, which included plants recommended by Dr. Griffin. Photo: KCMGA.

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