The two workshops, “Landscape Design” (April 23 and 30) and “Proven Winners: Ouray County’s Best Plant Material” (June 11), will be taught by Ridgway landscaper Susan Maybach, whose business Earth, Wind & Rock has beautified private and public spaces in the region since 1985.
According to Maybach, design flair is inherent and individual, but there is a science to developing a sound backbone for all landscape design. In her Landscape Design workshop, students will learn the nuts and bolts of a thorough and exciting design process. The skills they learn during the first week of class will then be applied to the project of their choosing, to be worked on at home. When the class reconvenes a week later, students will critique and further develop their projects. Maybach will provide materials for the class, including trace paper, pencils and color mediums. Students should arrive in class with a design (or re-design) project in mind and be able to provide fairly accurate dimensions and a map that includes existing features.
Maybach will conclude the workshop with an overview of the types of challenges experienced when implementing landscape plans in the Western San Juans environment – and discussing what plants are appropriate for its climate.
The class meets from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on both Saturdays, at Maybach’s residence, in Ridgway’s Pleasant Valley. Tuition is $83 for Weehawken members or $91 for non-members.
Students in Maybach’s Landscape Design workshop may broaden their skills and increase their landscaping knowledge by taking her June 11 class, Proven Winners: Ouray County’s Best Plant Material. The class is also open to those who do not take Maybach’s first workshop.
Expect to be introduced to the brightest and best plant materials that are appropriate for the Ouray County landscape, or similar climates such as Telluride.
The first half of class will be devoted to education, through instruction and handouts. Then students will take a field trip to visit “some of these shining stars in our plant material popularity contest,” according to Maybach.
The class runs 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and tuition is $46 for Weehawken members or $50 for non-members. (A 10 percent discount applies to those who enroll by May 28.)
For more information or to sign up for one or both of Maybach’s classes, contact Weehawken Creative Arts at 970/318-0150 or visit www.weehawkenarts.org.