Garden Design Lectures

Landscape and Garden Design Lecture Programs

Although based in the Allentown, PA, the company and its dedicated professional landscape executives are committed to providing the finest in horticultural, design, and educational programs for horticultural seminars, nursery conferences, Garden Club programs and landscape industry inspirational messages to national audiences. Call, write or E-mail us at any of the addresses given and let us know your dates and expectations. Fees are negotiable and related to the length of the program and the distance from Allentown.


Small Landscaping Smarts

Designing gardens and landscaping, whether in a courtyard or a 40 acre estate can maximize the impact while minimizing the budget. With the perfect combination of plants, hardscape elements, landscaping and outdoor lighting for the client's after-hours enjoyment, small gardens can deliver the ultimate in personal lifestyle satisfaction.

Landscape Design Resources

The landscape design professional has an arsenal of tools with which to work. From professional credentials and industry recognition to knowing what to buy from whom, this talk delivers names and addresses of a vast array of support organizations and trade providers for the dedicated landscape design professional or the passionate amateur.

Cornerstones of Landscape Design

Everything you need to know about landscape design with the right plants in the right places for the right reasons. This is a back-to-basics, no-nonsense approach to the elements and principles of design. The talk is illustrated with photos of installed gardens from one of the country’s most award-winning landscape design/build companies. This hour lecture can be expanded into a half or full day concentration in how to get the details right in landscaping design


Continuous Bloom in Your Garden Design

Frederick Learey will use his knowledge of the vast array of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses, spring flowering bulbs and unique ground covers to emphasize continuous bloom in designing outdoor garden spaces. His presentation is not just about plant knowledge in selecting for continuous bloom, but about the combination of creating spaces that have continuous bloom as part of their beauty and interest. He will be showing examples of various gardens that illustrate the principles and elements of design. You will be challenged to paint color pictures with the plant palette that you choose.

Refine Your Garden Design

Are your landscaping and garden design tools up to the trade? Hone your designing vocabulary and update the portfolio with a our photo gallery collection of images, ideas and aesthetics. A broad range of subjects presents the design dimension of outdoor spaces for landscaping professionals and amateurs alike.

Sustainability-Landscape Work You Can Live By

This session brings the big picture down to business basics. What trends on the international level will translate to dollars on your monthly income statement? Sustainability can work for you! (This topic can be a continuation of "Sustainability is Green" or a stand-alone break-out session.)


Putting Landscape Design Together


The Outdoor Room: Landscaping for Lifestyle

The art and practice of landscape design as presented by one of the garden designing world's leading designers. This lecture connects the elements of landscaping design with the outdoor lifestyles of clients. The growing trend toward outdoor living rooms will be illustrated with photographs of the company's work.

Landscape Design Primer

Through the use of actual transformations, landscape designs will be examined for the value they can add to a property-both financial and aesthetic. Before and after pictures will illustrate exactly how a property can be improved through the elements and principles of landscaping and garden design. Learn how to define a property's hidden assets through creative landscape approaches.

Hot Pots!

Small lots, large decks, inside gardening, and annuals, annuals, annuals! How easy it is to garden in small spaces with a wealth of new plant material and architectural details. Container gardening is the latest frontier for the avid plant collector! More plants per square inch and more color per month in a seasonal retrospective of best and the brightest!

Once You've Designed the Landscape, Can You Sell It?
Once You've Sold the Landscape, Can You Make Money?

This back-to-back session deals with the management issues and business systems to grow a landscape design/build company. Successful landscape contracting depends on Customer satisfaction, Employee empowerment and Business appreciation. Connect the circle of successful traits and keep the landscaping and garden designing business cycle moving forward and upward.

Landscape Design and Installation 101

This session attempts to help you to know if you are on the cutting edge or over-the-edge of landscape design/build business basics. See how your business stacks up against the standards set by some of the best companies in the industry! Discover the innovations, view the construction sites, and learn the inside secrets of outstanding green-industry companies and some of the greatest public gardens in the United States. Session info bytes will include: How to beat the drought! What piece of equipment is the best? Inventory control-what's that? Employee motivation and retention! Niche marketing and customer service tricks-of-the trade. Digital images capture the break-neck pace of breaking news in the world of horticultural excellence. This program is designed for a mixed group of landscape contractors, garden centers, nurseries/growers, and country extension agents. It is purposefully broad-of-scope to act a springboard for a session of questions/answers and systems sharing.


More Topics for Presentation

Other hour-long topics have been officially recognized by the National Federated Garden Clubs in their accredited Design Course:

  • Development of Landscape Design in Early America
  • Development of Landscape Design in America: 1840 to 1940
  • Design on the Land; Regional Expression
  • Landscape Design Resources
  • Landscape Design Elements and Principles
  • Preservation of Historic Sites and Structures