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DIY-Landscape Design

As you may have realize from my previous posts, I’ve been giving this whole ‘landscape design’ thing a real go.  I’ve spent a good deal of time trying to learn what I can and design my own landscape, but I have never settled on anything.  That’s to say, I’ve never signed off on a design and started implementing it.  I guess I’ve just always second-guessed my ideas wondering if it would function well in our yard given our location and weather.

With all that said, I’ve found the best resource for landscape design and I wanted to share with anyone else who is trying to tackle any of their own landscape challenges.  It’s Lisa Orgler.  She teaches landscape design courses in the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University and she’s a registered landscape architect.

What I love about her website:

You can find inspiration in searching landscape architects’ personal websites, but often times they don’t share all the details of their designs because, obviously, people could steal their hard-work (totally understandable).  Lisa Orgler, however, not only shares her creative designs, but she walks through the entire process…offering advice on techniques for drawing out the garden/landscape design…

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She includes helpful tools, like this bloom chart to help in grouping plantings based on their bloom time so that you have year-long appeal.

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You’ve probably already seen some of the images from her website on Pinterest…I pinned a lot of her work but hadn’t explored them until today.

I’m a novice when it comes to gardening, but her beautiful website is such a great resource for beginners that I had to share with everyone.


(Photos are screenshots from her website; the content of this post is my opinion only, I am not affiliated with Lisa Orgler in any way and do not financially benefit from promoting her website.)


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