Landscaping 101

The Door County Master Gardeners will present a free public two-part program on home landscape design on April 15 & 22 at 7 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek. The Master Gardeners presented an introduction to professional landscape design earlier this spring, and now offer a two-part series designed for homeowners who have a real desire to tackle creating a home landscape without the assistance of a professional.

As a companion to his successful presentation last year on vegetable gardening, Tom Luebker of the Door County Master Gardeners will guide participants through the process of designing a home landscape and then bringing the design to life.

Luebker begins his series on April 15 with a discussion about plants. Before homeowners pick up a pencil and begin to draw a landscape design, they must have a basic understanding of plants. More importantly, they must have an understanding of plants that grow well in Door County.

This program will begin with basic information on plant names, climatic zones, sizes, light conditions and soil pH. Then Luebker will present a palette of trees, shrubs, perennial flowers, grasses, roses and bulbs that all do well in Door County.

Throughout the program he will also identify any plants that have a high resistance to our ever-present deer. The idea is to provide the homeowner a set of skills and the information required to make the design choices that will lead to a successful and economical home landscape.

The second part on April 22 will help homeowners overcome the challenges of budget and intimidation. By tackling a new landscape with smart multi-year planning and manageable project sizes, a homeowner can fit a beautiful garden within his budget, never waste a penny, and never be overwhelmed by the work involved.

The programs are free and open to the public. For more information visit