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"Vanessa Gardner Nagel ‘s seminar on ‘Understanding Basic Design Principles’ at the 2010 Northwest Flower & Garden Show received rave reviews from the audience. Using humor and a relaxed manner, she discussed the principles of garden design in a well-organized fashion that both beginners and more experienced gardeners could grasp. Her images reinforced the concepts perfectly. “She’s an excellent teacher, and she will likely write a good book” wrote one audience reviewer. “She was great - have her back!” said another. She will definitely be returning as a garden show speaker next year!." 
Janet Endsley, Northwest Flower and Garden Show (2010)

Attend a workshop with landscape designer and garden author, Vanessa Gardner Nagel, APLD, NCIDQ

Planning: Outdoor Fabric Workshop, Spring 2016


Creating Landscape Design Installation Documents

What you will learn:

  • The essential drawings to describe your project and what makes it easier for contractors
  • The conventions surrounding a set of installation documents (i.e. the order of a set, notes, and more)
  • Why it's even more important when the project is bid
  • Navigating liability, legal jargon, and plans versus 'waving your arms' on site
  • Beyond the master plan, planting plan & plant list: how to create a cover sheet, hardscape plan, lighting plan and furnishings plan and learn why they are important.
  • Learn the approach to drawing enlarged or partial plans, elevations, and details.

About the instructor:
Before Vanessa became an APLD-certified landscape designer, Vanessa's previous career as a commercial interior designer meant that most of the time she was working with architects. During that over 20-year period she learned the importance of assembling a 'tight' set of drawings for a project. During her last position for a multi-national architecture and engineering firm (now under the umbrella of its parent company, CH2M Hill), part of the job entailed taking insurance exams to qualify for a greater liability insurance discount. Vanessa is also the author of 'Understanding Garden Design' and 'The Professional Designer's Guide to Garden Furnishings', published by Timber Press, and a well-known garden design speaker in the Pacific Northwest.

Vanessa will have sample drawing sets available, as well as a PowerPoint presentation that will take you step-by-step through the process.

Continuing education for APLD certified members: 1.5 CEU's


Finishing Touches:
The Basics of Outdoor Furniture and Fabrics


"Many thanks for presenting this workshop. You have a wealth of knowledge and share it so effectively. I never put down my pencil! 12 pages of notes later I have a good understanding of how a designer can begin to develop relationships with reps and suppliers. My world has expanded!"

"Great job on the workshop yesterday. I learned a ton."

"I may have already got (sic)a client interested in hiring me on to look for furniture! ...will say it was a very informative/meaty (hope you aren't a vegetarian) presentation."

"It was really one of the best workshops I have ever attended and I am gratefull for all of the work, thoughtfulness, and detail that went into your presentation. You did an outstanding job."

"My hand was aching after trying to write down all of your good information. Once again, thank you so much for a most informative afternoon, simply outstanding."

We explored the foundations of outdoor furniture and fabric selection:

  • How history and architecture influence furniture styles and why it matters;
  • Learn how to choose durable and sustainable materials;
  • Get the inside scoop about how the furniture and fabric industry trade works

3 CEU's were provided to APLD certified members

Attendees met local vendors, added new services to their businesses, and were empowered to control the entire design of their projects.

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