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Garden Design 101 (Interactive Class!)

Join us for a personalized design seminar! Swanson’s Perennial Buyer and garden designer, Alex LaVilla, will walk you through the plant selection and design process for 10 of your personal garden spaces! Participants are asked to submit photos of a garden space that they would like help designing and Alex will walk through his design process using these 10 chosen gardens as examples. However, anyone is welcome to register this seminar and learn from Alex's design process even if they do not wish to submit photos.

Photos must be submitted by July 15th, 2018 and only 10 submitted photos will be chosen. Potential candidates should email at least 3 photos of their space to Please include photos from 2-3 various angles as well as the following cultural information in your email:
1. Hours of sun/shade exposure from March-September
2. Length, width, and depth of the space
3. Potential water requirements for the plantings (irrigated vs. low-water-use plants).
4. Any general design and color preferences you that may have

The ten candidates selected will be contacted by email a few days after the submission deadline. Participants whose spaces have not been selected are still welcome to join the seminar to learn from watching the design process in action!

This seminar is limited to 50 participants. Please register to reserve your seat. Walk-ins are welcome if there are available seats at seminar start time.

If you are unable to attend, please unregister on or by emailing

See our seminar & workshop information page for information about registration, walk-ins, and to see the seminar room on a nursery map.