Become a part of HOMEscape Solutions and we will assist in developing your dreams!
HOMEscapes Solutions, developed by SCMGs Darlene Chandler Bassett, Denise Davis and Cathryne Richards, has served the community for 10 years by teaching the principles of basic landscape design, providing the tools to PLAN ones landscape and the support needed to proceed with the project. The seven week class is open to Sandoval County Master Gardeners, Interns, and residents and is limited to 20 people.
Those who have previously taken this class are eligible to become Team Leaders and assist in the presentation of the class, do home site visits, keep the smaller groups focused on the goal of creating their dream landscape over the course, and earn volunteer credit hours. Team Leaders do not pay for the class.
The class meets one evening a week for seven weeks in Placitas. The cost is $60 for materials, class presentations and home study groups. All participants (both students and volunteers) must be willing to commit to the entire seven week program, since each class builds on the previous week and there is much homework. If interested, you may request a detailed outline of the course of study.
This class fills up fast, so get your name on our list right away.
For SCMGs: Call or email Cathryne Richards to register or for more information.
For All Others: Please call the Sandoval County Extension Office at 505-867-2582 to be placed on the class list.
Although volunteers may be required to do some home visits, they do not receive credit for these hours since it is part of the home work and there is no way to track the hours.
UPDATE:This gives a general outline of the class, although it has now been extended by two weeks to make the class seven weeks long in total.
Week 1 -- Pre-Registration
Facilitators introduce themselves and discuss materials. Each student comes prepared with a three minute introduction of themselves, where they live and a statement of their garden's biggest disappointment. An intro "kit/list" of materials is given out. Groups are formed with the locale based on the Team Leaders assigned. Participants are encouraged to start their own idea file by going to any home improvement store and buying magazines to find ideas that they would like to incorporate into their landscapes.
Individual and group work begins. Participants view a visual essay of "what HOMEscaping means". Facilitators cover/define the kit and lists. Participants are instructed how to do a Bubble Plant -- Site Planning I. Participants "name and claim" their outdoor spaces, putting a name to each area and describing its function/use. Participants divide into break-out groups where each student selects and discusses a favorite idea from their idea file. Each break-out group comes up with the BEST idea from the group to present to the entire class. Each participant is asked to do a rough drawing of their entire home/garden space.
1. Walk through your garden and see what is there
2. Walk through your garden and visualize what could be there
3. Walk through your garden and see how it flows
4. Group Assignment: Walk through another group member's garden and see what is there to get a different perspective.
Facilitators provide tips and pointers. That is followed by a question and answer session. Participants view the visual essay "How to HOMEscape" -- Site Planning II and each group shares problems/solutions with the rest of the class.
1. Develop the "Whole Plan"
2. What is your dream for your entire HOMEscape, including hardscape, landscape, plant selection, cost estimate, time-frame, management and maintenance schedule?
Participants present their individual "Dream HOMEscape Plans" to their group and then decide on one person's HOMEscape to complete as a group project.
1. Meet together and complete the dream HOMEscape plan and select one member to present the final draft to entire class.
2. The following week, do a presentation including photos, plans and layout.
Group dream HOMEscape plans are presented to the entire class. A winner is chosen and group members of the winning design receive a gift certificate and are asked to present their winning plan at the following year's HOMEscape class. Participants turn in their feedback forms.