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Course Description

This ONLINE course is to provide an opportunity to further your plant identification skills while learning about the use of plants in a specific context, in this case, the creation of what has come to be called the ‘new prairie landscape'. As part of that, you will learn about the natural landscape movement from the late 19th century to the present time. The course will help you understand the ecology and creation of a landscape influenced by the prairie biome, and supportive of wildlife. You will learn about natural succession and its management in naturalistic meadow landscapes. You will explore the use of plant associations in garden design, and why they are important, and how to use native plants in sophisticated ways. This course is about creating a modern garden that provides freedom, ease and harmony. It’s because of the importance of this ‘prairie garden’ style that I developed this course as a way to share the information with you.

Course Outline

Module 1: Plant Identification

  • Identification and use of plants suited for creation of gardens in the New Prairie Landscape style.
  • Perennials
  • Bulbs 
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Trees and Shrubs

Module 2: Creating Gardens in a New Way

  • Introduction
  • Garden innovation and History
  • Garden ecology
  • Designing in the Prairie Landscape Style
  • Planning the Garden Layout
  • Grade Changes
  • Plant associations
  • Creating structure in landscapes 
  • Block planting v/s filtered planting
  • Architectural plants
  • Covering ground 

This is an independent study program. You have up to two months to complete a course, but the pace for completion is up to you.   The course will provide you with a suggested study plan to help you keep on track. Students who are most successful with this approach to learning are those who are self-directed and self-disciplined.  It is suggested that you plan on studying the material at least three to four hours per week instead of studying it all at one time.

Recommended For

This in an optional module within the Master Gardener Training Program.  Your key to success in this course will be 'practice makes perfect'.  Please note this course is not part of the core courses within the Master Gardener Training Program Certificate.
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Section Title
The New Prairie Landscape Course
Type
Online
Dates
Oct 01, 2019 to Dec 01, 2019
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $261.18
Section Notes

Decision deadline is September 24, 2019!

Tuition is refunded if a course is cancelled by Extended Learning. Tuition is also refunded if the applicant notifies Extended.learning@dal.ca in writing prior to the decision deadline for the course or program. Tuition will not be refunded after the decision deadline.

Section Title
The New Prairie Landscape Course
Type
Online
Dates
Nov 15, 2019 to Jan 15, 2020
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $261.18
Section Notes

Decision deadline is November 8, 2019!

Tuition is refunded if a course is cancelled by Extended Learning. Tuition is also refunded if the applicant notifies Extended.learning@dal.ca in writing prior to the decision deadline for the course or program. Tuition will not be refunded after the decision deadline.

Section Title
The New Prairie Landscape Course
Type
Online
Dates
Feb 01, 2020 to Apr 01, 2020
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $261.18
Section Notes

Decision deadline is January 24, 2020!

Tuition is refunded if a course is cancelled by Extended Learning. Tuition is also refunded if the applicant notifies Extended.learning@dal.ca in writing prior to the decision deadline for the course or program. Tuition will not be refunded after the decision deadline.

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