‘Getting started – learn how to design your own cool outdoor haven’ in just 4 weeks

In just 4 weeks I'll show you how to design a cool outdoor haven for your home. This outdoor space will nourish you and your household and will help you ride out heatwaves without losing your cool. You'll learn how to look at your site in a new way and create a space filled with a thriving layer of plants (nature's air conditioners) and places for you to sit and rejuvenate. And I'll share with you my method of choosing the right shade tree for a hotter, drier future. I've taught hundreds of students a landscape design method that builds confidence quickly. This is a great course for people who've never designed before and think they can't draw. You will learn how to create a base plan and analyse your site, develop a grid to guide your design, create a cool outdoor 'room' and draw a section through it, assess your design for enough shading and cooling and select the right plants for your climate and outdoor space. After each lesson, exercises are set which students are expected to undertake in their own time before the next course. The course is delivered in 7 live on-line lessons over 4 weeks and starts Saturday 4 July. LIMIT 30 PLACES. TICKETS $120


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I’m a Landscape Architect and founded the The Climate Factory in 2019 to empower people to create climate-ready outdoor spaces – that cool the landscape, provide habitat and enhance well-being.

I trained in Landscape Architecture and Ecology, have designed hundreds of sustainable gardens, taught landscape design at University of Canberra, managed urban wetland retrofit projects and worked in community development.