DIY Garden Design: Site Planning

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019

Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Instructor: Scot Pipkin

Location: Arroyo Room & Garden Grounds


Interested in adding California native plants to your home, but not sure where to start? Building a solid understanding of your site is a critical first step to knowing which plants you can choose from, how they could be arranged, and how you can use the space over time. In this workshop, you'll be given the tools to approach designing the California landscape of your dreams. Specifically, we will discuss understanding sun/shade patterns, sensory opportunities/constraints, and site conditions such as topography, drainage, and soil. Additionally, participants will be introduced to free, user-friendly digital and analog tools that can assist with site planning.


Image of Scot PipkinScot Pipkin was born and raised in San Diego, California. After attending UCLA and receiving a degree in Geography with an emphasis in biogeography, he has spent his career acquiring and sharing an understanding of the natural world that emphasizes the interconnections that surround us. This work has allowed him to work in some of the most beautiful and ecologically rich places in the Southwest, including Yosemite, the redwoods of the San Mateo Coast, Tejon Ranch, Saguaro National Park in Arizona, and the Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico. Along the way, he received a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona.