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JANUARY 2024 Events
Enrollment Opens for the 2024 Placemakers Garden Design Course
Tuesday, January 2nd | Enrollment with First-tier Early Bird Pricing Begins
Enrollment opens for the 2024 Placemakers Academy Small Group Garden Design Immersion.This course will change the way you see landscapes, you will see new potentials and possibilities emerging, where you might have been stuck and uninspired before. You will gain the confidence to make great choices for your home garden, to make a landscape that fits you like a glove.
Enrollment Open for the 2024 Placemakers Garden Design Course
Tuesday, January 9th | Enrollment with Second-tier Early Bird Pricing Begins
Early-bird tier-two pricing begins for the 2024 Placemakers Immersion Course. We will teach you how to analyze your site, to understand its unique thumbprint. You will have the opportunity to slow down and observe the elements that shape the land, and how to work in concert with them. You will hone your designer’s eye, learning to recognize art elements in the landscape, and how to use design principles to express your personal style and vision.
Sunday, Jan 21 2024 at 3pm | Kershaw Historical Society Revolutionary War Visitors Center at Historic Camden | Camden, SC
The earliest plan dates to 1774. Kershaw’s settlement became known as Camden in 1768. After the Reconstruction Period, Camden evolved into a tourist mecca for Northerners and mid-Westerners seeking a warmer winter climate. Camden had three large tourist hotels and many smaller boarding houses. The “Hotel Era” lasted from 1882 through the years of World War II. Camden developed as an equine center during these years – Steeplechase races, polo, and horse shows became hallmarks of Camden’s style.
Last Day to Enroll in the 2024 Placemakers Garden Design Course
Tuesday, February 6th | Last Day to Join!
The last day to join us for this incredible small-group design course! You will learn how to analyze your site, to understand its unique thumbprint. You will have the opportunity to slow down and observe the elements that shape the land, and how to work in concert with them. You will hone your designer’s eye, learning to recognize art elements in the landscape, and how to use design principles to express your personal style and vision.
Dargan Landscape Architects receives International APLD GOLD Landscape Design Award
The Association of Professional Landscape Designers awarded Mary Palmer Dargan, RLA, principal of Dargan Landscape Architects of Cashiers, NC. the prestigious International GOLD landscape design award at their recent conference in Chicago.
The Cashiers team of John Warren, Natural Landscapes and Wayne Miller of Miller Landscapes worked tirelessly for 3 years to develop the grounds. Edmund Taylor, horticulturist supreme, managed the plant material collections of rare evergreen and deciduous trees, flowering shrubs, vines, perennials, dahlias and woodland plantings for well over a decade.
Association of Professional Landscape Designers Gold International Design Winner
Mary Palmer Dargan, RLA of Dargan Landscape Architects receives an International GOLD Landscape Design Award from Eric Gilbey of Vectorworks, President of The Association of Professional Landscape Designers at the July conference in Chicago, IL.
The Judges on Ushuata,
Ushuata, created for Judy & George DIxon in Cashiers,NC, was applauded by the judges as being,
“A wonderful project. A great design that blends the site, its context , the environment and grounds. Great variety in design elements and features. Excellent job weaving materials – stone and plants – into the site.
Softer hardscape is appreciated for a lighter footprint on the land. Circular stairs – a stunning elevation transition in harmony with the site. Excellent mix of intimate and larger spaces making an overall welcoming and beautiful landscape. Well done.”
Ushuata Wins Gold at APLD 2022
Ushuata is situated on 12 acres of mountaintop with 280 degree vistas over western NC. The property was generously shared to benefit The Joy Garden tour thrice in the past 15 years. As the plant collections matured, it became a botanical garden featuring the range of plants that thrive in our area at 4500′ elevation. Sustainable practices such as water harvesting and composting exhibited good stewardship of the land.
Placemakers Academy 2022 Immersion Group Celebrates Graduation at Fernwood
The Graduates of the 2022 Spring Immersion Program gathered in Cashiers NC for a special live garden study and garden party.
The live garden tour featured several of the Dargan’s landscape designs, including their most recent home and garden at Fernwood.
The second class of Placemakers Academy Immersion Program Graduates gathered to celebrate in Cashiers, NC. The students completed a three month garden design immersion program this Spring where they learned to craft their own master landscape plans.
Each of these students honed their own designer’s eyes, and it was an honor to host them on this design journey and to celebrate them with a graduation garden party.
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