DECEMBER 2022

PLACEMAKERS NEWS & EVENTS

From garden parties to nursery tours, we love connecting with our Placemakers near and far! Stay up to date on the next great garden gathering, virtual or live. Here you can find the latest Placemakers Academy News, and join our event invite list too!

December Events

Early Bird Enrollment Begins for the 2023 Garden Design Winter Immersion

Thursday, December 1st | 12:00 AM EST

Every year, we take the cold winter months to plan our spring garden revivals. We will meet once a week for 11 weeks as we go step by step through a journey to the garden design of our dreams! Learn how to make your garden dreams a reality in the new year!

Winter Garden Q&A on Zoom- Taking Stock

Friday, December 9th | 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM EST

What’s a gardener to do in the winter? Join us for our Winter Garden Q&A, open to our whole community. We will reflect on what worked this year, what didn’t, and share our garden challenges and triumphs.

Come find out and get your year-round questions answered by an expert! If you’re not already on our email list, join the Q&A email list to get your invitation to our seasonal Q&A’s:

Immersion Program Q&A on Zoom- For Prospective Students

Wednesday, December 28th | 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM EST

Are you curious about our upcoming 2023 Garden Design Immersion? You can come and get your questions answered, and learn how the course works. We also send all of our attendees a signed copy of Lifelong Landscape Design, as a thank you for considering the immersion program with us and joining us for our Q&A!

Last Day of Early Bird Before Full Price Enrollment for the 2023 Garden Design Winter Immersion

Thursday, December 29th | 12:00 AM EST

Every year, we take the cold winter months to plan our spring garden revivals. We will meet once a week for 11 weeks as we go step by step through a journey to the garden design of our dreams! Learn how to make your garden dreams a reality in the new year!

October Events

Fall Live Garden Q&A (On Zoom)

Thursday, October 6th | 1:00-2:00 EST

Join us live on zoom to get all of your burning questions answered! It’s stump the expert time with Mary Palmer Dargan, and you are invited. We are here to support you on your gardening journey, come join us!

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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.

Placemakers Academy 2022 Garden Design Immersion Graduation

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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