Yardscapes: Sustainable Landscapes for Urban Lots

  • Yardscapes: Sustainable Landscapes for Urban Lots
    September 9, 2017
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

With the right design and good gardening techniques, you can transform your yard from boring grass into a luscious, low-maintenance yard that relaxes you, and is inviting to birds and butterflies.

Take your yard from grass to grand!

In this class, we’ll take an interpretive tour of the instructor’s well-designed yardscape (about a mile from the folk school), which demonstrates hill, rock, wet, woodland, and food gardens. After the tour, we’ll head back to the Folk School to begin cooperative planning exercises that are designed to give you the tools to design a garden for your individual needs. Good design is foundational, as is the understanding of the potential of your yard.

Each year, your grass will decrease, and the backyard plant, bird, butterfly diversity will increase! Get ready to welcome an amazing array of nature back into your outdoor living space!

Registration Includes

Each student will receive a ‘planning kit’ which will be used to help create a multi-layered plan for making your yard more nature-friendly in an aesthetically designed garden space specific for your site. Using your design, we’ll plan a mix of native and cultivated planting options for your future garden. This will help focus your plant purchases, site development, time and energy. We will discuss “problem” areas, and discuss possible solutions.

Skill Level

No prior experience needed, but you should definitely be ready to take your yard to a new place!

Best for Ages…

18 and older.

You should bring…

  • A drawing of your yard, which should includes buildings, major trees, fences, outbuildings, sidewalks, driveways indicated-approximate or exact measurements, compass heading of property (a printed Google Maps ‘satellite view’ of your home can help with this significantly). Printed photos of areas you want to focus on would also help.
  • Bring a quart jar, half-full of soil from the part of your yard you are planning to landscape
  • Bag lunch, water, snacks
  • The garden tour is outdoors, so dress for the weather!



1917 W Superior St, Duluth, Minnesota, 55806, United States


Our main campus is:

Duluth Folk School 1917 W. Superior St. Duluth, MN  55806 Duluth Folk School


  1. Will you offer this class again? I am VERY interested but I have a prior obligation for this date.

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