Earth-Kind Landscape Design and Management School slated for Oct. 3-5 in Dallas

DALLAS – An Earth-Kind Landscape Design and Management School will be held Oct. 3-5 in Building E of the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road in Dallas.

Low Impact Landscape  Properly designed West Texas landscapes can add beauty and value to a home when the right plants are selected and thoughtfully placed on the property.  Added benefits include reduced water consumption, lower energy bills and less time performing maintenance. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Jeff Floyd)

An Earth-Kind Landscape Design and Management School led by Dr. Steven George will be held Oct. 3-5 in Building E of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas.   (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Jeff Floyd)

Extended, personalized design consultations will be given a few weeks after the program, said  Dr. Steve George, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service landscape specialist. George is the creator of the Earth-Kind Environmental Landscape Management System and will serve as lead instructor in addition to conducting the personalized post-program design consultations.

Class times for the program will be from 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 3, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 4 and from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

“During this unique educational experience, you will learn how to design, plant, and manage a landscape that is beautiful, low maintenance, drought tolerant and the ultimate in environmental responsibility,” George said.

He said the  course will be presented in a time and travel efficient format, and will consist of in-depth classroom instruction, an outdoor laboratory session, a field trip to tour Earth-Kind plant trials and a personalized 1.5 hour landscape design consultation to be given a few weeks after the program.

George said no prior plant, design or landscape management knowledge is needed, and those attending the school will learn how to:

— Design, plant, and manage a beautiful, low-maintenance, environmentally responsible landscape.

— Work with Mother Nature to protect homes and communities.

— Reduce irrigation use in landscape beds by 70 percent, and totally eliminate fertilizers and harsh pesticides on the plants, as well as reduce the amount of pruning needed.

“During the field trip portion of the program, we will tour the latest Earth-Kindfield trials on herbaceous perennials, annuals, landscape roses and crape myrtles,” he said.

Topics covered during the program will include: basic landscape design principles; front yard versus backyard landscaping; creating “destination gardens” within a larger landscape; landscaping with low-maintenance Earth-Kind roses; selecting the right landscape plants and turf grass; choosing and working with a retail nursery; Earth-Kind environmental soil-management techniques; selecting high-quality compost; and Earth-Kind irrigation techniques and methods for coping with heat and drought.

“When the course is complete, you will have been given a wealth of landscape knowledge and will leave with a labeled working landscape plan for the major landscape area of your choice,” George said.

He said the school is an outstanding value at $295 per household and includes all class materials, lecture programming, outdoor laboratory, field trip and extended design consultation.

For more information and to get a participant contact information sheet for enrollment, please contact Kimberly Betancourt at 972-952-9211 or

“Class size is very limited, so you will want to enroll as soon as possible,” George said.

Enrollment will be closed when class size limit is reached or at 5 p.m. on Oct. 2, whichever comes first.


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