The 2021-2022 season of the Garden Club of Woodbridge commenced, via Zoom, with guest speaker Renee Marsh. Renee Marsh is a garden designer, advanced master gardener, horticulturist and flower farmer. She is the owner of A Simpler Place (garden design). She was the head gardener for the Town of Monroe where she designed and managed public gardens. She teaches gardening classes at the New York Botanical Gardens, and local adult education.
On September 14, Renee gave members an informative presentation, “Landscape Design Basics.” She opened her presentation with signs of landscaping bad design (bad proportion, house hugging beds or plants, meatball shrubs, matching flowers, too much of the same thing, mismatched styles), discussed design style (formal/structured, informal), design layers (structural layers, companion plant layers, groundcover layers), design form (combining plant forms for visual pleasure, analogous colors/contrasting colors ) and design space (garden rooms, bubble diagrams, elements of space) in order to give the audience a landscape plan based on a desired style, with steps to get to that result.