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Chester Art Centre Gallery

Garden Bones with Candy Venning

Work with a professional landscape designer to overcome design issues. Learn to work with existing 'Garden Bones' and add new ones to create an enjoyable space with cohesive style.

Garden Bones with Candy Venning
Garden Bones with Candy Venning

Time & Location

Apr 20, 2024, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Chester Art Centre Gallery, 60 Queen St, Chester, NS B0J 1J0, Canada

About The Event

Work with a professional landscape designer to overcome design issues. Learn to work with existing 'Garden Bones' and add new ones to create an enjoyable space with cohesive style.

Starting with a series of beautiful solutions on problem sites, Candy will show lots of examples and discuss:

1) Sight lines, space and terrain

2) Use, access & privacy

3) Structures, sculptures & stone

4) Water, life & magic!

In the second half of the class we'll be using your (optional) submitted, digital pics (up to 3 photos per student of an area large or small, students choice). We will build an understanding of overcoming existing constraints to enhance the use, views and best materials to incorporate in the space to do so including suggestions for plants, sculpture, structures and more. Should you not wish to submit photos we will have plenty of material to discuss and learn from and you can take that knowledge with you to apply it to your own space.

About Your Instructor:

With over 23 years of hands-on experience in the landscape industry, Candy has focused on sustainable garden design and overseen the installation of her plans on hundreds of properties.

Candy started her career working for a private Landscape firm in the city of Toronto specializing in green roof systems. Several years later she formed her own design/build company, ‘Venni Gardens’ creating and managing the installation of every trade from stonework to carpentry for higher end properties.

Long an advocate for native plants and community engagement, she also created plans to 'de-pave' parking lots, designed natural playgrounds, re-designed the Dundas Valley School of Art entry gardens and worked with residents and the City of Hamilton to design and build a 3000 square foot native plant, public and accessible space; the Sunset Cultural Garden. She was delighted to receive the 'Betty Blashill' Environmental award in 2018 and continues her municipal and residential design work in both Ontario and Nova Scotia today. www.vennigardens.com

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