Patricia Michael, MFA
Landscape Designer and Permaculture Consultant


Patricia teaches courses in Landscape Design at Go Native U, a project of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the University of Texas at Austin. You can register on line at the Classes and Programs page. Look for Native Plant Gardening (NPG) Certificate. Or call (512) 232-0100.

Upcoming Classes

  • Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9 am to noon: Native Plant Gardening: Landscape Design
  • Sunday, October 2, 2016, noon to 4 pm: Elective: Landscape Design Studio I
  • Sunday, October 9, 2016, noon to 4 pm: Elective: Landscape Design Studio II

Native Plant Gardening: Landscape Design

Proper design will help ensure a successful native plant garden. In this class you will learn how to create a list of goals for your landscape, analyze your site (soils, light, water, drainage, slope, traffic patterns, neighboring conditions, etc.) and perform an inventory of existing features. You will also learn about base maps (what they are and how to create and use them) and designing a garden layout and conceptual plan. We will also discuss how to incorporate existing plants and other features into a fresh design and how to find resources or professional assistance. Dress for the weather (sunscreen, hat, water, etc.); some class time will be spent outdoors.

Landscape Design Studio

Building upon the introductory class "Native Plant Gardening: Design," this course will allow you to take the principles and skills you acquired and apply them in a studio environment. The majority of class time will be spent drawing while the instructor provides you with individual assistance throughout the day. After the first class, you will be asked to continue working on your concepts and develop them further for the next meeting. The second class will begin with an informal sharing session to respond to and learn from one anotherís processes. The rest of the day will again be focused on producing drawings that allow you to investigate your design process in order to have a clearer design when you finish.

Please bring: House/Lot/Survey site plan (1/4" scale) or a detailed drawing of your property, architects' scale (3-sided ruler), pencils and erasers.

More Information

Here is an informative video about the Go Native U series:

Inquire about occasional other classes in landscape and Permaculture design by contacting Patricia at +1 (512) 291-4300 or


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