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Gardening for Summer Color


Gardening for Summer Color

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Identify your color style and learn which combination of shrubs, perennials, and annual plants will help you achieve the colorful summer garden of your dreams.

We'll start the class with an introduction to basic color theory, then we'll discuss how the nature of light, transparency of plants, and time of day affect how we perceive color. We will look at some classic garden color themes and combinations. With those foundations, each attendee will have a chance to explore their own color style and determine a specific color goal for a garden area of their choice. Next, we'll look at specific plants in each color family and we'll learn about a few online tools for helping select plants by color. By the end of the class, each attendee will have the foundations of a plant palette that will deliver summer color (and perhaps a few suggestions for spring and fall).

Mila Fournier is a garden designer and educator with two decades of design experience that started with guerilla gardening in Brooklyn and has moved her through designing some of the most sophisticated gardens in NYC.  Once in Ithaca, Mila has worked as an educator, designer, and horticultural consultant, including managing Ithaca Children's Garden and helping large developers create habitats to offset new construction.


Self Determined Sliding Scale $10-$20

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Mila Fournier
Horticulture Assistant
(607) 272-2292 ext. 194


CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850-3555

Last updated July 11, 2019