A free landscape design workshop will showcase the work and innovative approaches of artist Patricia Michael at the Llano Master Gardener Association meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Llano County Library. Michael’s understanding of ecological design can help you save money, protect the environment, and enhance the enjoyment of your surroundings. Refreshments will be available during the 3-hour workshop.
After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree, Michael first trained as an artist in painting, drawing and print making. After that, she taught architectural design, interior design, plus visual arts and sculpture. When Michael moved to Central Texas to become the steward of a 2,000-acre ranch, she learned to combine her aesthetic sensibility with shrewd observation of natural systems. She took advanced studies in organic agriculture and sustainable systems design, resulting in an ongoing series of installations that combine beauty and practicality, inspiration and sustainability, grace and abundance. She currently practices organic landscape design in Central Texas.
Michael has taught Permaculture Design for more than 20 years with the International Permaculture Institute, which describes permaculture as “an ecological design system for sustainability in all aspects of human endeavor. It teaches how to design natural homes and abundant food production systems, regenerate degraded landscapes and ecosystems, and much more.”
As a teacher, Michael will show you what is possible and help you make it happen. Her landscapes change through the seasons and years to provide you with ongoing beauty in your surroundings. As a consultant, Michael works closely with clients to design sites for beauty, utility and sustainability. She has done site planning for raw land, new buildings and rehabs, both residential and commercial. She brings an understanding of how systems change over time, and can create durable, well-planned and cost-effective solutions. You save money by thinking through steps in the initial design stages. Michael also specializes in solving water problems, such as occasional flooding, cost-effectively.
“Although the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” — Bill Mollison, a founder of the permaculture design movement