Lawn-Free Design Workshop

A mature tree is surrounded by shade loving plants like ferns and hostas.
Take the leap toward a lawn-free yard. Lawns are labor - and resource-intensive. Learn ways to reduce the amount of lawn in your home landscape and replace it with an attractive, more sustainable design that meets your goals. Whether you’re looking for less mowing and maintenance, reducing chemical use, achieving a more informal look, or enriching habitat for wildlife, landscape architect Scott Mehaffey will share inspiring examples and a step-by-step guide for you need to know to get started, including:
  • Creating a design
  • How to remove turf and  replace it with plantings, mulch, and hardscaping
  • Budgeting, working with contractors, and where to save by doing it yourself

Sign up for the full workshop for the opportunity to work one-on-one with a professional landscape architect and go home with a custom design, cost estimate and a project plan. Or, attend only the informational section on February 24th to learn what it means to lose the lawn and go “green” in a whole new way.

An experienced professional with over 25 years in the field, Scott Mehaffey has designed and overseen the installation of residential, commercial and institutional landscapes.  Scott was Landscape Coordinator for the City of Chicago under former mayor, Richard M. Daley, and was Staff Landscape Architect at The Morton Arboretum from 1993 through 2005.  Scott brings a diverse skill set and broad industry knowledge to the Arboretum.

Instructor: Scott Mehaffey, landscape architect
Note: Held indoors. Limit 20

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Saturdays, February 24, March 3 and 10, 2018 9:00 a.m. to noon
Thornhill Education Center

  • Section A: One day, February 24 (Informational session only)
  • Section B: Three days, February 24 through March 10 (Informational session plus design workshop)

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

Section A:
$39.00 member
$46.00 nonmember

Section B:
$85.00 member
$99.00 nonmember


CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.