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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

This information pertains to a past summer program.

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Adult courses

Home Ground: A Residential Landscape Design Workshop

Week 3: July 17-23, 2016

The registration period for this program has passed.
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Whether in a professional's hands or our own, residential landscape design is both an art and a science. Creating a design for our property, in which we reflect our aesthetic point of view, is the art; ensuring that the design is in sync with its natural surroundings is the science.

Whatever your aspirations, Michele Palmer, professional landscape architect and former professor of landscape architecture at Cornell, will help you bring them to life. Michele's thoughtful lectures will give you a foundational understanding of landscape design concepts, and field trips to the Cornell Botanic Gardens and to select gardens will give you an opportunity to analyze challenges and constraints. By week's end, you'll be ready to return home with the knowledge and inspiration to develop your own home landscape.

Michele Palmer

Landscape architect Michele Palmer is the owner of Templeton Landscape Architecture and Planning, with offices in Ithaca and Cooperstown.

Michele holds a master of landscape architecture from Cornell University, where she taught site engineering and design courses from 2002 to 2014.... > more


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers the course, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy per adult $1,932, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy per adult $1,990, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,115

*This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option: $425. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience.