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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Home Ground: A Residential Landscape Design Workshop

Week 1: July 7-13, 2019

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 your property that reflects your 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 design concepts, while field trips to the Cornell Botanic Gardens and other notable grounds will give you opportunities to analyze landscape challenges and constraints. By week's end, you'll return home with the knowledge and inspiration to develop your own outdoor oasis.

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 adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. 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

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.