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Hey There! I’m Rochelle Greayer. I’m a garden designer on TV and IRL. I’m also an author and entrepreneur who thinks she can save the world by teaching everyone a little something about landscape design.



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Plant Design Boot Camp

Doors To Planting Design Boot Camp Close In:

Create Beautiful Planting Schemes & a Stunning Garden Without Wasting Your Time & Money on the Wrong Plants

STOP! Don’t Even Think About Going to the Garden Center With Out A Planting Plan!

Why? Because we all know how the story ends…

…A whole bunch of money gets spent on a whole bunch of beautiful plants. But they don’t create what you were hoping for in your own garden. Again. <sigh>


…Overwhelm sets in, things get weird, decision making capabilities screech to a halt and the next thing you know, you are soothing yourself with a 500 calorie frappuccino.


…Everything seems fine, you think you got this, but then a few weeks later all the plants that looked so nice and healthy when you bought them, just up and die. <the end>

Announcing Planting Design Boot Camp taought by Rochelle Greayer (Garden Designer and creator of PITH + VIGOR)

I just finished teaching the inaugural run of Garden Design Boot Camp last month.  My students were great and while they discovered how to create a master plan for their garden, I discovered just how much I love teaching (and I can’t wait to do it again).  So I am launching another new class.


Garden Design Boot Camp was about the big picture and starting from no design and ending with a Master Plan.  Planting Design Boot Camp takes the next step.  We will delve into planting design and I will show how to create stunning planting schemes that will make your garden the prettiest and most successful on the block.


Good planting is hard – it requires an immense amount knowledge about individual plants as well as design. And conceiving of a plan that could involve many different types of plants in a large and varied area is beyond the mental capacity of normal humans (including and especially me).  But there are systems and strategies that I’ve figured out over my career that make it a whole lot easier to get it right and that is what I will be teaching you.

I’ve been a gardener all my life and a professional garden designer for the last 16 years but it wasn’t until I’d been practicing for many years that I was able to effectively and quickly design planting schemes that I knew would be beautiful and successful every time.  In this class I will teach you my easily repeatable system for creating stylish, plant filled gardens that work. It doesn’t matter where you live and it doesn’t matter what your personal style is (in fact, this class will help you figure that out too).


Start Date:
Thursday March 29th, 2018


End Date:
Friday April 13th, 2018

Lessons will be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the course.  There will be 2 live sessions (on Saturday April 7th and Friday April 13th) where students can join a live cast to get their questions answered. These will be recorded in case you miss them and want to watch them at another time. You will also have opportunities to submit questions ahead of the live events.

Time Commitment: 
Course Materials will take you 4-5 hours per week to review.  Homework (which is optional – but highly encouraged to take full advantage of the class) will take additional time. The homework is all about creating your first planting plan for your garden.  Students who complete the homework by Monday April 22nd, 2018 are eligible for a student-only contest.  Two contest winners will be awarded a free 45 minute one on one consultation with Rochelle Greayer to review and provide feedback on their personal plans, answer questions and refine their individual projects.




All the course materials will be available online for you to access on your own schedule .  After the course ends, the lessons in the course remain online in your student library. Your access to the online lessons will remain online and so long as you keep track of your log in details you can refer back to it whenever you want. 

This class will be taught with a mix of video, screencasts, audio recordings and written lessons. In addition to being online, all materials can be downloaded and saved offline for personal use.



No previous design or gardening experience is required, however in order to fully participate in the homework you must have a real life planting area that you will be designing for.

If your project garden is a completely blank slate, and you have no idea what the overall design will be (and therefore don’t have any idea about what you are trying to achieve with the planting) you may first want to sign up for Garden Design Boot Camp. The next session of Garden Design Bootcamp will be offered in May of 2018 – you can sign up here to be notified when registration for that class opens.

Each lesson will be presented by video and will be broken down into subtopics.  Lessons will also include homework allowing you to practice what you learned on your own garden project.  Homework will be shared via Milanote.



Welcome + Introduction

Getting Started – How to create a base plan

Assessing your conditions and how to work with what you have.

How to find plants that will work for your garden and your style (even if you don’t know a hydrangea from a hosta)

The building blocks of a successful planting design

How to put plants together

How to create different planting styles (Mixed, cottage, matrix, naturalistic, formal, Asian, exotic and more)

How to draw a plan and organize your design

Navigating the nursery, purchasing plants and shopping like a pro

The basics of trees, shrubs, perennials, biennials, annuals, and bulbs

From plan to garden – tips for setting out and installing your garden



Yes! – Homework and projects will be shared via Milanote.  Milanote is a free app and students should create an account before the class starts. Don’t worry about using it just yet – a tutorial of how to use Milanote will be part of the welcome and introduction lesson.

Live sessions will be conducted with Zoom and video of the sessions will be posted to the class website for later viewing.  You do not need an account with zoom to participate, but fair warning – the great thing about zoom is that we can all see each other and have a class wide conversation face to face (i.e. there is video!).  If you don’t have a camera on your computer or you don’t want to get out of your PJ’s to participate – that is 100% ok – you are more than welcome to participate with the video turned off.  We will still be able to see your name and hear your voice should you have a question or input during the session.

You will also need:

Graph paper (I recommend 11″ x17″ or A3 paper but if you don’t have large planting areas then you may be able to get away with 8.5″ x 1″ or A1).

A simple circle template is optional – but very useful.

Pencils and a camera (your phone camera is perfect).

After you register, you will receive a welcome email that will also include links to where to get apps and supplies.



Registration Fee:

$127USD  Buy Now

There is a 5-day money back guarantee (after the course has started).  If you want to cancel your purchase of the course for any reason, you are free to do that with a full refund up until Wednesday April 4th, 2018.  No refunds will be given after the April 4th, 2018.

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Your Teacher

Hi, I’m Rochelle Greayer and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher.

I’ve designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.  After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series was launched in early 2018.

Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and now Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

Learn to create your own beautiful and successful planting plans in Planting Design Boot Camp Today!

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  1. Ed Morrow

    March 20th, 2018 at 11:27 am


    I am interested in this course, but I have some concerns. I live in California, along the CAlifornia central coast. The climate here is very different from most of the US. The biggest difference is we have no rain in the summer. From April to November we get no rain. The winters are wet and mild; freezes are rare and snow here in Carmel Valley is a once in a decade event. This naturally affects gardens and planting design. Plant material has to be drought tolerant, and water is scarce and expensive. Most planting design books – most of them seem to come from places with snowy winters and rain throughout the summer – simply don’t work in this part of California. For example the perennials that are the mainstay of most planting designs simply would not survive in the summer long drought in California.

    So my question, how adaptable is this course to my climate? I would appreciate you insight to my problem.

    Thank you for your help.

    Ed Morrow
    Carmel Valley, CA

  2. Rochelle

    March 20th, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Ed – Great question! You are correct – your garden in CA and mine in MA will require wildly different plants. But how to approach figuring out how to plant the two different sites is the same. This course is highly adaptable because planting design is based on two things (like most artistic endeavors) – Method and Materials. First (Method) is knowing how to design. How to approach a layout, how to put things together (visually and functionally) and how to determine and achieve the look and style that you are hoping to create plus putting together colors and shapes and all the various elements (and a whole lot more). The second is, of course, the plants (Materials). Yes, you do have to know something about the plants – and the plants that you would choose in CA are certainly going to be different than the ones that I would choose here in New England. But you need a strategy to figure out what you need, how to find it, how to make sure it will work in your garden. Planting Design (the first part) is 100% universal and while the Materials themselves (the plants) are not 100% universal – the way to sort out what you need and how to use them is (And that is what I teach).
    Plus – depending on where all the students come from – I’ve got a small army of professional design friends who are helping me with regionalizing the course so that you (and any student) can started with good plant lists that will work in your region.
    Bottom line answer – yes – totally adaptable.

  3. Ed Morrow

    March 21st, 2018 at 10:59 pm


    This may be a bit nit-picky, but the 30th of March this year is a Friday. On your website the starting date is given as Thursday March 30th, 2018. Is it correct to assume that the starting date will be Friday the 30th of March?

    Ed Morrow

  4. Rochelle

    March 22nd, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Hi Yes – sorry about that – and thanks for pointing it out – to be clear It starts on Thursday March 29th – will go correct!

  5. Jennifer B

    March 29th, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Hi, just signed up for the design boot camp and went to download Milanote App and couldn’t find it. Could you send a link?

  6. Rochelle

    March 29th, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Hey there! There is a link in the post below the video. It is a desktop app – not a mobile app (just in case you are looking for it on your phone). If you are on a desktop though, just click through.

  7. Jennifer K.

    April 14th, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Hi Rochelle,

    So excited about this course (!), but I’m off with the timing. I found out about it too late and I’m a bit preoccupied with installing a new flower/veg garden at the moment. Will you offer this course again? Maybe later next Fall or in the Winter?

    Many Thanks!

  8. Rochelle

    April 14th, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Hi Jennifer – I am going to be offering the Garden Design Bootcamp again in May and the Planting Design Bootcamp in June. I look forward to meeting you in class!

  9. Paula Kosko

    June 28th, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Hi! Just found your site and learned about the classes. Is there a replay available for both the classes? I need to finalize a plan this summer to be able to plant in the early fall (zone 5b in PA along Lake Erie.) Being knee-deep in expanding and removing clay and rock from the existing foundation bed, your bootcamps would be very helpful.

  10. About Rochelle Greayer

    June 28th, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Paula – Both classes will be offered again this year (2018) – In August and September and into October. If you want to be notified of when they are open for registration, click through to the wait list and sign up – then you will get first notice for registration. Looking forward to meeting you in class!
    Also – once you are in the class – you have access to the class forever… so you can work through it at your own pace.

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