DO-It-Yourself Garden Design

Do you want to transition your yard to more native plants and less lawn? Make it healthier for the planet and your family, and more wildlife friendly? Do you enjoy the process of figuring things out yourself, or don’t have the funds to hire a garden designer to prepare a plan for you? Here are some DIY resources that can help.


Design Templates

A number of organizations have created guides and design templates for people deciding what to plant and how to arrange plantings.


Other Places to Ask Questions and Learn More

Please write to us with any other suggestions you have for fellow native plant gardeners! (email:


Professional Design Assistance

If you’d like some professional help, our list of local landscape designers indicates (with an *) those willing to come walk your property with you for an hour, offering advice and answering questions without expectation of further work, for a flat fee of $100.