How to Plan a Virtual Garden

Written by mindy mcintosh-shetter
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How to Plan a Virtual Garden
A computer-designed garden can prevent several common gardening mistakes. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

In recent years, several computer programs designed to help gardeners have appeared. Some are free, while others charge a yearly fee for using the program. Regardless of which program the gardener chooses, there does exist a common thread between the programs. Each program allows the gardener to pick an already designed garden plan or allows one to be created. They also provide plant information and the ability to print off the design. Some of the programs even allow the gardener to see the plan in 3D. If the gardener is savvy in computer use, a plan can be created using standard computer software.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Computer with printer

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  1. 1

    Plan what type of garden you want and its location. Measure the space and write down the dimension on a piece of paper. List plant material according to wants and needs on paper.

  2. 2

    Evaluate software found on the computer and pick a program that addresses the need.

  3. 3

    Draw out the shape of the garden using the chosen program. Add a border around the garden area to make the space easier to see.

  4. 4

    Select plants from the plant list provided by the program. Check to make sure that the plant requirements are being met in the chosen location.

  5. 5

    Add additional elements of design, such as statues, benches and/or trellises, to the garden design.

  6. 6

    View the garden from a 3D perspective, if the chosen program has this option. Once satisfied, save the garden plan and print it out later.

Tips and warnings

  • Some programs allow the user to try it free for a trial period. This is an inexpensive way of testing the program before buying it.

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