Get Ready for Spring with Upcoming Events & Workshops at Design Department

Check out Design Department soon as they’re offering some great programs to help you make the most of your indoor and outdoor spaces:

Design your own Garden: Landscape Design Classes with Meredyth Hilton! Continuing studies you’ll want to continue!

The ambiance at Design Department is serene yet exciting. Lovely plants, photos and work by a well-known street artist stand alongside the latest in cool accessories, plus irreverent posters. A marble table stretches to hold the Landscape Design Classes where students like Jayne discover their hidden designer as they draw and learn to put their personal stamp on their gardens. “An English country garden is the style I like,” Jayne says. “I’m excited to see the Veronica plants come up again this year, with their beautiful blue flowers.”

Led by garden guru Meredyth Hilton, the sessions are informative and fun, with some wine and snacks to keep the energy level high. After five weekly sessions, covering everything from paved walkways to horticulture, everyone is ready to start making those garden dreams into green reality.

Classes run every Thursday from February 27th until March 26th, 7pm to 9pm and every Saturday from April 4th until May 2nd, 2pm to 4pm. Cost is $450 + HST.

Terrarium Workshop

Design Department has exquisite terrariums and in this class guests will create their own personalized terrarium with guidance by expert gardener/designer Meredyth Hilton. Sip and taste too, with beverage and treats!

Included in the class:

  • One terrarium 7.5” in diameter
  • All plants and materials needed to create the final product
  • Instruction and guidance by Meredyth Hilton on composition, plant care and material options. 
  • A glass of wine or bubbly.

Thursday, March 12th, 7pm – 9pm, $85 + HST

One Hour Design Consultations

Clients, in a one hour process, work directly with designer Meredyth Hilton. During this design consultation they will see their landscape space come to life in a custom rendering along with planting layout. Whether the clients love hyacinths, hostas or hydrangeas, it will be their own concept. The process utilizes stories and pictures of their home and their personal vision of how the space will be used. Meredyth Hilton’s professional gardening expertise and artistic talents guide the process. The result? A beautifully rendered personal ‘snapshot’ of their proposed landscape space, and a planting layout. which the clients will then take home and use to create their own garden.


  • Clients will send photos, measurements and fill out a questionnaire before the consultation.
  • The design process will be a 1 hour meeting with Meredyth Hilton at the Design Department store.
  • Clients will leave with a custom drawing of their garden complete with instructions on planting and a list of plants/materials they will need to execute the design.

Available Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 6pm, $250 + HST


Drawing, horticulture and style plus an engaging & charismatic personality – that’s Meredyth Hilton.  Owner of two successful companies, Meredyth launched Artistic Gardens over 20 years ago.  Since then she’s grown the company from a one person operation to a highly successful landscape design/build firm that works with customers all over the GTA.

In 2019 she opened the store Design Dept. as an opportunity to incorporate more design into her life and that of her clients.  She fills the store with one of a kind vintage finds and gorgeous planters and terrariums she makes herself, as well as other carefully curated products.  She holds workshops in the store, building terrariums and teaching guests how to design their own garden space – a skill she’s honed since her time teaching at Centennial College.

Her work for both companies has been featured in publications such as House & Home, The Toronto Star and The Globe & Mail.

Design Department
558 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto Ontario