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Course Description

Learn the principles of landscape design through an examination of historical influences and evolutionary changes. Through an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process, you will be introduced to the graphic hand-drawing techniques needed to produce landscape drawings, the foundation for landscape design projects.

The complete design process—including how to conduct a site analysis and select and arrange appropriate plant material and built features—will be covered through a series of assignments.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the influence of culturally-diverse historic gardens on landscape design
  • Identify important designers and predominant landscape styles
  • Describe and apply the principles and elements of landscape design
  • Describe and apply each step of the landscape design process on a residential project
  • Evaluate the design requirements of a residential landscape
  • Select building materials and plant types to meet function, aesthetic, hardiness and site requirements
  • Draw simple residential landscape plans and elevations
  • Describe and apply landscape design styles
  • Describe and apply softscape planting units
  • Recognize the trends, and environmental and ecological impact of landscaped gardens

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Landscape Design & Landscape Design History
  • Basic Hand Drafting and Graphics
  • Goals of the Landscape
  • The Landscape Design Process
  • Site Inventory & Analysis
  • Landscape Design Principles & Elements
  • Outdoor Rooms
  • Landscape Design Styles
  • Softscape Design
  • Hardscape Materials
  • Influential Persons and Organizations in Landscape Design
  • Trends in Landscape Design

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • You can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, discussions and assignments.

Landscape Design I and Ecological Design complete an area of focus in Landscape Design.

Landscape Design l is a required course in the Landscape Design Certificate/Diploma.

Do not enrol in this course if you have successfully completed Designing the Landscape (310-0005) OR Landscape Design I (310-0002).


Assessment Item Weight
Assignment 1: Landscape Graphics 5%

Assignment 2: Client Questionnaire, Site Analysis, and Landscape Inspiration

(3 parts)

Assignment 3: Site Plan Design Development 30%
Assignment 4: Design Development Site Plan with Planting Units 30%
Discussion Forums (2 x 5%) 10%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change. 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Landscape Design I
May 13, 2024 to August 04, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Horticulture Tuition $595.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

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There are no textbooks required for this course. You will be required to purchase drawing supplies typically available at an office supply retailer from the following Course Materials List. This course requires you to print and scan drawings at 8.5" x 11" size, for electronic submission of assignments. If you do not have a scanner/printer that accommodates 8.5" x 11" paper, you may need to use the services of a commercial business. Photographs and scanner apps on cell phones are not accepted as submissions. These costs are not included in the course registration fee.

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