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Course Description

Stone sundial in front of hedge and pergola covered walking path

This is an introductory landscape design appreciation course that is designed to raise your awareness and understanding of the critical components of landscape design. You will develop an analytical ‘eye’ for design styles, landscape structures, and the use of building and plant materials. You will also develop a “design vocabulary” that will help you articulate key concepts of landscape design. By the end of the course students will be able to talk in an informed manner about landscape design.

Note: Designing the Landscape does not provide drawing/presentation skills needed to create landscape designs. To learn graphic techniques and design principles, see Landscape Design I and II.

Designed For

Landscape practitioners and gardeners with a broad spectrum of experience and knowledge, wishing to improve their landscape design appreciation skills.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Summarize and compare the many aesthetic, functional and sustainable factors that are a part of meaningfully designed landscapes;
  2. Expand and combine their knowledge of the many components of designed landscapes;
  3. Critique residential and commercial landscapes effectively via recognized standards of meaningful design; and
  4. Distinguish and compare established graphic symbols and styles that illustrate design intentions,

Course Topics

  • Purpose, benefits and vocabulary of landscape design
  • Factors affecting landscape design
  • Landscape graphics
  • Ingredients of landscape design
  • Tools of Landscape Design
  • Recipe for Landscape Design


Assessment Item Weight
Discussions (6 x 5%) 30%
Assignment 1: Critique 10%
Quiz 1 10%
Assignment 2: Landscape Drawing Critique 10%
Quiz 2 10%
Quiz 3 15%
Assignment 3: Site Plan Proposal 15%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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