Landscape Design Classes

The need to develop, preserve, and protect our open spaces and environmental and cultural resources has never been greater. NYBG’s engaging, career-oriented program gives you a solid, plant-focused foundation along with the skills and confidence to start your own business. And the Garden offers 250 inspiring acres of sustainable, functional landscapes for up-close, in-depth study. Take a single class for pleasure or pursue a professional Certificate in Landscape Design.

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Classes

October
Matthew Urbanski will describe his approach to highlighting delight as a design imperative and how this translates into creating memorable environments for play. The core impulse behind garden-making is the pursuit of delight. Similarly, landscapes of play exist solely to more...
10/23 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Urbanski
NYBG
Landscape Design Students & Alumni Series

Come hear award-winning and nationally renowned professionals share their expertise. These popular afternoon lectures coincide with monthly morning meetings of the Landscape Design Students and Alumni Association. All are welcome to register.

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10/23 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Urbanski
Kenny
Kawai
Miller
Beck
Gwynne
NYBG
November
Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home more...
11/03 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Tryba
MDTN
For 20 years, Thomas Woltz, FASLA, CLARB, NZILA, has practiced landscape architecture at the intersection of art, ecology and culture. As the owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW), he has led the design of public parks across North more...
11/05 Mo 06:30pm-07:30pm Woltz
SCAN
It was never the aim of Humphry Repton to be great. After famed English gardener Capability Brown died, Repton took over his business, hoping to make an easy living, trotting out landscapes in the familiar Brown tradition. But as advocates more...
11/16 Fr 10:00am-11:30am Phibbs
NYBG
William Kenny, an expert in ecological planning and design, will examine a variety of factors that are essential to extraordinary wetland management. He'll highlight the successes from restoration projects his firm has completed on relatively small, suburban residential properties, including more...
11/27 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Kenny
NYBG
Turning a vision into a plan is the designer's first challenge. Learn how to analyze existing landscapes and formulate the programmatic and functional requirements of a design project. Translate these into schematic design solutions. Take part in class discussions and more...
11/29 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
NYBG
December
In the first half of the 19th century, a social revolution was born in the Hudson River Valley that would help define the character of the young American nation. Landscape designer Andrew Jackson Downing was the leader of this movement, more...
12/07 Fr 10:00am-11:30am Chisholm
NYBG
Why do we feel contemplative in Japanese gardens and architecture? Can our physical environment foster mindfulness? Yoko Kawai, lecturer at Yale School of Architecture, examines how Japanese spatial concepts such as ma (in-between-ness), utsuroi (transience), and yugen (the unknown) create more...
12/18 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Kawai
NYBG
January
This course is also required for the Horticulture Certificate TRACK 4.
Graphics are essential in developing and communicating your design ideas. Practice various graphic techniques and learn how to organize and render landscape plans on paper for more...
01/07 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Nitzky
MDTN
Learn the critical components for compiling accurate estimates for landscape projects, including materials, labor, overhead, and contingencies. Learn how to use estimates to stay profitable and compete successfully in today's business climate.
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01/07 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Eckerson
NYBG
  01/07 Mo 02:00pm-05:00pm Eckerson
NYBG
Sharpen your graphic skills as you create a file of symbols and styles to draw upon for future professional use. Techniques for black-and-white and color rendering, sheet layout, section elevations, and perspectives are covered. Prerequisite: Graphics I

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01/07 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
This course is also required for the Horticulture Certificate TRACK 4.
Study theories and principles that have shaped the design of landscapes from antiquity to the present. Explore Eastern and Western garden traditions. Survey all types of gardens more...
01/08 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Sarathy
NYBG
  01/08 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Bunnell
MDTN
This course is also required for the Horticulture Certificate TRACK 4.
Graphics are essential in developing and communicating your design ideas. Practice various graphic techniques and learn how to organize and render landscape plans on paper for more...
01/08 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Capparelli
NYBG
Turning a vision into a plan is the designer's first challenge. Learn how to analyze existing landscapes and formulate the programmatic and functional requirements of a design project. Translate these into schematic design solutions. Take part in class discussions and more...
01/09 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Lin-Luse
MDTN
Through a series of design assignments, learn how to prepare planting plans for a variety of projects. Explore the significance of site conditions as well as plant form, texture, color, and ecological associations. Learn to develop plans that are practical, more...
01/09 We 10:00am-01:00pm Gagne
NYBG
Build and expand upon your graphic presentation skills to create professional presentations to clients. Trimble SketchUp, a 3D sketching software program, is the focus of this advanced graphics class. Laptop computers (PC or Mac) with SketchUp are required. Prerequisite: Graphics more...
01/09 We 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
This course is also required for the Horticulture Certificate TRACK 4.
Graphics are essential in developing and communicating your design ideas. Practice various graphic techniques and learn how to organize and render landscape plans on paper for more...
01/10 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
Learn the various tools and applications of this software package for landscape designers. Topics include: basic skills for developing professional landscape plans, making base plans from surveys, techniques for quick estimates, and utilizing the online plant database. You must have more...
01/18 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
Drawing on her experiences designing more than 45 New York City public spaces, and a lifetime of challenges in her own garden, Lynden B. Miller shares how she looks at a sit—what's there and what could be—and how she visualizes more...
01/22 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Miller
NYBG
Explore the latest iOS apps to improve your ability to visually convey your design ideas to your clients. An Apple product whiz turned landscape designer, Cat Morris will provide an overview of tools you can use, including Adobe Capture (use more...
01/26 Sa 11:00am-03:00pm Morris
NYBG
Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home more...
01/28 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
NYBG
Grading serves both practical and aesthetic purposes in landscape design. Learn the principles of grading and how to create grading plans for your landscape projects. Through classroom discussions, exercises, and weekly assignments, students progress from mastering the use of contours more...
01/29 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
February
Legendary designers from Beatrix Farrand to Laurie Olin have used watercolor on their plans to captivate clients. In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn basic watercolor techniques, including how to mix colors and use different brushes. We'll practice painting on pre-drawn more...
02/07 Th 02:00pm-05:00pm Nemergut
NYBG
Before you launch your own landscape design and installation practice, there are many business aspects you need to consider. Topics include attracting clients, preparing proposals, pricing, purchasing and installing plants, and strategies for success.
02/07 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Nitzky
NYBG
Conventional structured landscapes are giving way to looser, more naturalistic designs based on the existing landscape's particular potential. Using images of his own six-acre garden, which—like horticulture itself—strikes a balance between art and science, Duncan Brine, a principal landscape designer more...
02/15 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Brine
NYBG
As temperatures rise and precipitation patterns shift, it is essential for designers to consider how to select, place, and care for plants that will thrive in today's conditions, as well as tomorrow's. Landscape architect, plantsman, and author Travis Beck discusses more...
02/19 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Beck
NYBG
Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home more...
02/23 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Tryba
MDTN
  03/07 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Forster
NCNC
March
Draw upon all of the skills you've developed in the Landscape Design program to create a residential project from start to finish, combining design with construction principles. Emphasis is on construction drawings, documents, and specifications, as well as estimating. Prerequisites: more...
03/07 Th 03:00pm-06:00pm Pulver
NYBG
Would you like to bring the outside inside? Green walls bring a striking beauty to any room, and help create a calm, healthy environment, by reducing noise, removing air toxins, and adding moisture and fresh oxygen to your living area. more...
03/09 Sa 10:00am-02:00pm Raimondi, CLP
MDTN
Create visually compelling portfolios to present to potential clients. Learn how to develop professional documentation for a variety of audiences through inclass design charrettes and individualized projects. Both print and electronic media presentations will be discussed. Prerequisite: Landscape Design III more...
03/12 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Yost
NYBG
Apply basic design concepts to site-specific problems, focusing on the process of design development. Start with a conceptual design, then progress through the schematic phase, leading to a preliminary design solution. Examine the relationships of landscape elements and materials to more...
03/13 We 06:15pm-09:15pm McConnell
NYBG
Explore the importance of managing storm water runoff utilizing low-impact design techniques. Through lectures, demonstrations, in-class projects, and assignments, learn to identify potential effects of runoff and how to develop a drainage plan to meet the needs of each site. more...
03/13 We 03:00pm-06:00pm TBA
NYBG
Would you like to bring the outside inside? Green walls bring a striking beauty to any room, and help create a calm, healthy environment, by reducing noise, removing air toxins, and adding moisture and fresh oxygen to your living area. more...
03/15 Fr 10:00am-02:00pm Raimondi, CLP
NYBG
Beatrix Farrand was one of the most influential and innovative garden designers of the early 20th century and the only female charter member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Over a 50-year career, she completed design commissions at the more...
03/15 Fr 10:30am-12:00pm Miller
NYBG
This course is also required for the Horticulture Certificate TRACK 4.
Study theories and principles that have shaped the design of landscapes from antiquity to the present. Explore Eastern and Western garden traditions. Survey all types of gardens more...
03/18 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Bunnell
MDTN
Learn the basic principles of constructing residential landscape features such as walks, steps, simple decks, garden structures, walls, and benches. Study landscape construction standards, techniques, and commonly used materials, and learn to draft construction details. Prerequisite: Graphics II

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03/18 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
Sakonnet Garden is a long-term personal experiment with plants and planting design. While working in New York, John Gwynne and his partner, Mikel Folcarelli, built a hidden garden in coastal Rhode Island that evolved into a series of intimate garden more...
03/19 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Gwynne
NYBG
This course is also required for the Horticulture Certificate TRACK 4.
Study theories and principles that have shaped the design of landscapes from antiquity to the present. Explore Eastern and Western garden traditions. Survey all types of gardens more...
03/20 We 10:00am-01:00pm Merritt
NYBG
This course is also required for the Gardening Certificate and Landscape Design Certificate. Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right place, based on site-specific design and more...
03/30 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
NYBG
April
Precise field measurement is the crucial first step in landscape design. Learn how to properly use automatic levels, tapes, and sophisticated survey instruments such as a total-station and mapping grade GPS. Topics will include accurately measuring distances, differences in elevation, more...
04/28 Su 01:30pm-04:30pm Cahilly
NYBG