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

December
Having co-evolved with New Yorkers for centuries, our native plants are uniquely suited to thrive in the built environment. Heather Liljengren, a field botanist and seed collector, will discuss the advantages of using species native to your design site's specific more...
12/12 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm Liljengren
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...
01/08 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Poccia
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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01/08 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Eckerson
NYBG
  01/08 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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01/08 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...
01/09 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Chisholm
NYBG
  01/09 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...
01/09 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
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 Tu 02:00pm-05:00pm Gagne
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...
01/10 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Lin-Luse
MDTN
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...
01/10 We 02:00pm-05:00pm Gerlach-Spriggs
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 with SketchUp are required. Prerequisite: Graphics II

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01/10 We 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
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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01/11 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Poccia
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...
01/18 Th 02:00pm-05:00pm Capparelli
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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01/18 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Capparelli
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...
01/19 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
Situated on a bluff with awe-inspiring views of Puget Sound and Mt. Ranier, Dan Hinkley's Windcliff is both a superbly planted home garden and a botanical collection of wild specimens from more than 20 countries. The house is integrated seamlessly more...
01/25 Th 10:00am-11:30am Hinkley
NYBG
Long celebrated as a jewel in the National Trust crown, Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, England is currently undergoing a vigorous renewal under the direction of its head gardener, Troy Scott Smith. In this talk, Smith will describe how he more...
01/31 We 01:00pm-03:00pm Scott Smith
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. Prerequisite: Landscape Design III more...
01/31 We 10:00am-01:00pm Eckerson
NYBG
February
A rebuke to the rigidly patterned bright flower beds of formal Victorian garden design, William Robinson's 1870 revolutionary manifesto, The Wild Garden, championed herbaceous borders, untidy edges, and naturalistic drifts of hardy perennial plants, permanently changing garden history. Examine the more...
02/02 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Capps
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...
02/16 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Brine
NYBG
Allt-y-bela is a medieval renaissance tower house cradled in a valley between grazed and wooded hillsides. Here, Arne Maynard is creating a garden with a strong bond to its setting and a powerful sense of place, but one that's manageable more...
02/22 Th 10:00am-11:30am Maynard
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...
02/24 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Erb
MDTN
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...
02/26 Mo 05:15pm-08:15pm Pulver
NYBG
March
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...
03/03 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
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...
03/07 We 06:15pm-09:15pm Harris
MDTN
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...
03/08 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Forster
NCNC
Create visually compelling portfolios to present to potential clients. Learn how to develop professional documentation for a variety of audiences through in-class design charettes and individualized projects. Both print and electronic media presentations will be discussed. Prerequisite: Landscape Design III more...
03/13 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...
03/14 We 10:00am-01:00pm Needham
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...
03/14 We 03:00pm-06:00pm Didona
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...
03/16 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
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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03/19 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
For Edwina von Gal, a garden is a collaboration with a piece of land about relinquishing, or establishing, just the right amount of control. Her property is a long, five-acre rectangle, with tidal wetland on one side, a former forest more...
03/29 Th 10:00am-11:30am von Gal
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...
04/15 Su 01:30pm-04:30pm Cahilly
NYBG