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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

February
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 more...
02/25 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Erb
MDTN
March
2016 year marked the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown, "England's greatest gardener" and the Western World's most influential landscape architect. His designs at more than 170 country houses and estates - with acres of undulating grass, scatterings more...
03/03 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Chisholm
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—selecting plants based on site-specific design and more...
03/04 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
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.
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03/08 We 10:00am-01:00pm Capparelli
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 more...
03/09 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Forster
NCNC
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.

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03/14 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Douwes Whitney
MDTN
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.

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03/16 Th 06:00pm-09:15pm DuRussel, RLA
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...
03/20 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Needham
NYBG
In this presentation for designers at all levels of experience, Claudia West shows how to ensure success in designing with native plants by using a plant community-based method. She will introduce the science behind lasting plant combinations- essential knowledge for more...
03/21 Tu 01:00pm-03:00pm West
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 21st century. Explore Eastern and Western garden traditions. Survey all types of gardens more...
03/22 We 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.

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03/27 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
Bringing innovative design to an ordinary front or back yard can transform an underused or out-of-date area into a vibrant space. Presentations illustrate creative ways to enhance an entrance with paving and plants, make over a narrow side yard, and more...
03/29 We 10:00am-01:00pm Boogaerts
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...
03/31 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
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, and more...
04/02 Su 01:00pm-04:00pm Cahilly
NYBG
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.
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04/03 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Koren
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 optimal presentation more...
04/04 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
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...
04/04 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm TBA
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.

Please Note: more...
04/05 We 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
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 more...
04/06 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Gerlach-Spriggs
NYBG
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.
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04/12 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Pulver
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—selecting plants based on site-specific design and more...
04/15 Sa 10:00am-01:15pm D'Antonio
NYBG
Explore various types of green walls used in the United States and Europe. Learn what system might best fit your project, what it takes to build such a wall, and how much maintenance is needed. Gain an understanding of the more...
04/18 Tu 06:00pm-08:00pm Packer
MDTN
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...
04/18 Tu 02:00pm-05:00pm Einhorn
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...
04/27 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Lin-Luse
MDTN
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, and more...
04/29 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Hettinger
NYBG
May
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 21st century. Explore Eastern and Western garden traditions. Survey all types of gardens more...
05/03 We 10:00am-01:00pm Chisholm
NYBG
For award-winning designer Jan Johnsen, stones infuse a garden with a sense of stability and power. To illustrate this, she will lead you on a tour through NYBG's gardens, highlighting the many ways glacial boulders, paving stones, and others have more...
05/04 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Johnsen
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 optimal presentation more...
05/09 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm 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.
05/09 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
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—selecting plants based on site-specific design and more...
05/16 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Ruggiero
NCNC
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.
more...
05/24 We 10:00am-01:00pm Capparelli
NYBG
June
Using illustrative before and after photos of various projects she has executed throughout her long career, landscape designer Jan Johnsen shares 25 specific tips to enhance your garden. Techniques include 'Lure of the Sheltered Corner,' 'The Principle of Three Depths,' more...
06/01 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Johnsen
NYBG
Learn how to apply basic design concepts in order to design solutions to site- specific problems. Start with a conceptual design, then progress through the schematic phase, leading to a preliminary design solution. Examine the relationships of landscape elements and more...
06/01 Th 10:00am-01:00pm TBA
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—selecting plants based on site-specific design and more...
06/03 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Simeone
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 more...
06/05 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Didona
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...
06/06 Tu 06:00pm-09:00pm Harris
NYBG
Plants surround us in a profusion of forms. But in naturally occurring landscapes, these combinations are far from random, and are often dictated by complex factors, which limit or encourage the growth of particular plants. In this workshop you will more...
06/16 Fr 09:00am-01:30pm Lorimer
NYBG
Join inspiring ecological landscape designer Darrel Morrison, FASLA, for a "total immersion" three-day workshop in the beauty of New York's Black Rock Forest Consortium in Cornwall, New York. Back by popular demand, this deeply enriching course focuses on the botanic more...
06/16 Fr 09:00am-05:00pm Morrison
OFS
Study basic design, installation, and maintenance strategies for green roofs. Using case studies, learn about materials and components used, and appropriate steps in the design and construction process.
06/20 Tu 06:00pm-08:00pm Packer
MDTN
July
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 optimal presentation more...
07/10 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Poccia
MDTN
SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
July 10-August 16

In just over five weeks, earn nearly half the course hours required for the NYBG Certificate in Landscape Design. Interactive classes with top landscape architects, designers, guest lecturers, plus trips to historic sites, more...
07/10 Mo 09:00am-05:00pm
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 more...
07/20 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Beyers
MDTN
August
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.
08/07 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Poccia
MDTN
September
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, and more...
09/09 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Cahilly
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 more...
09/12 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Beyers
MDTN
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.
09/12 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Einhorn
NYBG
Learn how to apply basic design concepts in order to design solutions to site- specific problems. Start with a conceptual design, then progress through the schematic phase, leading to a preliminary design solution. Examine the relationships of landscape elements and more...
09/13 We 10:00am-01:00pm Gerlach-Spriggs
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...
09/14 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Harris
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.

Please Note: more...
09/14 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
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 more...
09/18 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Gerlach-Spriggs
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.

Required Text
more...
09/18 Mo 06:15pm-09:15pm Capparelli
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—selecting plants based on site-specific design and more...
09/26 Tu 06:15pm-08:50pm Ruggiero
NYBG