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

March
Bringing innovative design to an ordinary front or back yard can transform an underused or out-of-date area into a vibrant space.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 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Johnsen
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
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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04/03 We 06:00pm-09:00pm Nitzky
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...
04/04 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
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...
04/04 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
This course is also required for the Landscape Design Certificate.
Learn the identification, classification, and landscape use of spring-flowering trees and shrubs. Major plant groups include Magnolia, Malus, Prunus, Viburnum,and other genera, which are particularly ornamental in spring. more...
04/06 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Simeone
NYBG
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...
04/06 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Hettinger
NYBG
This course is also required for the Landscape Design Certificate.
Learn the identification, classification, and landscape use of spring-flowering trees and shrubs. Major plant groups include Magnolia, Malus, Prunus, Viburnum,and other genera, which are particularly ornamental in spring. more...
04/10 We 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
  04/11 Th 01:30pm-04:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG
  04/11 Th 05:00pm-08:00pm Ruggiero
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...
04/22 Mo 06:00pm-08:00pm Packer
MDTN
Explore the origins of vegetable gardens and view examples of beautiful and productive ones in the U.S. and abroad—from Monticello in Virginia and Villandry in France to Babylonstoren in South Africa, whose contemporary, formal gardens boast over 300 plant varieties, more...
04/23 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Boogaerts
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...
04/25 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, more...
04/28 Su 01:30pm-04:30pm Cahilly
NYBG
May
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...
05/07 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. Prerequisite: Graphics I

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05/08 We 10:00am-01:00pm 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, based on site-specific design and more...
05/14 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Ruggiero
NCNC
Study basic design, installation, and maintenance strategies for green roofs. Using case studies and discussion, this introductory course explores approaches and standards for developing green roof technologies in the Metropolitan New York region.

05/22 We 06:00pm-08:00pm Packer
MDTN
June
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...
06/01 Sa 10:30am-01:45pm 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 site. more...
06/05 We 03:00pm-06:00pm Eckerson
NYBG
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...
06/06 Th 10:00am-02:30pm Johnsen
NYBG
When the sun goes down, the art of landscape lighting can bring a painterly or even sculptural transformation to your design. This course explores the art of landscape lighting from selection and placement to color and composition. Learn the technical more...
06/07 Fr 10:00am-02:30pm Novasel
NYBG
Internationally celebrated garden designer/writer Dr. Noel Kingsbury gets students down on hands and knees to explore and understand how perennials are linked to their natural habitats and ecology—and how gardeners and designers can use that knowledge to help their plants more...
06/11 Tu 10:00am-04:00pm Kingsbury
NYBG
Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start distinguishing one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known plants, you'll learn the terminology used to describe their growing habits and structures. This more...
06/18 Tu 05:00pm-08:00pm Bronson
NYBG
Join Stephen Morrell for an in-depth look at the beauty and simplicity of Japanese gardens, and enjoy a rare opportunity to tour the Rockefeller Japanese Garden, one of the east coast's finest examples. We'll begin the day at NYBG discussing more...
06/24 Mo 09:30am-03:30pm Morrell
NYBG
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 more...
07/08 Mo 06:00pm-09:00pm Nitzky
MDTN
SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
July 8–August 9

In five weeks, earn more than 25% of 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...
07/08 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 home more...
07/18 Th 06:15pm-09:15pm Beyers
MDTN
Are you a plant-lover eager to up your game and start distinguishing one species from another? Then this is the class for you! Using commonly known plants, you'll learn the terminology used to describe their growing habits and structures. This more...
07/27 Sa 10:00am-04:00pm Barnes
MDTN
September
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...
09/11 We 10:00am-01:00pm Needham
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...
09/12 Th 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...
09/13 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Einhorn
NYBG
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...
09/14 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Cahilly
NYBG
This course is also required for the Landscape Design Certificate.
Explore how to identify and use major groups of shade trees and shrubs native to and hardy in our region in the landscape, including Acer, Quercus, and Viburnum, which more...
09/15 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG
  09/15 Su 01:30pm-04:30pm Ruggiero
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...
09/16 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
NYBG
Throughout the world, city roofs are becoming greener and used year-round, offering a significant opportunity for landscape designers. Learn the special requirements and challenges of roof gardens and discuss roof garden horticulture, maintenance, and technology, including the basics of design.
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09/16 Mo 06:15pm-08:15pm Packer
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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09/16 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, based on site-specific design and more...
09/17 Tu 06:15pm-08:50pm Ruggiero
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...
09/17 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Tryba
MDTN
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...
09/17 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Bunnell
MDTN
  09/18 We 10:00am-01:00pm Sarathy
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...
09/20 Fr 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
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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more...
09/24 Tu 06:15pm-09:15pm Einhorn
NYBG
Envisioned to make paradise manifest on Earth, Persian gardens are known for their masterful use of geometry and water. Explore how this garden design style evolved from antiquity through the 19th century with Stephen F. Byrns, founder of the Untermyer more...
09/27 Fr 10:00am-03:30pm Byrns
Gorin
NYBG
October
This course is also required for the Landscape Design Certificate.
Explore how to identify and use major groups of shade trees and shrubs native to and hardy in our region in the landscape, including Acer, Quercus, and Viburnum, which more...
10/02 We 04:30pm-06:30pm Ruggiero
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.
10/02 We 05:15pm-08:15pm Nitzky
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...
10/03 Th 06:00pm-09:00pm Nitzky
MDTN