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 course for fun or pursue a professional Certificate in Landscape Design.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


October

These innovative and much-honored landscape architects discuss their signature projects, unique working methods, and design philosophies-while sharing transformative stories of people and places. For these designers, a respect for history informs and inspires the creative process.
232LAN801AO 10/03 Mo 6:30pm-7:30pm Kennedy
Bargmann
Wyllie
Lord
ONLINE

From her office in New York's Brooklyn Naval Yard, Elizabeth Kennedy leads EKLA PLLC, a collaborative, interdisciplinary social justice practice noted for excellence in innovative landscape preservation, development, and management. For Kennedy, design inspiration can come from anywhere-even the quality more...
232LAN801BO 10/03 Mo 6:30pm-7:30pm Kennedy
ONLINE

Turning a vision into a plan is the designer's first challenge. Analyze landscapes, formulate the requirements of a design project and then translate them into schematic design solutions. Take part in class discussions and critiques, and present projects.
232LAN401O 10/06 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Arrington
ONLINE

Discover how to use a wide variety of Adobe Photoshop tools and techniques to add vibrancy to your hand- or computer-rendered drawings. Hone your own aesthetic as you craft plan views, section drawings, and design details that are client ready.
232LAN437ABL 10/11 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Harrison
BLENDED

Explore how to identify and use major groups of shade trees and shrubs native to and hardy in our region, including Acer, Quercus, and Viburnum, which are particularly ornamental in fall.
232HRT331A 10/12 We 10:00am-1:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG

Choose the right plant for the right place, based on site-specific design and maintenance criteria. Learn landscape values such as size, texture, color, and flowering and fruiting seasons. Review trees, shrubs, groundcovers, annuals, and perennials suitable for this region.
232HRT358ABL 10/12 We 10:00am-12:00pm Cappello-Ruggiero
BLENDED

Explore theories, traditions, and principles that have shaped the design of landscapes from antiquity to the present, through visual presentations, assigned readings, projects, and classroom discussion.
232LAN301AO 10/12 We 10:00am-1:00pm Capps Sarathy
ONLINE

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.
232LAN417O 10/12 We 6:15pm-9:15pm Matz
ONLINE

Explore how to identify and use major groups of shade trees and shrubs native to and hardy in our region, including Acer, Quercus, and Viburnum, which are particularly ornamental in fall.
232HRT331B 10/13 Th 10:00am-1:00pm O'Brien
NYBG

This is the class for plant-lovers eager to up their game! Learn the terminology and basic botanical nomenclature that will help you recognize and describe key differences in common plants.
232BOT308AO 10/14 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Holmes
ONLINE

Many important designers have shaped NYBG grounds throughout the years, including Calvert Vaux, Beatrix Farrand, Piet Oudolf, and Lynden B. Miller. Stroll the grounds with award-winning author Marta McDowell, who will discuss how the Garden's plantings, pathways, ornaments, and structures more...
232LAN267 10/14 Fr 9:30am-11:30am McDowell
NYBG

Graphics are essential in developing and communicating your ideas. Practice various graphic techniques on a range of materials and equipment and learn how to organize and render landscape plans on paper for optimal presentation to clients. Homework required
232LAN311AO 10/15 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Miller
ONLINE

Known for her innovative approaches to design and regeneration of toxic industrial sites and degraded urban landscapes, Julie Bargmann turns "ugly duckling" sites into swans. Her process begins with site forensics-finding the stories of place and then surmounting innumerable obstacles more...
232LAN801CO 10/17 Mo 6:30pm-7:30pm Bargmann
ONLINE

Revel in the beauty and unique character of the landscapes that designer Nick McCullough sought out on his quest to define the American garden. You'll get an intimate look at gardens from many regions across our vast nation, all of more...
232LAN265A 10/25 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm McCullough
NYBG

Hear from 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.
232LAN265G 10/25 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm McCullough
Hoadley
Lorimer
Maynes
Benarcik
LaGuardia
BLENDED

November

This is the class for plant-lovers eager to up their game! Learn the terminology and basic botanical nomenclature that will help you recognize and describe key differences in common plants.
232BOT308BO 11/03 Th 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

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...
232LAN100A 11/05 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Brown
MDTN

Roderick Wyllie and James A. Lord, founding partners of Surfacedesign, a San Francisco-based landscape architecture studio, challenge conventional approaches to design by asking novel questions and listening to a site and its users. By doing so, Wyllie and Lord focus more...
232LAN801DO 11/07 Mo 6:30pm-7:30pm Wyllie
Lord
ONLINE

Since 2002, Delaware's Mt. Cuba Center has conducted research on which native plants and related cultivars hold the most horticultural and ecological value for use in the mid-Atlantic region, including which ecosystem services they provide. Join Sam Hoadley as he more...
232LAN265B 11/15 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Hoadley
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...
232LAN100BO 11/28 Mo 6:15pm-8:15pm Tryba
ONLINE

December

A tireless advocate for the use of native plants, horticulturist Uli Lorimer shares the ins and outs of how to select, grow, and propagate a wide variety of plants native to New England, 235 of which can be found in more...
232LAN265C 12/13 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Lorimer
NYBG

January

Explore theories, traditions, and principles that have shaped the design of landscapes from antiquity to the present, through visual presentations, assigned readings, projects, and classroom discussion.
233LAN301BO 01/10 Tu 6:15pm-9:15pm Bunnell
ONLINE

Berms-manufactured undulations in a landscape-are an exciting aspect of greenspace design in urban environments, offering protection from street noise and creating intimate spaces for both people and wildlife. Using previously built urban projects as our guide, we'll cover the specifics more...
233LAN245O 01/11 We 6:15pm-9:15pm Arrington
ONLINE

Learn how accurately estimating landscape materials, labor, overhead, and contingencies can help you stay profitable and compete successfully in today's business climate.
233LAN380 01/11 We 10:00am-12:15pm Voelkel
NYBG

Now more than ever, clients expect to see beautiful digital plans. Learn the basics of how to scan and enhance hand drawings. Gain familiarity with the tools to create digitally rendered plans, sections, perspectives, and collages. Basic computer skills are more...
233LAN4440 01/11 We 6:30pm-8:30pm Matz
ONLINE

Study how to effectively organize and operate a small landscape business that will sustain itself and earn a profit. Learn how to attract new clients, position oneself in a crowded market, and choose the right type of business model. Gain more...
233LAN457O 01/12 Th 10:15am-12:15pm Zavaglia
ONLINE

Maine-based landscape architect David Maynes creates spaces that encourage people to actively engage with the ecological processes that unfold around them. For him, a client's perception of the landscape is just as important as a plant palette; a landscape's edges more...
233LAN265DO 01/17 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Maynes
ONLINE

Apply basic design to site-specific problems, focusing on the process of design development. Start with a concept, then progress through the schematic phase to a preliminary design solution. Examine the relationships of landscape elements and materials to the design process.
233LAN402 01/19 Th 6:15pm-9:15pm McConnell
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...
233LAN100CO 01/21 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Forster
ONLINE

Graphics are essential in developing and communicating your ideas. Practice various graphic techniques on a range of materials and equipment and learn how to organize and render landscape plans on paper for optimal presentation to clients. Homework required
233LAN311BO 01/21 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Miller
ONLINE

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...
233LAN158 01/23 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Novasel
NYBG

Learn the various tools and applications of this software package for landscape designers. Topics include: developing base plans from surveys, techniques for quick estimates, and utilizing the online plant database. Basic computer skills and PC laptop required.
233LAN427A 01/23 Mo 5:00pm-8:00pm Poccia
NYBG

Discover how to use a wide variety of Adobe Photoshop tools and techniques to add vibrancy to your hand- or computer-rendered drawings. Hone your own aesthetic as you craft plan views, section drawings, and design details that are client ready.
233LAN437BBL 01/23 Mo 3:00pm-6:00pm Matz
BLENDED

This is the class for plant-lovers eager to up their game! Learn the terminology and basic botanical nomenclature that will help you recognize and describe key differences in common plants.
233BOT308CO 01/24 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

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. more...
233LAN422O 01/24 Tu 6:00pm-8:00pm Arrington
ONLINE

February

Explore theories, traditions, and principles that have shaped the design of landscapes from antiquity to the present, through visual presentations, assigned readings, projects, and classroom discussion.
233LAN301CO 02/01 We 10:00am-1:00pm Merritt
ONLINE

This is the class for plant-lovers eager to up their game! Learn the terminology and basic botanical nomenclature that will help you recognize and describe key differences in common plants.
233BOT308DO 02/04 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Holmes
ONLINE

To cope with heavier rains and more powerful storm surges, it is critical for horticulturists and landscape designers to understand the natural water cycle. Sarah Bray, Landscape Architect for NYS's Department of Environmental Protection, covers the basics of the hydrologic more...
233LAN290BL 02/08 We 6:00pm-7:30pm Bray
BLENDED

Create visually compelling print and digital portfolios to present to potential clients. Learn how to develop professional documentation for a variety of audiences through in-class design charrettes and individualized projects.
233LAN555O 02/10 Fr 11:00am-1:10pm Phaosawasdi
ONLINE

Survey photographs from dozens of eye-catching gardens to discover how to combine different plant species using the basic criteria of form, color, texture, and height. We will discuss how seasonality, a garden's location, and a plant's native habitat should all more...
233LAN234 02/11 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Johnsen
NYBG

Chanticleer Garden, a gracefully designed series of thoughtfully planted rooms, is also known for the whimsical artwork crafted by its staff in the off-season. Their original metal sculptures, ceramic containers, wooden furniture, carved stone elements, and creative plant supports are more...
233LAN265E 02/21 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Benarcik
NYBG

Learn the various tools and applications of this software package for landscape designers. Topics include: developing base plans from surveys, techniques for quick estimates, and utilizing the online plant database. Basic computer skills and PC laptop required.
233LAN427B 02/21 Tu 5:00pm-8:00pm Poccia
NYBG

Graphics are essential in developing and communicating your ideas. Practice various graphic techniques on a range of materials and equipment and learn how to organize and render landscape plans on paper for optimal presentation to clients. Homework required
233LAN311CO 02/24 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Poccia
ONLINE

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...
233LAN100D 02/25 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Brown
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.
233LAN520 02/27 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm McConnell
NYBG

March

Through discussion, fieldwork, and homework, students will identify landforms and watersheds, calculate slopes, and manipulate contours to create garden rooms, and control water flow. Learn how to communicate design ideas to contractors and evaluate the opportunities and constraints of a more...
233LAN428 03/01 We 10:00am-1:00pm Eckerson
NYBG

This is the class for plant-lovers eager to up their game! Learn the terminology and basic botanical nomenclature that will help you recognize and describe key differences in common plants.
233BOT308EO 03/04 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Holmes
ONLINE

Study three pioneering women designers-Beatrix Farrand, Marian Coffin, and Ellen Shipman-who shaped America's tastes in the early 20th century. We'll focus on gardens that showcase Farrand's knack for innovation and infallible eye for design, Coffin's use of contrasts in color, more...
233LAN278O 03/09 Th 6:00pm-8:00pm Capps Sarathy
ONLINE

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...
233LAN100EO 03/11 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Tryba
ONLINE

Explore theories, traditions, and principles that have shaped the design of landscapes from antiquity to the present, through visual presentations, assigned readings, projects, and classroom discussion.
233LAN301DO 03/20 Mo 6:15pm-9:15pm Bunnell
ONLINE

Water is a crucial design factor in Christopher LaGuardia's elegant landscapes-both its serene beauty and its surging power. Dotted with wetlands and encircled by waterfront, the Hamptons are impacted by reduced water quality, erosion, and colonies of invasive species. LaGuardia more...
233LAN265F 03/21 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm LaGuardia
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...
233LAN169 03/29 We 10:00am-12:00pm Johnsen
NYBG

April

Choose the right plant for the right place, based on site-specific design and maintenance criteria. Learn landscape values such as size, texture, color, and flowering and fruiting seasons. Review trees, shrubs, groundcovers, annuals, and perennials suitable for this region.
234HRT358A 04/15 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
NYBG
234HRT358BBL 04/16 Su 10:00am-1:00pm Nolan
BLENDED