Landscape Design Classes

The need to develop, preserve, and protect our open spaces and environmental and cultural resources has never been greater. NYBGs 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.


June

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

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 more...
204LAN100AO 06/04 Th 11:00am-1:00pm Beyers
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

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 more...
204BOT308AO 06/16 Tu 5:00pm-7:00pm Barnes
ONLINE

July

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 to clients. Work with a range of drawing materials and drafting equipment. more...
211LAN311C 07/06 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Poccia
MDTN

SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM
July 6–August 7

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...
211LAN960 07/06 Mo 9:00am-5:00pm 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! We will focus on the seven plant families most common to the Northeastern United States and the more...
211BOT308B 07/11 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Holmes
MDTN

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.

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 more...
211BOT308BO 07/16 Th 11:00am-1:00pm Barnes
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...
211LAN100B 07/23 Th 6:15pm-9:15pm Beyers
MDTN

September

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...
211LAN100C 09/14 Mo 10:00am-1:00pm Beyers
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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211LAN422A 09/14 Mo 6:15pm-9:15pm 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 home more...
211LAN100D 09/15 Tu 6:15pm-9:15pm Tryba
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...
211LAN402A 09/16 We 10:00am-1:00pm 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...
211LAN403A 09/17 Th 10:00am-1:00pm 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 II

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211LAN417 09/18 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Einhorn
NYBG

Explore best practices for analyzing sites, balancing weight restrictions with programmatic goals, selecting resilient plant palettes, managing stormwater, and more. We'll overview typical green-roof components (including proprietary systems and soils), discuss the challenges of green-roof microclimates, and consider the expanding more...
211LAN461 09/21 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Holzman
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. Prerequisite: Graphics I

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211LAN411B 09/22 Tu 6:15pm-9:15pm Einhorn
NYBG

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 are particularly ornamental in fall. The class goes out on the more...
211HRT331A 09/25 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG

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 maintenance criteria. Learn aspects of special landscape values such as size, texture, color, and flowering more...
211HRT358C 09/26 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
NYBG

Precise field measurement is the crucial first step in landscape design. Learn to create a site plan using tape measures, baseline, and offset measurement techniques. Practice using builders' levels to collect spot elevations across the site and convert them to more...
211LAN340 09/26 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Cahilly
NYBG

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 are particularly ornamental in fall. The class goes out on the more...
211HRT331B 09/30 We 3:30pm-5:30pm Ruggiero
NYBG

October

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 to clients. Work with a range of drawing materials and drafting equipment. more...
212LAN311D 10/01 Th 6:00pm-9:00pm Poccia
MDTN

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 are particularly ornamental in fall. The class goes out on the more...
212HRT331C 10/04 Su 10:00am-1:00pm Ruggiero
NYBG

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 and landscapes, including corporate and public spaces, through visual presentations, assigned readings, projects, more...
212LAN301A 10/06 Tu 6:15pm-9:15pm Bunnell
MDTN
212LAN301B 10/07 We 10:00am-1:00pm Capps Sarathy
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.
212LAN485 10/07 We 10:15am-1:15pm Zavaglia
NYBG

Creating beautiful and sustainable outdoor spaces requires an understanding of the principles of grading and drainage. Through classroom discussion, fieldwork and homework students will learn to identify landforms and watersheds, calculate slopes, and manipulate contours with the purpose of creating more...
212LAN428A 10/16 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Eckerson
NYBG

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 to clients. Work with a range of drawing materials and drafting equipment. more...
212LAN311A 10/19 Mo 10:00am-1:00pm Einhorn
NYBG