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.

Click here for an overview of the Certificate Program.


January

This year's series spans styles and settings to showcase the distinctive home gardens of three celebrated gardeners, designers, and plantsmen — Deborah Nevins, Isabel Bannerman, and Sean Hogan. Whether a private retreat, a romantic dreamscape or a plant collector's paradise, more...
203GAR801A 01/30 Th 10:00am-11:30am Nevins
Bannerman
Hogan
NYBG

Deborah Nevins is one of the world's most sought-after landscape designers—creating ambitious, innovative projects for high-profile clients worldwide—yet her own, understated two-acre space on Long Island's East End is intimate and contemplative. The house and gardens were built to maximize more...
203GAR801B 01/30 Th 10:00am-11:30am Nevins
NYBG

February

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...
203LAN301S 02/04 Tu 9:30am-12:30pm McDowell
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...
203LAN226 02/07 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Brine
NYBG

iOS apps can improve your ability to visually convey your design ideas to clients. An Apple product whiz turned landscape designer, Cat Morris provides an overview of tools you can use, as well as how to integrate them into your more...
203LAN222 02/08 Sa 10:00am-2:00pm Morris
NYBG

How do you decide which plant species work best on a tough site? Which should be removed, which contained, which cultivated? Drawing on her experience turning once-feral urban landscapes such as Governors Island and the High Line into thriving natural more...
203LAN265E 02/18 Tu 1:00pm-3:00pm Pettis
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...
203LAN100C 02/22 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Tryba
MDTN

Explore the Concepts app to create a 2-D landscape plan on your iPad or Surface Device. Learn to sketch directly on the screen, import and modify existing assets, and then produce a precise drawing to scale. We'll also cover how more...
203LAN223 02/22 Sa 10:00am-2:00pm Morris
NYBG

Trematon Castle, Cornwall, UK
With a body of work that is dramatic, romantic, and grounded in classical tradition, Isabel and Julian Bannerman have been called "mavericks in the grand manner, touched by genius" and " the Bonnie and Clyde of more...
203GAR801C 02/27 Th 10:00am-11:30am Bannerman
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.
203LAN485B 02/27 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Zavaglia
NYBG

Englishman Russell Page (1906-1985) - 'the most famous garden designer you've never heard of' - was a visionary master who drew inspiration from historic English, European, and Arabian garden styles. The great majority of his projects were closely-guarded secrets of more...
203LAN812 02/28 Fr 11:00am-12:30pm Woodward
NYBG

March

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...
203LAN428B 03/04 We 10:00am-1:00pm Eckerson
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...
203LAN100D 03/05 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Forster
NCNC

Would you like to bring the outside inside? Green walls bring a striking beauty to any room, and help create a calm, healthy environment, by reducing noise, removing air toxins, and adding moisture and fresh oxygen to your living area. more...
203LAN120C 03/07 Sa 10:00am-2:00pm Raimondi, CLP
MDTN

Create visually compelling portfolios to present to potential clients and potential employers. Learn how to develop professional documentation for a variety of audiences through in class design charrettes and individualized projects. Both print and electronic media presentations will be discussed.Prerequisite: more...
203LAN555 03/10 Tu 6:15pm-9:15pm Molinski
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...
203BOT308B 03/11 We 5:00pm-8:00pm Barnes
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...
203LAN402B 03/11 We 6:15pm-9:15pm McConnell
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. Prerequisites: more...
203LAN520 03/11 We 4:30pm-7:30pm Pulver
NYBG

Would you like to bring the outside inside? Green walls bring a striking beauty to any room, and help create a calm, healthy environment, by reducing noise, removing air toxins, and adding moisture and fresh oxygen to your living area. more...
203LAN120D 03/13 Fr 10:00am-2:00pm Raimondi, CLP
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

Required more...
203LAN422B 03/16 Mo 10:00am-1:00pm Einhorn
NYBG

James Golden set out to create a wet prairie in western Jersey. Faced with heavy clay, standing water, and a derelict woodland setting, he didn't mulch or amend the soil or spray herbicide. Instead, he planted right into the existing more...
203LAN265F 03/17 Tu 1:00pm-3:00pm Golden
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...
203LAN301F 03/20 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Merritt
NYBG

Plantsman extraordinaire Sean Hogan has nurtured a thriving horticulture community in the Pacific Northwest, altering that region's perspective about plants, as well as long-held ideas across the U.S. and Europe. Hogan's former home-a "garden with house attached" squeezed onto a more...
203GAR801D 03/26 Th 10:00am-11:30am Hogan
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...
203HRT358D 03/28 Sa 10:30am-1:10pm D'Antonio
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...
203LAN301E 03/31 Tu 6:15pm-9:15pm Bunnell
MDTN

April

Precise field measurement is the crucial first step in landscape design. This course includes a two-part project. First, learn to create a site plan using tape measures, baseline, and offset measurement techniques. Next, use builders' levels to collect spot elevations more...
204LAN340A 04/04 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Hettinger
NYBG

July

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