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.


October

A pioneer of "re-wilded landscapes," Darrel Morrison revisits the people and places that have nourished his long career as a celebrated landscape architect-from designer Jens Jensen and naturalist Aldo Leopold to the prairie grasses and wildflowers of his native Midwest. more...
222LAN265A 10/19 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Morrison
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.
222LAN265G 10/19 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Morrison
Landman
Stick
Sturges
Loades
Cunningham
Towers
NYBG

November

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Known for his design talent and advocacy for social justice within urban spaces, David Rubin will share his concern that the connective tissue of our cities-the more...
222LAN801DO 11/01 Mo 6:30pm-7:30pm Rubin
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...
222BOT308BO 11/02 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

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...
222LAN100AO 11/02 Tu 6:15pm-8:15pm Tryba
ONLINE

Note the "Location" of each section, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and more...
222LAN100B 11/06 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Brown
MDTN

Nestled on 13 acres in Greenwich, Connecticut, Sleepy Cat Farm represents a 25-year creative collaboration between owner Fred Landman and noted landscape architect Charles J. Stick. Together, they have fashioned a garden of surprise and intrigue and many influences-an undulating, more...
222LAN265B 11/16 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Landman
Stick
NYBG

December

Learn the dos and don'ts of garden design with expert landscape designer Jan Johnsen. She'll take you through the right ways to design an outdoor space by sharing illustrative examples of what not to do. This approach will help you more...
222LAN145 12/04 Sa 10:00am-2:30pm Johnsen
NYBG

Famed landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander left an outstanding legacy of built work in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Her imaginative designs, sustainable practices, and compelling lectures encouraged legions of professionals to follow her path. Beka Sturges, a much-honored designer more...
222LAN265C 12/14 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Sturges
NYBG

January

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...
223LAN100CO 01/08 Sa 10:00am-12:00pm Forster
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
223LAN311BO 01/10 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Poccia
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
223LAN301BO 01/11 Tu 6:15pm-9:15pm Bunnell
ONLINE

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
223LAN444AO 01/12 We 6:30pm-8:30pm Matz
ONLINE

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Learn the various tools and applications of this software package for landscape designers. Topics include: basic more...
223LAN427B 01/13 Th 5:00pm-8:00pm Poccia
NYBG

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
UK-based garden writer Greg Loades offers a fresh approach to garden design, fusing classic English cottage style with the new perennial movement. Using lush images of more...
223LAN265DO 01/18 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Loades
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...
223BOT308CO 01/20 Th 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Apply basic design concepts to site-specific problems, focusing on the process of design development. Start with more...
223LAN402B 01/20 Th 6:15pm-9:15pm McConnell
NYBG

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Graphics are essential in developing and communicating your design ideas. Practice various graphic techniques and learn more...
223LAN311C 01/21 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Poccia
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...
223LAN158 01/24 Mo 10:00am-2:30pm Novasel
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 Text
Site Design more...
223LAN422 01/25 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Arrington
NYBG

February

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Study theories and principles that have shaped the design of landscapes from antiquity to the present. more...
223LAN301C 02/02 We 10:00am-1:00pm Merritt
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...
223LAN226 02/04 Fr 10:00am-12:00pm Brine
NYBG

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, produce a precise drawing to scale, and export your plan into hi-resolution more...
223LAN439 02/05 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Morris
NYBG

Note the "Location" of each session, as we have in-person and online options. Price differences may apply. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Turning a vision into a plan is the designer's first challenge. Learn how to analyze existing more...
223LAN401C 02/07 Mo 10:00am-1:00pm Angell
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...
223LAN520 02/07 Mo 6:00pm-9:00pm Cantwell
McConnell
NYBG

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...
223BOT308DO 02/08 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

Tap into a professional designer's mind! Jan Johnsen's approach to co-creating with nature will have you saying, "I can do that!" Learn how to properly determine your pace, measure and lay out certain shapes and patterns, and what tools are more...
223LAN164 02/12 Sa 10:00am-2:30pm Johnsen
NYBG

Blending traditional Yankee building techniques with high design, Maine native Matthew Cunningham is well-known for his plantcentric residential landscapes throughout the Northeast. His gardens feature ecologically minded planting schemes and regionally sourced reclaimed materials that evoke an authentic sense of more...
223LAN265E 02/15 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Cunningham
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
Explore how to effectively organize and operate a small landscape business that will sustain itself and earn a profit. We will discuss how to attract new more...
223LAN457BO 02/24 Th 10:15am-12:15pm Zavaglia
ONLINE

March

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...
223BOT308EO 03/08 Tu 5:30pm-7:30pm Holmes
ONLINE

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

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 more...
223LAN555O 03/09 We 6:30pm-8:40pm Molinski
ONLINE

Over more than two decades, landscape architect Shavaun Towers has worked closely with NYBG staff to create many of the distinctive gardens within its 250 acres, including the Chilton Azalea Garden, Burn Lilac Collection, and Steinhardt Maple Collection. Towers will more...
223LAN265F 03/15 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Towers
NYBG

This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
223LAN301DO 03/21 Mo 6:15pm-9:15pm Bunnell
ONLINE

Note the "Location" of each section, as we may have in-person and blended options. Confirmation emails contain specific class instructions.
Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right more...
223HRT358C 03/26 Sa 10:00am-12:40pm D'Antonio
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...
223LAN169 03/30 We 10:00am-12:00pm Johnsen
NYBG