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.


February

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
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...
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 Patchowsky
NYBG

March

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

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
233LAN311EO 03/23 Th 10:00am-1:00pm Miller
ONLINE

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
234HRT358CBL 04/16 Su 2:00pm-5:00pm Nolan
BLENDED