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.


January

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

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Site Design more...
223LAN422 01/25 Tu 10:00am-1:00pm Arrington
BLENDED

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

This lecture will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
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 more...
223LAN265E 02/15 Tu 1:00pm-2:00pm Cunningham
ONLINE

The Landscape Design Student & Alumni Association (LDSA) encourages a dynamic exchange of information among students, faculty, and alumni. It provides networking opportunities, as well as indispensable Q&A service via Slack available to all members. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers more...
223LANLDSA100E 02/15 Tu 10:00am-12:00pm 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

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...
223LAN100D 02/26 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Brown
MDTN

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

The Landscape Design Student & Alumni Association (LDSA) encourages a dynamic exchange of information among students, faculty, and alumni. It provides networking opportunities, as well as indispensable Q&A service via Slack available to all members. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers more...
223LANLDSA100F 03/15 Tu 10:00am-12:00pm 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