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Landscaping Certifcate

Great Design Concepts for Garden Lifestyles

The Land Scape Certification will guide you through the dizzying array of new plants, outdoor materials, design choices, sources, and sites that can define an outdoor Landscaped Lifestyle. Six courses in three semesters, a total of 34 hours, participants will study the art and practice of garden design and installation.

In addition to receiving a Certificate in Landscaping and natural beautification, you will learn the steps necessary to complete a finished design for an actual landscape of your choosing: front of house entry garden, outdoor living room, pool-scape, shrub border, island bed or container grouping. All landscape design plans will be reviewed and approved by the class instructor to make them ready to install the following spring.

Who should take this course?

The avid horticultural hobbyist, the professional gardener, the home-project weekend warrior, the do-it-yourselfer interested in improving curb appeal and home market value, the beginning landscape contractor, the novice landscape designer, the garden club member, the lifestylist, the urban homesteader, the horticultural services provider, the residential community member, the native-plant activist, the organic vegan. 

Certification Course Work

Six courses in three semesters, a total of 34 hours, participants will study the art and practice of garden design and installation.

Spring Semester

GARDN153 - Land Escape Essentials - Six, two-hour classes

Summer Semester

Garden Design Basics: Measure Twice Plant Once - A four-hour hands-on site analysis workshop requiring measuring tape, paper and pencil. Saturday in June, 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM.

Great Gardens of the World! - A two-hour classroom course, 6:30 to 8:30 PM  

Public Garden Appreciation Touring! - An eight-hour field trip with professional guide to Chanticleer:  Saturday in June, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

Fall Semester

Installing a Land Escape Garden! - Four, two-hour classes to be scheduled Wednesdays

Final Project Presentation/Review Class - a Four hour session to review scope of project, analysis of materials list and planting

Final Project - Use actual measurements for a real-world design. This can include but should not be limited to a home entry garden, an island bed planting, an outdoor living room, a water-feature landscape or a border planting. Project goals and objectives will be approved by the instructor and will be completed on student's personal time.

Recommended Textbook

Stewards of the Land. A Survey of Landscape Architecture and Design in America. Edited by Marilyn K. Alaimo and assembled from various authors. Available through and other online retailers.

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