Sustainable Garden Concepts and Design

This course will introduce the philosophy of design, the basic design principles and practical skills necessary for the development and deployment of a landscape plan. Students will be exposed to reading and following an existing draft plan or blue print including scale and reading elevations variations. Subsequently students will develop plans. The phasing of each plan development will begin with the assessment or evaluation of the site for its key natural characteristics and then the progressive evolution of a landscape plan. This course will be project oriented and involve case studies as well as skills development such as basic drafting. The laboratory component will augment the lectures and allow students to enhance basic drafting and graphic skills. Students will be made aware of professional associations, trade journals, important websites and important horticultural events that can assist with information and potential contacts to assist with their experiential professional development.