Landscape Design Training

Our Landscape Design program curriculum covers the fundamentals of design and quickly advances to professional hands-on techniques. You also learn important business concepts and practices necessary to operate a landscape design business. Learn what you'll actually use on the job, all in a convenient online course.

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: Introduction to Construction Technology  

An overview of potential career paths and professional development available for students who formally develop skills and knowledge related to building construction. This lesson includes a summary of math and science concepts important to building professionals as well as applications of modern technologies to the construction workplace. The lesson concludes with an overview of general workplace safety practices and applications of personal protection equipment.

Lesson 3: Pre-Design Phase  

Students will learn to begin the design process using client interviews and site evaluations. This lesson will also teach basic sketching and drawing principles and combine those with elements of the site evaluation and client interview to create a rough concept diagram.

Lesson 4: Design Phase  

This lesson covers the development of the overall design theme and the establishment of lawn and planting areas based on the theme developed. The lesson also includes the addition of pathways and patios to the development of the design. The student continues to develop presentation skills through the use of grid lines and detailed drawing features in their plan. A summary of the process used to select the materials necessary to execute the desired design plan. The lesson introduces the specific steps followed for selecting vertical elements in a design and the process for adding trees and plants to accomplish specific design goals. This lesson also addresses building codes and how they factor into the completion of a final design.

Lesson 5: Post-Design Phase  

In this lesson, students will learn about the purpose specific plants contribute to a design and how to select the correct plants through the application of recognized design principles. Students are introduced to the concept of plant morphology and how this technique can be used to identify unknown plants. The lesson also provides instruction on the creation and maintenance of plant notebooks.

Lesson 6: The Tools of Landscape Design  

An overview of the drafting tools that are used to create landscape designs and how to use drafting tools properly. Students will also learn the steps in the landscape design process, how different presentation graphics are used in landscape design, and how plans and drawings can be used to help clients and contractors understand the design.

Lesson 7: Lines, Lettering, and Symbols  

Students will expand their drawing and design skills by learning how to control line quality and to apply different line types to create the master plan. The lesson also covers lettering and the use of symbols to represent specific plants in a design.

Lesson 8: The Ground Plane and Master Plan  

In this lesson students learn techniques for drawing the ground plane using texture to create a design that is visually pleasing and clearly represents all parts of the design. Preparation of a master plan drawing using labeling to describe symbols and other design elements of the plan concludes the lesson.

Lesson 9: Adding Color, Section Drawings, and Using the Computer  

This final lesson covering the drawing and design process introduces tools used to add color and sections to plans. Students will also be introduced to drawing software that can be used in plan drawing and the basic functions of standard drawing software.

Lesson 10: Landscaping Business Management  

Students will learn the process and materials required to start a landscaping business, including the minimum equipment that is required, legal issues encountered in landscape business, expectations of an employer, and how to write contracts and bid jobs.

Lesson 11: Turfgrass and Plant Management  

This lesson will instruct students how to maintain a client's lawn as well as the installation and maintenance of plants in an established setting. Topics also include the fertilization and irrigation of turfgrass and plants.

Lesson 12: Understanding Soil, Pruning, and Irrigation Equipment  

The final lesson in this program covers the identification of different soil types and the use different soil amendments based on soil tests and soil pH. The lesson also provides instruction on pruning trees and shrubs and the performance of typical property maintenance.

Lesson 13: Landscape Design Project  

This project-based assignment is designed to assess students’ competence by using all of the information gained in this program. Students will be asked to complete a final design and create important details that are included in a contract. Students won’t need to address this project until the last lesson group. All relevant project information will be provided after the last lesson.

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Program Description

Students learn basic design techniques and their application to the development of landscaped properties. The program also provides instruction on the identification and application of the plants and structural materials used to execute landscape design projects. In addition, the program provides instruction on the basic business concepts and practices necessary to operate a landscape design business as well as theory and knowledge needed to maintain existing landscaped systems.

Program Objectives

After completing the Landscape Design program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe how to interpret the visual elements used during the overall landscape design process, including drawings and graphics tools, and apply this knowledge to the development of personal design concepts.
  2. Explain how to visualize the landscape site and design space as outdoor rooms and apply standard design principles to enhance the appearance of residential and commercial outdoor space.
  3. Apply mathematical and computer-based solutions to both the design and business-related functions of the landscaping design process.
  4. Identify various, plants, flowers, surface materials, and enclosures used to create and enhance exterior design spaces and describe the many applications and configurations used for these materials.
  5. Identify and define essential business concepts utilized by landscaping professionals to operate successful businesses, such as the generation and interpretation of contracts and specifications, human resource management, safety and OSHA compliance, and customer service.
  6. Describe the various aspects of the irrigation, winterizing, and general maintenance required for established landscapes.

Earn your diploma and plant the seeds for a promising future with our Landscape Design training. Call 1-800-535-1613 or enroll online today.