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Online Landscape Design Courses

Career Diploma in
Landscape Design

Turn your green thumb into your dream career with our online landscape design courses. In our Career Diploma in Landscape Design program, you’ll learn how to draw out your ideas and blend flowers, trees, shrubs and groundcovers into harmonious, functional designs.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 6 Months

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  What You'll Learn

Our online landscape design courses consists of 18 specialized lessons. Each landscaping classes lesson presents a fundamental concept followed by hands-on techniques, with exciting practice exercises that help reinforce key topics such as…

  • Using drawing tools
  • Measuring and interpreting dimensions to scale
  • How to show elevation, perspective and plant placement in plans
  • Rendering symbols for plant materials and hardscape features
  • Melding hardscape features into the landscape

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Lesson 1: The Landscape Industry and You  

What landscape designers do; the scope of landscape design projects; professional organizations; principles of good landscape design; qualities that make a great landscape designer.

Lesson 2: Lettering and Drawing Tools  

Using drawing tools; reading architect's and engineer's scales; measuring and interpreting dimensions to scale; lettering; using pen and ink; drawing plans.

Lesson 3: Graphic Techniques  

How to show elevation, perspective and plant placement in plans; rendering symbols for plant materials and hardscape features; labeling plans; listing plants.

Lesson 4: Site Analysis and the Design Process  

Site evaluation; reading and grading the terrain; project development; functional diagrams; preliminary drawings; final plans; the design cycle.

Lesson 5: The Outdoor Room  

The outdoor wall, floor and ceiling; understanding balance; focal points of interest; simplicity; rhythm; line; unity; architecture, plants and hardscapes in the design.

Lesson 6: Plant Selection and Flowers  

Woody and herbaceous plants; selecting trees, shrubs and ground covers; creative ways to use flowers, annuals, perennials and biennials; bulbs.

Lesson 7: Xeriscaping and Landscape Enrichment  

Natural and fabricated enrichments; tangible and intangible enrichments; the economic, environmental, and aesthetic advantages of creating landscapes that conserve water.

Lesson 8: Hardscapes  

Designing enclosures for protection, privacy, climate modification, and directing foot traffic; enclosure styles and materials; the four basic surfacing types; ramps and steps.

Lesson 9: Using Computers and Pricing a Design  

Using the computer in the design process; popular software for landscape designers; CAD systems; video imaging; figuring cost vs. price; preparing estimates, bids and specifications.

Lesson 10: Landscape Calculations  

Calculating quantities from plans; taking linear and surface measurements; calculating volume and time, soil compaction; "pit and ball" calculations.

Lesson 11: Contracts and Specifications  

Components of the design contract; common contractual arrangements; dealing with competitive bids; estimating labor and material costs; types of specifications; performance bonds; forms and documents for specifications; project manuals.

Lesson 12: Installing Plants and Grass  

Essential planting tools; soil conditioning methods; how to install trees, shrubs and ground covers; bedding plants and bulbs; turf grasses; blending grasses; single-species lawns; seeding, sodding and plugging; mulching; sprigging; cutting water loss.

Lesson 13: Landscape Irrigation  

Trickle and sprinkler irrigation systems; sprinkler heads; precipitation rates; matching water flow and pressure with pipe size; locating sprinklers; parts.

Lesson 14: Interior Plantscaping  

The growing medium; creating containers for plants; interior plant installation; fertilization; controlling humidity, water, air pollution, insects, diseases and vandalism; grouping compatible species.

Lesson 15: Maintaining Plants and Lawns  

Watering and fertilizing trees, shrubs, flowers and lawns; edging the lawn; pruning methods; mulching; controlling lawn weeds and pests; aerating and mowing techniques for lawns.

Lesson 16: Pricing, Maintenance and Customer Service  

Reducing injury to plants in winter; features of a landscape maintenance cost analysis; unit pricing; preparing a complete cost estimate; total quality management; improving service.

Lesson 17: Human Resources and Safety  

Staffing challenges; career opportunities; potential hazards and dangers of landscape practices; industry and government efforts to promote safety.

Lesson 18: Starting Your Own Business  

Being the boss; acquiring the necessary supplies; starting a landscaping business; administrative matters; advertising services; maintaining a professional image; hiring a crew.

Supplement: Landscape Illumination  

Advantages and disadvantages of the major types of lighting systems; effects of downlighting, uplighting, backlighting and shadowing.

Supplement: Time Management Guide  

Working efficiently and productively as a student and in your career.

Supplement: Career Search Guide  

Helpful tips for locating job opportunities and starting your new career.

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  What You Get

Take our online landscaping classes on your terms. Study at your own pace on your schedule and get support when necessary. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast!

Course content has been carefully chosen to ensure a balance of theoretical information and useful application. Your tuition covers:

  • Beautifully illustrated landscape design lesson book
  • Landscape design workbook
  • Starter set of drawing tools
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
  • Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®

Graduates of our online landscape design course receive a beautiful diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. It will be the beginning of a fruitful career in a growing field.

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Your sure path to success starts with online landscape design courses. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.