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Common myths of working in a landscape design career

Written by Allison Brenner on Tuesday, 26 November 2013. Posted in Career

Common Myths of Working in a Landscape Design Career

For many careers, misconceptions exist about what the daily tasks actually entail. What people imagine often vastly differs from the reality. For instance, consider landscape design. Before you start training for a landscape design career, or while you are studying for a landscape design career, you should know what’s in store for you. Here we demystify three common myths about this popular field.

  1. Landscape design is all bushes and trees:
    Oh, how wrong this statement is! Working as a landscape designer involves so much more than planting a few selectively placed bushes and trees around a yard. In your future career, you’ll have the opportunity to design pathways, create outdoor cooking areas, design gazebos and so much more. And when it does come to expressing your passion for nature, you’ll have the opportunity to let your creativity shine through by transforming a client’s yard into a sanctuary.
  2. There’s nothing to do in the winter:
    While it’s true the warmer months are ideal for yard renovations, there is still plenty to do when the temperature drops. You’ll still be called on for consulting work for people who are planning on implementing your designs come spring or fall – the ideal seasons to plant. Clients will hire you to decide what will work best for their individual yard based on their preferences in terms of maintenance, color and space usage.
  3. Designing a landscape is quick and easy:
    Becoming a landscape designer takes a practical, career-focused education… an artistic sense… a creative mind… and an eye for detail. All these qualities are fertile ground for preparing the perfect lawn. And, just like seeds, it takes time for them to bear fruit. To design a successful landscape plan, measurements must be taken, dimensions must be drawn and hard and soft elements must be taken into account in order to ensure the final design can be installed within the current confines of the lot and within the client’s budget. This takes time and effort.

Landscape design is a fun and exciting career. You have the opportunity to meet new people, be creative and shape the environment for years to come. Not only that, but much of your job allows you to be outdoors rather than sitting in a cubicle for hours at a time. If you have career aspirations, job in landscape design can fertilize your future with the chance to combine art and science in a well-paying, worthwhile career.

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