Learn the basic knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the landscapes around them and to draw, in class, a basic landscape plan for their own properties. Students will: be introduced to the concept of design intent and other design principles; learn how to perform a site survey and site analysis; acquire a working knowledge of hardscapes; be provided with the information needed to customize a plant palette for their project sites; learn the best practices for creating a fire-resistant landscape; and draw conceptual and labeled landscape plans using basic drafting tools and skills. You do not need to be an artist or a plant geek to succeed in this class.
The course will include at least one field trip to a local site for hands-on experience in performing a site survey and analysis. Students will be encouraged to volunteer their properties as field-trip sites. Doing so will give them added insights into their properties’ limits and potential from the instructor and classmates. During the last few classes students will be working on their own landscape plans. Each student will need to provide a scaled plot plan of their property or alternate project site, which will be enlarged to 1/8” scale and serve as the basis for their drawings. Each student will need basic drafting supplies; a list will be provided in class.
As the title suggests, this course is designed primarily for homeowners who have landscapes they want to update or new houses in need of a landscape plan, but it would also be useful for those considering a career in landscaping or who are already working in the field.