How can I learn landscape design?

4 August, 2021 Jose Pekar 5

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    9 August, 2021

    There is a lot to know, from identifying native plants and understanding how they interact with the humans who use the space to understanding how water flows across earth as it falls, moves through soils, and takes up minerals. The best place to start is by conducting research before hiring an expert.
    Take these steps when learning about landscape design:
    1) Research the topic thoroughly – many professionals rely on community colleges for their curriculum. They offer more practical skills-based courses such as "lawncare techniques" or "landscape introduction." Develop a list of different methods that make sense for you and your outdoor space; consider what might work in your climate zone (the local region that has one or more basic criteria).

    9 August, 2021

    The goal of all landscape design is to make use of site features (e.g., sun, wind), plants (in terms of growth habit and species), and existing structures on the property in a way that balances environmental conservation with human needs. The time-tested principles found in Turner's "Sketch Book" provide insight into how best to combine these elements on your property for an interesting garden space where people can convene and play while also maintaining natural habitats for wildlife.
    Some basic design fundamentals include understanding drainage patterns on slopes, including position of water features, choosing native plants that are adapted to the area, taking advantage of viewsheds such as vistas or overlooks, so no other competing landscapes interfere with them.

    9 August, 2021

    The best way to learn landscape design is to study patterns of plants in nature and how they grow. Studying how natural ponds, streams, hillsides, and lakes form the most visually appealing designs offers a vast number of lessons for those wanting to design good-looking landscapes.
    The goal of a landscape designer is always to create something that enhances the beauty of what already exists - it's more art than engineering. To do this well you need familiarity with both disciplines as well as a general knowledge about building materials and basic horticultural techniques. You also need an instinctive sense for spatial order which will help you put the massing together sensibly so that features are visible from all angles and any planting repeats naturally.

    9 August, 2021

    The website offers a list of courses offered by colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Australia, and UK. Courses may be found in everything from gardening to architecture on topics such as: Garden Design Landscape Design Planting & Maintenance Arboretums Trails Research Ecological Planning Environmental Management Conservation Natural Resources Horticultural Therapy Environmental Science.
    It also provides links for schools offering "online" curricula for landscape design education. These curriculas are sometimes offered for free or at low cost. Registration on these sites may require some personal information, but not always . There is no charge to take these courses as they are run by online educational institutions that receive their funding from tuition fees taken from students or other sources.

    9 August, 2021

    Landscape design schools exist at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. If you want to attend an undergraduate or a postgraduate curriculum, it's important for students to have a high level of competency in math as well as in sciences.
    If you just want single coursework or some brush-up on landscape design skills, there are community college courses offered by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) that can help teach you more about landscaping specifics such as plant materials and lighting techniques.