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Landscape Design I: The Basics

Course Code: AL0205CA16

Landscape Design Training

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Date & Time

Last Held: January 15 - March 4, 2016
8 consecutive Friday afternoons
1:00pm - 4:30pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 12:30pm)

Next offering tentatively planned for January-March 2017. Registration will open when course dates are confirmed.

Description

Takeaways Shared by Students:

"[Appreciated the] instructor's teaching skill, years of experience, and hands-on approach to each project, starting with bubble diagram, building to finish and design. Takes away [the] mystery."
- B. Thomas, Principal, Garden Nanny

"Very good teaching, loves going over projects and pointing out the little things that matter."
- M. Barthelme, Landscape Crew Leader, A Simply Greener Side, on instructor Roy DeBoer, Jr.

"The course removes all confusion about how to start a project. [Instructor is] very passionate, always willing to assist, unbelievably knowledgeable."
- Owner, Landscaping company


NOTE: This is a required course for the Landscape Management II Certificate Program

Learn how to create Landscape Design plans.

Learn the Basics of Landscape Design from Roy DeBoer, Jr.!

In this eight-week landscape design training course, instructor Roy DeBoer, Jr. will take the mystery out of the design process and lay out the sequential steps for planning a perfect landscape. From the basics of bubble diagrams to the complexity of major site installations, you'll learn how to do it right from someone who has done it all!

Topics Covered in this Landscape Design Class Include:

  • Introduction to the landscape design process
  • Fundamentals and elements of landscape design
  • Introduction to design graphics
  • Functional and spatial diagrams
  • Preparing base maps and bubble diagrams
  • Site analysis and constraints
  • Contours and land forms
  • Plant massing and design composition
  • Vehicular and pedestrian needs / Mechanics of driveways and walks
  • Decks, hardscapes, pools, and gathering areas
  • Walls, rain gardens, and water features
  • Landscaping for corner lots
  • And more!

Hands-on Assignments to Practice Your New Landscape Design Skills

Several landscape design projects are incorporated into the curriculum for this course, each one building upon previous coursework and gaining in complexity. In addition to learning the theory and principles behind picture-perfect landscape designs, you’ll get practical experience completing assignments such as developing a base map, preparing a site analysis overlay, creating a front yard landscape plan, designing a residential courtyard landscape, planning a backyard entertainment area with deck and patio, and developing a landscape plan for a corner lot.

These projects will provide you with the chance to apply your new knowledge of landscape design concepts and practice using all of the design skills you have learned. Plus, you’ll get feedback from the instructor and your classmates to help you improve your design concepts so you can feel confident presenting to future clients! Your weekly design assignments culminate in a final project in which you will create a residential lot landscape plan.

Supplies

The following supplies will be used in this class. Students are responsible for the cost and purchase of these materials: 

  • Drafting pencils (2B, B, HB, 2H)
  • Drafting table or board (optional for home use – the classroom has drafting tables)
  • A circle template and a compass
  • T-square
  • 45 and 60 degree triangles
  • An engineer's scale
  • An architect's scale
  • Drafting tape
  • Drafting Eraser
  • Calculator
  • 18" roll of trace (yellow or white)
  • Sketch pad
Credits

The January-March 2016 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits
3 Technical, 3 Management

NJ Licensed Professional Engineers
Pending

Rutgers CEUs
2.8

For the latest credit information, please call (848) 932-7483.

Who Should Attend Landscape Design I: The Basics

If you're serious about creating better landscapes, this class is for you! Here are some of the types of people who have taken this course in the past:

  • Landscape Designers
  • Landscape Business Owners
  • Landscape Contractors
  • Landscape Foremen
  • Groundskeepers
  • Garden Center and Nursery Managers
  • Master Gardeners
  • Homeowners
Students Reviews of the Landscape Design Course

"This class presents a great overview of all the aspects of good design. I have now learned how to translate my ideas for clients and put them on paper."

"[I learned] how to efficiently use space in a landscape and create an environment that will be a lasting investment."

"[I learned] how to develop sketches and I will immediately begin using these techniques for new customer designs."

"Terrific exposure to garden designs and graphic representation."

"Great overview of all aspects of landscape design."

"Great practical examples and applications!"

"The course removes all confusion about how to start a project. [Instructor is] very passionate, always willing to assist, unbelievably knowledgeable."
- Owner, Landscaping company

Learn Landscape Design Basics from Instructor, Roy DeBoer, Jr.

Roy DeBoer, Jr. is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he earned a degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. He is a Licensed Landscape Architect as well as a Licensed Professional Planner. He provides professional services including Land Use Planning and Zoning, Landscape Architectural Design Services, Site Plan Design, Community Impact Analysis Reports, and Graphic Illustration Services. In addition to teaching this course, he is an Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University. His portfolio/website is availabe at www.deboerplanning.smugmug.com.

Here's what past students had to say about Roy:

  • "Very good teaching, loves going over projects and pointing out the little things that matter."
    - M. Barthelme, Landscape Crew Leader, A Simply Greener Side
  • "[Appreciated the] instructor's teaching skill, years of experience, and hands-on approach to each project, starting with bubble diagram, building to finish and design. Takes away [the] mystery."
    - B. Thomas, Principal, Garden Nanny
Fees
Early Registration Fee TBD  
Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Meals

No meals will be provided at this course.

Location

GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Blake Hall, Studio Room 244
93 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions, Parking Information & Map

Parking permit required for this location (will be provided to registrants).

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.

Register

Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Landscape Design I: The Basics" or Course Code AL0205) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano, 848-932-7317
Administrative Assistant: Karen Tizzano, 848-932-7483

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

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