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Landscape Design I: The Basics

ONLINE COURSE

Course Code: AL0205WA21

Landscape Design Training

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Date & Time

January 8 - February 26, 2021
8 consecutive Friday afternoons
1:00pm - 2:30pm EST (Log in time: 12:30pm EST)

**PLEASE NOTE: You will need to upload a photo ID before the class. You will be sent an email approximately one week prior to the class with instructions. If you cannot upload the ID, you will NOT be able to attend.

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


Learn how to create Landscape Design plans.


Learn the Basics of Landscape Design from Roy DeBoer, Jr.!
In this eight-week online landscape design training course (eight consecutive Friday afternoons), 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
  • Combining mixed concepts into a larger scheme
  • Understanding scale and space
  • Creating a readable site plan
  • Site analysis and constraints
  • Contours and land forms
  • Choosing appropriate plant materials
  • 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!

**NOTE: This course will have come homework assignments. You'll need to be able to photograph your drawings and send them via an email attachment.

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.

Interested in earning a Landscape Certificate?
This is a required course for the Rutgers Landscape Management II Certificate program.

Supplies & Optional Textbook

The following supplies will be needed for this class. Students are responsible for the cost and purchase of these materials. These items are available online. Do a simple Google search and you'll find them!

  • T Square (36" long)
  • One 30-60 degree triangle
  • One 45 degree triangle
  • Drafting Pencils (set of pencils 4B though 4H and a sharpener) OR mechanical pencils and various leads
  • Fine Sharpie pens OR ink drawing pen set
  • 24" wide roll of yellow or white tracing paper (20-25 yds long)
  • Erasers
  • Set of color pencils and/or color markers
  • Engineers Scale and an Architects Scale
  • Circle Template
  • Drafting Vellum (24" wide x 10 yds long roll)
  • Drafting Tape (masking tape 1/2 " wide or drafting tape dots)
  • Compass (optional)

Suggested Optional Text: The Essential Garden Design Workbook; Timber Press; ISBN-10: 0881929751

Credits

**PLEASE NOTE: In order to receive recertification credits for any of our online courses, you will need to upload a photo ID and your license number before the class. You will be sent an email approximately one week prior to the class with instructions. If you do not upload this information, you will NOT be able to attend.

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

Rutgers CEUs
1.2

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 $745.00 Register on or before January 1, 2021 and save!
Registration Fee $795.00 After January 1, 2021
Cancellation Fee $35.00  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Meals

No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be delivered via the Canvas learning system integrated with Zoom. Registration will close on January 1, 2021. On January 7, you will receive an email with a link and instruction explaining how to access the course. On January 8, the course will start promptly at 1:00 p.m. EST.

Equipment you will need to access this training:

  • A computer or tablet. Smartphones are not recommended for this course.
  • Microphone is necessary if you'd like to ask questions.
  • Webcam is optional but not necessary
  • Speaker is optional but not necessary (you will be able to listen to the presentation by dialing in on your phone if your computer does not have a speaker)

**PLEASE NOTE: You'll need to be able to photograph your drawings and send them via an email attachment.

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  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

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