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Course Name: Landscape Design I: The Basics
Course Code: AL0205CA24
Date of Most Recent Offering: January 5 – February 23, 2024
Date: January 5 – February 23, 2024 (every Friday afternoon for 8 weeks) UPDATE THIS FOR NEW OFFERING
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (Check-in time: 12:30 pm) UPDATE THIS FOR NEW OFFERING
Location: Blake Hall, Room 244, 93 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (Directions & Map)
Format: In person classroom course UPDATE THIS FOR NEW OFFERING
Registration Fee: $795 per person UPDATE THIS FOR NEW OFFERING
Early Bird Discount Fee: $745 per person (December 29, 2023) UPDATE THIS FOR NEW OFFERING
Registration Closes: January 3, 2024 UPDATE THIS FOR NEW OFFERING
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This class is part of the Landscape Management II Certificate Program.
Learn the Basics of Landscape Design!
In this fundamental landscape design course held on eight consecutive Friday afternoons, instructor Lisa Cameron will demystify the design process and lay out the sequential steps for creating a successful landscape. You’ll learn to articulate your design objectives, use functional diagrams and site analysis to understand your site, generate ideas and forms, and refine those ideas into complete, site-appropriate landscape plans.
- Understanding the Design Process
- Elements of Landscape Design
- Functional and Spatial Diagrams
- Functional and Spatial Diagrams
- Site Analysis and Constraints
- Understanding Scale and Space
- Preparing Base Maps
- Creating Readable Site Plans
- The Regulatory Environment
- Landscape Elements
- Vehicular and Pedestrian Circulation
- Hardscape: Decks, Patios, Pools, Walls, Fences
- Contours and Landforms
- Choosing Plant Material
- Planting Design and Plant Massing
- Planning for Landscape Maintenance
Hands-on Assignments to Practice Your New Landscape Design Skills
In addition to learning the theory and principles of landscape design, you’ll get practical experience by completing weekly assignments. These assignments will allow you to immediately apply your new knowledge and skills. You’ll get feedback from the instructor as well as your classmates to help you improve your designs and your presentation skills. Your final project will be a complete residential landscape plan. Students will be encouraged to use their own real-life projects for the final.
Who Should Attend?
If you’re serious about creating better landscapes, for yourself or for others, this class is for you. Past students include:
- Landscape Contractors, Owners, and Forepersons
- Garden Center and Nursery Personnel
- Master Gardeners
Meet Your Instructor
Lisa G. Cameron
Lisa G. Cameron is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned a degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. She retired following twenty-four years as a Licensed Landscape Architect for the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, where she focused on creating public access to natural areas for passive recreation and environmental education. Headquartered at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst, the Commission is widely known for its work in landfill reclamation and its early use and advocacy of native plants to support wildlife communities.
Lisa currently consults as a freelance landscape designer, book designer, and graphic designer, drawing on her original training and a BFA form Philadelphia College of Art. She has an active art career which draws heavily on her experiences in landscape architecture.
“The course removes all confusion about how to start a project. [Instructor is] very passionate, always willing to assist, unbelievably knowledgeable.”
– Past Participant
“[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, Garden Nanny
“Very good teacher, loves going over projects and pointing out the little things that matter.”
– M. Barthelme, A Simply Greener Side
Continuing Education Credits
The most recent offering of Landscape Design I: The Basics was approved for 2.8 Rutgers CEUs (28 contact hours).
No meals will be provided at this course.
Course Requirements and Policies
Course Supplies and 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)
- Set of colored 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
COVID-19 Mask & Vaccination Policies for Face-to-Face Classes
Registrants attending OCPE events are not currently required to wear face masks or provide proof of vaccination.
To continue to protect yourself and others:
- Masks are welcome.
- If you have symptoms, testing is encouraged.
- If you feel unwell, please recover at home. Contact us to cancel your registration at 848-932-9271, option 2 or email@example.com.
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.
Campus Parking Policy
All visitors must register their vehicles ONLINE to park on campus. Please follow the guidelines below. Failure to comply with these policies may result in a citation.
- A link to register your vehicle will be provided in your course confirmation email. Please be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus.
- When you park on campus, be sure that your license plate is unobstructed and visible from the driving aisle.
- All Rutgers faculty/staff/students must use their regular Rutgers permit and park in the nearest lot assigned for their permit type.
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Cancellations and Substitutions
A $35 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
Attention U.S. Veterans
This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. Learn more.
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