ENVR066 Ecological Landscape Design


Course Description

This course begins with an overview of historical garden design perspectives, including an examination of the role of art, statuary, wildlife, water, and native ecosystems. The principles of landscape design and how the various elements are used in softscaping and hardscaping will be examined in detail on how to achieve particular esthetics and function. Design terminology and drafting skills will be applied when following the steps of the design process. Through case studies and project work, the topics of site analysis, hardscape construction and grading, estimating and landscape supplies, drainage and water solutions, site remediation and special needs will be covered. Throughout, presentation skills will be emphasized.

This course partially satisfies the requirements for the Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care. Several professional associations grant Continuing Education Credits for this course (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, SOUL).


Course Outline




Required Textbook:

Landscape Graphics: Plan, Section, and Perspective Drawing of Landscape Spaces, 2002 Edition by Grant W. Reid. Whitney, Library of Design, New York.



Landscape Design Basics with SketchUp Pro

Additionally, it is highly recommended that students have previously completed the Organic Master Gardener (classroom or online) OR Organic Horticulture Specialist as well as Ecological Plant Knowledge for Organic Gardeners course OR the Ecological Plant Knowlege 1 - Natives Online course, or intend to take it concurrently, or otherwise have extensive plant knowledge in their area of interest.


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