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Landscape Design School

Helping members and others develop a greater appreciation of the environment, both natural and human made.

Landscape Design School

Become an NGC Landscape Design Consultant

Since its founding in 1958, professional instructors have maintained the high standards originally incorporated in the landscape design study program. Students acquire the tools for making their own gardens more beautiful and easier to maintain. Students have been motivated to serve in political decision-making areas where awareness of the impact of a well-designed landscape can enhance the beauty and enjoyment of life in the public arena. Learn more about becoming a Consultant here.

What is a Landscape Design School?

Landscape Design School is a series of four 10-hour courses. Topics include ecosystem knowledge, principles and elements of landscape design, landscape design history and process as well as designing for the environment. Plant selection, historic preservation, landscape maintenance and other subjects round out the curriculum.

Primarily intended for garden club members, courses are open to the public. Member clubs, groups of clubs, councils, districts and state garden clubs sponsor courses. Upon successful completion of the series of four courses, garden club members receive the designation of NGC Landscape Design Consultant. To maintain Consultant status, continuing education is required. Single-subject and Multiple Refreshers provide advanced study opportunity and the occasion to interface with other Consultants. Participation in Consultant Councils is encouraged as a means of using the knowledge gained from this educational program.

For more information, please contact Greg Pokorski, Landscape Design School Chairman.

See the NGC Schools Handbook and all related forms on the SCHOOLS RESOURCES page. 

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What Will I Learn?


Start with the basics of landscape design theory, history and what to include in a plan.



Continue your landscape design journey with deciding the who, what and where of the plan.



Finish with specific landscape design styles and evaluation as well as community involvement.


Find a Landscape Design School

Interested in attending a Landscape Design School near you or across the country? Treat yourself to more landscaping knowledge, have fun and meet fellow garden designers.

Landscape Design School Special Forms

The Landscape Design School Committee provides additional forms and information specific to their schools. This material benefits planners and attendees of Landscape Design School.

Landscape Design School Committee members for the 2019 - 2021 term.

NGC LDS Directory 2019 - 2021

Suggested experts for each topic for each course of Landscape Design School

LDS 2c Areas of Expertise for Instructors

Suggested topics for special interest presentations

LDS 20 Special Interest Topics (Sep 20)

Course 1 – Your Ecosystem; Space, Design & People; Principles & Elements of LD; Developing Your Garden Plan; Basics of Site Plan; Color in the Landscape; Design for the Environment; Development of LD - Ancient Times to 1840; Xeriscaping.

LDS 21 Course 1 Curriculum (Aug 18-1)

LD Process; Designing for Pollinators & Wildlife; Plants in the Landscape; Accessible, Enabling & Therapeutic Gardens; Structures in the Landscape; Redesign of Areas; Development of North American LD; Preservation of Historic Sites & Structures; Overused, Often Invasive Plants & Native Alternatives.

LDS 22 Course 2 Curriculum (Aug 18-1)

LD Process; Woody Plants in the Landscape; Herbaceous Materials in the Landscape; LD with Maintenance in Mind; Graphics Interpretation; Creating Your Own Home Garden Landscaping Plan.

LDS 23 Course 3 Curriculum (Aug 18)

Contemporary LD Trends; Community Participation in Landscaping Projects; History and Development of Community Gardens; Suburban Design; Guidelines for Evaluating Landscape Designs; Evaluation of Landscape Designs.

LDS 24 Course 4 Curriculum (Aug 18)

Stewards of the Land chapters corresponding to LDS courses

LDS 25 Required Reading by Course

2019 updates to the Landscape Design School curriculum

LDS 26 Curriculum-2019

Special information on course exam questions

LDS 27 Test Question Values-2019

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