Free Landscape Design Courses
My original landscape design course runs for 108 days. Landscape design course #2 is 36 days long, while landscape design course #3 is a 35-day affair. The typical lesson in these classes is composed of a Reading of the Day, Landscaping Forum link (for discussion) and FAQ or Gallery of the Day. Graduates: check here for NEW courses and sign up for free!
This introductory landscape design course lasts 108 days and offers a sampling of the subjects I write about in my articles. Receive a daily newsletter in your email with links to tips for landscape design and maintenance work.
Already done with Course #1, "Landscaping -- A Yard at a Time?" The next logical step is to sign up, for free, for Course #2! "Landscape Planning and Planting" is a more targeted course, and it's shorter (36 daily lessons). A few lessons present specialized topics (for example, garden fountains and color theory), but the course's focus is on practical planting plans and maintenance.
My newest landscape design course complements the prior two offerings, which covered landscaping basics. Course #3, the "Alternative Landscaping" course, is more specifically geared to readers who, not content merely to have a pretty yard, wish to dig a bit deeper and question our attitudes toward the landscape.
When picking plants to install in your yard, you need to establish the proper criteria before you can make an intelligent selection. For any given spot in the yard, your first thought may be: “Out of all my possible plant choices, which plant will look best there?” But answering that question is really just the beginning of a long process, which includes answering additional questions regarding:
- Environmental conditions (sun vs. shade, tolerance towards drought or salt, etc.)
- Toxicity (many plants pose a danger to small children)
- Pest problems
At the end of the decision process, you should arrive at the right plant for the right spot.
This course will guide you through the process, using examples. We'll cover 14 landscaping categories in 128 lessons.