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Professional Planting Design


This course will address the distinctive requirements of planting plans for gardens and parks. Students will study design principles and artistic qualities for combining plants and creating a palette of trees, shrubs and perennials that responds to underlying ecological implications and reflects sustainable practices. We will explore techniques for creating a planting theme by considering the structure of plants and the characteristics that create space, seasonal interest, the effect of color, inspiration and mood. Examples from actual gardens, with particular attention to current naturalistic planting practices, will be used throughout to clarify ideas and promote discussion. Classes will include lectures, in-class exercises, and critiques. Students will prepare planting designs and a professional planting plan with layout information, plant lists, and details. Specifications, contract preparation, plant tagging and construction installation, and client relations will also be included. Prerequisites: Design I and Drafting. Familiarity with plants is highly recommended.

Credits 3 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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