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Planting Design

Courses and Certificate

The Dogwood flower is composed of four showy white bracts which appear like petals.

The Dogwood flower consists of showy white bracts

Photo by Bonica Ayala; Bonica Ayala

Fall registration is open! Click here to see course offerings! Explore the full Fall 2014 schedule here!


    PCE & LI Undergraduate
    3 credit $1760.00
    3 credit audit $1320.00
    1.5 credit $948.00
    1.5 credit audit $711.00
    1.0 credit $640.00
    1.0 audit $480.00
    SDI Graduate
    1.5 credit $1494.00
    1.5 credit audit $1121.00

    Please use Self-Service for workshop and seminar pricing.

      Planting design is an art that requires a professional knowledgeable in horticulture and creative with nature's palette. The BAC's Planting Design Certificate prepares you to effectively use living materials in the design of environments that are functional, sustainable, and harmonize aesthetically with their surroundings. Focus on methods of site design, materials choice and plant selections as you prepare for a rewarding career as a sole practitioner, as part of a retail garden operation, or as a team member in a landscape architecture firm. All classes in the Planting Design Certificate transfer into the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Program. Benefits to all certificate students include access to the Learning Resource Center and library borrowing privileges.

      Planting Design Courses and Certificate Curriculum

      To earn the Certificate in Planting Design, students must complete the following 11 courses:

      • Required Courses
        • Professional Practice
        • Landscape Construction Methods and Materials
        • Design & Digital Media
        • Visual Studies Elective
      • Choose One Introduction Studio
        • Introduction to Landscape Architecture Studio
        • Design I: Process - Fundamentals
      • Choose One Additional Studio
        • Landscape Architecture Studio: Concept and Synthesis
        • Design II: Methods - Design with Landscape Systems
      • Choose Six
        • Planting Design I
        • Planting Design Composition
        • Plant Taxonomy
        • Plant and Soil Associations
        • Native Plant Communities
        • Professional Planting Design
        • Sustainable Planting Applications
        • Botany
        • Horticultural Sciences I: Trees
        • Horticultural Sciences II: Shrubs
        • Horticultural Sciences III: Perenials
        • Perennial Garden Design
        • Field Identification of Trees and Shrubs