Creating well-being and beauty for today and the future while balancing concerns over the social, environmental, and economic restraints is what drives true sustainability. The disappearance of natural and rural space, environmental issues, which impact the health of people, planet and profits (triple bottom line) are shaping new landscapes; it's more than simply creating esthetically pleasing landscapes. The ideals of organic horticultural practices are combined to provide a foundation for practicing sustainable landscape design. This program is ideally suited for anyone in the landscape and horticultural trades seeking to upgrade skills, or for individuals interested in working as a professional landscape/garden designer. This intensive Sustainable Landscape Design Certificate program is offered part-time and consists of five core courses and two electives. Specific learning areas will include: plant knowledge, design essentials including designing for specialty gardens, sustainable landscape management, and landscape graphics fundamentals. In the role of sustainable landscape designer, graduates will be qualified to design small scale private and public landscapes using soft and hardscaping materials, including the provision for a long-term landscape management plan.
This program meets the educational requirement for membership in the Society of Urban Organic Land Care (SOUL).