Part-Time Evening Classes at PDA

Landscape Design

This program will introduce the design process for anyone employed in a landscape related position, or anyone wishing to ‘Design & Create’ their own landscape upgrades.

Simple steps and how-to’s will be explored which will include planning, design considerations, plant material, and construction techniques. Participants will be able to work with a specific property of their own, or with a provided sample lot and client. 

The course will provide in-depth knowledge of the design process, including site evaluation and analysis, design theory, function and spatial delineation, and concept development. Lastly, an understanding of soils and plant material followed by basic construction techniques will be covered. No previous design, drawing/drafting, or CAD experience is required.

Objectives: To provide basic landscape design process knowledge for the creation of sustainable site and landscape planning, without the requirement for drawing, drafting, sketching, or CAD or related software knowledge.

Course Length: 6 weeks, 36 hours

Materials Needed: Pen, paper, and binder

Program Start: 
February 5, 2018

Course Hours: 5:30pm-8:30pm. Mondays & Wednesdays

Fees: $495.00

Course Outline:

Week 1:
Landscape Design Process; Site Plan and Existing Conditions.

Week 2:
Site Analysis; Client Program and Wish-List.

Week 3:
Function and Spatial Outline: Client Program in Real Time.

Week 4:
Concept Development; Soils and Plants.

Week 5:
Basic Construction Techniques; Dealing With Slopes, Water Tables and Bedrock.

Week 6:
Project Planning; Estimating and Bill of Materials.


Head of Landscape Design & Planning

With over forty years of involvement in the landscape industry, Ken graduated from Humber Colleges Landscape Technology Program. He completed his BLA in 1986 and MLA in 2011. Through the University of Guelph, he expanded on landscape education development and was involved with Skills Ontario and Skills Canada committee work. In 2006 he travelled to Brazil to instruct World Skills trainers and their competition team for the international competition in Japan in 2007, where he also represented Canada with a team from Quebec. This event was held in Calgary, AB in 2009, where Ken represented Canada as host to fifteen international landscape gardening competition teams.

Classes with insufficient registration will be cancelled. Should this occur, a full refund will be issued. So don't delay, register today!

Please call 250-383-3631 for more information.