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: 
October 15, 2018

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

Fees: $495.00 taxes included.

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.


Student 1:
Erin is extremely knowledgeable and patient and made the class fun.

Student 2:
Erin has opened a wonderful world of landscape design options, and has done so in a truly fun & nurturing setting…Well done!! :)

Student 3:
Erin’s Landscape Design course has fundamentally changed my thinking and the process of my work. She is encouraging, insightful and hardworking. A fantastic teacher.


Erin has been designing gardens professionally for over 16 years with her company, Greenspace Designs. Her designs have been featured in Boulevard Magazine and BC Home and Garden, and she has written articles about designing gardens for Yam and BC Home and Garden. In 2017, Erin won a Gold Care award for Best Outdoor Living Space (with Creative Spaciz). Strongly focused on sustainability, with traditional design know-how, Erin brings her knowledge and expertise of native plants, rain gardens, and drainage swales to the Landscape Design program. Erin holds a bachelor of Arts from UBC (2001), as well as a Horticultural Technician Certificate from VIU (1995).

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.