This course focuses on the art and science of planting design with essential emphasis given to theory and practice (site analysis; design process and synthesis; development of an appropriate plant palette; production of planting plans; specifications and contract documents; and cost estimating and bid documents). The student develops appropriate plant palettes that are responsive to site characteristics, cultural requirements of individual plant species, aesthetic qualities of individual plant species, and design intent. Assignments focus on design principles and elements in planting designs, historical precedent, and current issues relevant to planting design. Attention is given to observation, assessment, and the practice of designing as a method of gaining knowledge about the theory and practice of planting design. Content is delivered through lectures, readings, group discussions, field trips, studio/design projects, and juried presentations.
6 hours of studio per week
[Course fee: $20]