Landscape Design Schools Objectives

  • Develop a greater sense of appreciation, pride, and knowledge about our private and public gardens.
  • Become better educated to make changes in our surroundings so that they will be more beautiful, useful, and convenient, ecologically sound, and easily maintained.-Stimulate interest in all phases of landscape design, including community planning that will affect all our lives.
  • Develop a contingent of qualified Landscape Design Consultants to serve in such decision-making areas of public life as providing leadership, educational programs, scholarships, awards, and promoting better landscape design.
  • Besides gaining greater enjoyment in their gardens through this knowledge, members have found this program inspirational, leading to the development of important civic and private projects.

The purpose of the program of Landscape Design School from its beginning in 1952 has been to educate Garden Club members and the public to know good landscape architectural practice and to serve as guardians and critics of natural and manmade landscapes.  Landscape Design School program now includes a series of four Courses, Educational/Optional programs, and tours, and has lead to the development of Landscape Design Councils which continue to further the members’ education in the landscape field.  Both members and non-members, including garden club members, civic association members, nursery personnel and anyone else interested in landscape design are encouraged to take these courses.  The intent, of course, is not qualify the graduate for professional practice, but is recognized as special achievement among NGC members.  This is an in depth study of landscape design, and gives attendees a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to create a good landscape and the ability to then view completed landscapes and judge the various components of the resulting product.

What does this class give me?

  • An in depth study of landscape design
  • A comprehensive understanding for creating and evaluating your own Landscape
  • Ability to help with design for your clubs’ civic projects
  • Ability to judge completed landscapes for awards programs and garden contests
  • Ability to assist with applications for awards
  • Assistance becoming a better example and serve as guardians and consultants of land use and outdoor beauty
  • Ability to present landscape related presentations to instruct and encourage others in good landscapes
  • Knowledge to serve and assist on civic boards for parks, tree commissions, planning, and zoning matters
  • After taking and passing two classes, invitation to join as provisionary member of Ohio Landscape Design Consultant Council
  • Attend special educational programs presented by professional
  • Tour public and private gardens sometimes not normally otherwise available
  • Attend workshops to study landscape plans
  • Practice evaluation of landscape designs
  • Support to profession of landscape design through scholarships
  • Most of all- fun and life-long friendships with wonderful like minded people