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Landscape Design

Whether you are pursuing the entire course series to earn a Certificate of Merit, or just interested in beautifying your property, landscape design courses are available to everyone.

Previous knowledge of plant material is strongly recommended and is required for some courses.

To earn the Certificate of Merit in Landscape Design, the student must satisfactorily complete the core courses, receiving a minimum grade of 70% in each course. Core course grades will be based on assignments, class projects, and participation. Elective courses will be graded on a pass/non-pass basis. To receive credit toward a Certificate, students must complete an assignment. Find out more.

Small class size ensures low student-teacher ratios. Please register early.

Upcoming Classes

Trees, Shrubs, and Conifers

Oct 11–Nov 22, 2021

Fully online. Explore the world of woody plants, including flowering trees, shrubs, and conifers.

Annuals, Perennials, and Vines

Oct 11–Nov 22, 2021

Fully online. Explore a collection of popular plants that will add a burst of color and texture to your garden.

Asian-Inspired Garden Design

Starts October 28, 2021

4 online sessions. Learn and adapt components of traditional and interpretive Asian gardens.

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Conferences & Symposia

Gain insights from experts during conferences and symposia at Longwood Gardens and beyond.

Our Gardens Your Home

Let's Talk Turf

Director of Grounds Shawn Kister talks about the challenges of caring for more than 175 acres of turf at Longwood.

Lessons from the Studio Garden

Former Director of Outdoor Landscapes Andrea Brunsendorf shares a few design principles and approaches used around our Gardens.

Spring’s Hidden Gems

Discover some often-overlooked woody plants to add to your landscape, whose blooms and foliage put on a dazzling spring show.

It's Tulip Time

Garden Manager Roger Davis shares spring’s quintessential flower in full bloom in our Idea Garden.

Gardens Spotlight

Enjoy spring splendor from 2018 as we share inspiration and beauty from some favorite past displays.