I am interested in starting a career in landscape design. I would like to
use a correspondence or on-line course and would be interested in hearing
from any one who is working on or has completed such a course and would be
willing to recommend it.
Please reply to this thread.
There are such things of course, but as a college trained professional
landscape designer myself, I have a hard time featuring how such a remote
process would be of much benefit. You will miss the opportunity of
participating in invaluable design critiques with fellow students and your
instructors, you will not have the experiential training of actually working
with real design issues - designing and installing irrigation systems,
lighting, running a bobcat and working with grades and drainage - and you
will not have the chance to develop a local and comprehensive plant
If at all possible, I would recommend you take advantage of a more
conventional approach and get your training through an accredited college or
university - even community colleges and technical schools offer very
thorough horticultural and design programs and they often have them
available for evening study. You simply cannot get all the background and
experience you need by long distance.
Just my opinion.
pam - gardengal
Thanks for the info.
The only thing holding me back from doing the college coursed is time.
With 3 little ones I just don't have the time to attend classes. I
thank you for input though.
On Thu, 23 Oct 2003 14:06:00 GMT, "Pam - gardengal"
I live in Texas -- where only three schools even have landscape
architecture degree programs...and none of them are in major
cities...or even close to the two major cities I've lived my
post-bachelors degree life in.
Considering Texas is roughly the size of Afganistan, commuting seems
to be right out.
Oh, yeah, and I have two kids, too.
I feel for you, sub sonic! And let me know if you do come across an
accredited program somewhere. Shoot, just getting an irrigator's
license at this point would be a good start...
now in Houston, Texas
Well, gosh golly darn, John - how bad do you want to pursue a course of
study in horticulture/landscaping or even as an irrigation installer? A
quick Google search turned up at least 18 colleges or community colleges in
Texas offering degree programs in this field, including Houston Community
College, which has gotta be somewhat close to you, being in the same city
and all. (I know Texas is big, but come on - you can commute across town,
You don't have to apply to a 4 year university for a degree in landscape
architecture (and I doubt they will be of much help getting your irrigator's
license, besides) to become a landscape designer/contractor or
horticulturist and the two courses of study serve different purposes and
address different needs anyway. The training is out there, if you want it or
can be bothered to look for it, and a hands-on, in person, degreed program
is going to get you much farther faster than anything available by
correspondence or online.
pam - gardengal
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