Ecological Landscape Design

Course Overview


Yes, a garden can be stunning and low maintenance, a haven for wildlife in urban environments, a self-sustaining ecosystem - all at the same time.

Landscape health starts with intelligent design. In this course you will explore the intricate relationships within ecosystems, and how you can work with them to create vibrantly beautiful and healthy gardens. Be prepared for an eye-opening experience that will challenge some commonly held beliefs, and will leave you empowered with a new understanding of how a garden works.

This course would be of interest to:

  • Those considering a career in landscape design
  • Landscapers wishing to offer more professional design services
  • Homeowners wishing to design their gardens in a professional manner.

Landscape professionals earn generous pre-approved Continuing Education Credits to maintain industry certifications (SOUL, CNLA, NALP, ISA, BCSLA, MGOI, IPM Canada, NOFA).


Student Comment

Heide and Christina,

Yes it is working. Our challenge as students is to listen to what you are delivering through the absence of filters. Those filters that are woven from past accumulation of teachings into the fabric of our belief systems... then not thoroughly questioned until challenged. There is much resistance inherited in this process. What is it...mistrust? Or feeling the shakiness of the poor foundation we have constructed for ourselves...watching that fabric loosen in readiness, erode and crumble to fall away? Yikes!

Oh but to open ourselves like a vessel and let your words pour through like welcomed, fresh, pure water...It is so inspiring!

In my questioning to how am I to take notes to learn this the best, I saw that what you are telling us is so simple that a four year old could understand. Then it dawned on me that I could write my notes for that type of audience. Then the hilarious, inspirational thought came to me; that if I followed this idea/inspiration, even my agnostic, PHD candidate, biologist father would get it. And that is something I could aspire to.

I am the editor and co-founder of a parent/child newsletter at my son's elementary school and want to start a column on ecological landscaping and care. Our school prides itself on its active organic gardening and ecosystem "stewardship" so is willing and open to learning and observing. But mostly I am interested in creating a curriculum in this for the primary ages. What do you think? (about both ideas. in the newsletter, can I quote you or use you as a reference? Pass on course information?) I realize that I have no idea just what I am committing myself to, (considering your story about creating the curriculum we are following!) but it only feels perfectly right.

Nancy Brown, Victoria