Landscape Design School

Landscape Design School

Landscape Design School was developed by National Garden Clubs, Inc. in 1958 and has been offered by The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. since 1978. The purpose of this four-part course of study is “to educate garden club members and the public to know good landscape architectural practices and to serve as guardians and critics of the natural and man-made landscape.” Anyone is welcome to attend who wishes to familiarize themselves with the principles and practices of landscape design as stewards of the outdoors. Newscape is the biannual NGC Landscape Design newsletter (published in the spring and fall) which provides news from the various state Landscape Design Councils and news about Landscape Design Schools.


The school’s curriculum offers a wide range of subjects in Landscape Design, including designing landscapes with plants and hardscapes (sidewalks, patios, sculptures), or redesign, with both the historical and future perspective. In addition the school discusses the creation of landscapes that evoke a particular feeling and purpose in both the public and private sectors.

Landscape Design Consultants

Landscape Design Consultants (LDC) are needed to intelligently serve as members of park boards, highway and conservation commissions, school grounds committees, and other community organizations. The Landscape Design Council community collaborates with members of the design professions in planning grounds of public buildings, parks, nature preserves and roadsides.

Garden club members may join the Landscape Design Council as a provisional member after receiving a grade of 70 or better on two exams. Council activities include field trips, programs and other aspects of continuing education.

What attendees have said about the school.


Well organized; accomplishes a lot in 2 days.


Learned so much, met great people/contacts and exchanged new ideas.


Kudos! Thank you for all the “before” “during” and “after” efforts to make this such a great conference


So excellent.  I have learned so much!  I hope to share info with my gardeners friends!


All presenters had a lot to offer! Very organized!  Nice to have presentation about lab and site in the beginning of Day 1.