Landscape Design students working in a classroom.

Landscape Design Summer Intensive

Fast-track your landscape design training.

The Landscape Design Certificate Program at NYBG is an engaging, career-oriented program that gives you a solid, plant-focused foundation along with the skills and confidence you need to start your own business. We cover every aspect, from design principles and drafting to site analysis and construction.

In just five short weeks, you’ll complete more than 30% of the courses required for the Certificate in Landscape Design. Immerse yourself in our hands-on summer intensive program that combines interactive coursework with plant walks led by NYBG Garden Curators, guest designer portfolio talks, and open studio time. You’ll develop a tight network of like-minded colleagues while coming up with solutions to real-world design challenges.


Landscape Design History
Graphics I
Graphics II
Landscape Design I
Basic Plant ID
Plants for Landscaping
NYBG Curator Led Tours
Off-Site Garden Visits
Guest Designer Portfolio Presentations
Open Studio Time


This Summer Intensive program will resume in 2021.


$3,865 (Member) / $4,249 (Non-Member)
Special financing options are available.

Questions about the intensive? Call 718.817.8747 or e-mail

Liz Crawford headshot

The NYBG Landscape Design Summer Intensive gave me the jump-start I needed to start my ‘encore career.’ I am so grateful
for the warm camaraderie of both my fellow classmates and the instructors. I hope to keep
these friendships long after I graduate.

Liz Crawford

2018 Summer Intensive Student, Owner of Arcadia Design

Andrea Spunberg's headshot

At NYBG, I discovered more than a challenging curriculum: outstanding instructors, a community of nature enthusiasts, and inspiration through the ever-changing garden grounds. The Landscape Design Program gave me a strong foundation for lifelong learning aligned with my philosophy of a sustainable relationship with nature. As a result, my curiosity and passion for plants, art, and design evolved into an exciting and fulfilling new career as a landscape designer.

Andrea Spunberg

2018 Graduate, Landscape Designer, Leslie Needham Design LLC

Marcia Kirkley headshot

I have rediscovered my love of learning here. NYBG offers an extensive collection of classes taught by exceptional instructors, and the Garden is a national treasure.

Marcia Kirkley

Nonprofit Founder, 2014 Landscape Design & Horticulture Graduate, 2018 Botany Graduate

A headshot of Landscape Design Intensive student Sarah Rabdau.

I came to NYBG as a Summer Intensive Landscape Design student to see if I wanted to pursue a career in the field. From the first day, I knew I’d made the right decision. The teachers—landscape architects, historians, horticulturists—were experienced and encouraging, and the work was challenging. The Intensive confirmed my direction, and I’m currently on track to complete the Certificate program within a year.

Sarah Rabdau

2017 Graduate

A photo of George Siriotis, a Landscape Design Intensive student.

The Landscape Design Program gives you a broad exposure to the field. You walk away with some very specific design skills you didn't have when you started.

George Siriotus

2015 Graduate, and owner of Transitions Landscape Design, LLC